Preferred bidder announced for Highway 104 PPP project in Nova Scotia

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The government of Nova Scotia in Canada has selected a consortium of Dexter Nova Alliance to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a section of Highway 104 which will be twinned between Sutherlands River, Pictou Co., and Antigonish. The consortium consists of fund Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure (BBGI) and Dexter Nova Alliance. 

The consortium was one of three proponents shortlisted to bid on the project. The company submitted the highest-scoring proposal, based on technical approach, financing, and overall cost. As the preferred proponent, the province will negotiate terms of a final agreement, including costs, before the end of March.

The consortium will construct a 38km four-lane divided highway corridor, beginning at the end of the existing divided highway near Exit 27 at Sutherlands River to the existing divided highway just west of the Addington Forks Interchange (Exit 31) at Antigonish. The concessionaire will operate and maintain the new highway, plus two existing segments of Highway 104 (9.3km of existing divided highway between East River Road New Glasgow and Exit 27, and the recently completed 16km Antigonish bypass) for twenty years following completion of construction.

The project agreement with Dexter Nova Alliance is expected to be finalized in April 2020. Once the contract is formally awarded, project cost information will be made public. Construction will start this spring and be completed no later than the end of 2023. The province also approved an early works agreement that will allow for design and permitting work to proceed immediately so that construction can start this spring. The concession will run until 2043.

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