The Canadian city of Saskatoon has awarded Graham Commuter Partners a public-private partnership contract for the North Commuter Parkway Bridge and the new Traffic Bridge.
A special meeting of the city council was held yesterday to approve the project and Graham Commuter Partners will now have 60 days to achieve financial close.
The Graham Commuter Partners consortium is made up of ASL Paving, BBGI, Buckland & Taylor, Clifton, Gracorp Capital Partners, Graham Infrastructure, National Bank Financial and Tetra Tech.
“This will be the city’s largest infrastructure project ever,” says Dan Willems, Saskatoon’s special projects manager with major projects. “We’ve gone through a very competitive procurement process and we thank each of our shortlisted proponents for their submissions.”
Graham Commuter Parners beat two other teams - Bridge City Infrastructure Group (Aecon Concessions, Bank of Nova Scotia, CH2M Hill Canada, Flatiron Constructors Canada, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Hochtief PPP Solutions North America, P. Machibroda Engineering, Volker Stevin Highways) and Bridge City Partners (Acciona Concessions Canada, AECOM, DIF Infra 3 Canada, Mainroad Holdings, Natixis, Pacer Projects Corp).
The price proposal from Graham Commuter Partners is within the city’s approved budget for the project. A report will be brought back to the council in November outlining the financial details of the proposal.
The estimated capital cost of the North Commuter Parkway is US$159.4 million, and the estimated cost to replace the Traffic Bridge is US$31 million.
The tender process had begun in July 2014 (link opens in new tab).
Graham Commuter Partners will build the bridges based on technical requirements and project design parameters that have already been approved. It will finance and maintain both bridges for a period of 30 years, with the city retaining ownership of the bridges.The North Commuter Parkway Project includes a six-lane bridge and 9.3km of new arterial roads. The Traffic Bridge will accommodate all modes of transportation while retaining a similar look to the previous structure.
The city decided in June to seek cost-savings by allowing bidders flexibility in the design (link opens in new tab).
Some construction activities may begin as early as this autumn. The project is scheduled for substantial completion in October 2018.