Canadian Consulting Engineer

News

Private consortium selected to build Edmonton ring road

Alberta Transportation has selected a P3 team to design, finance, build and maintain the Southeast section of the A...


Alberta Transportation has selected a P3 team to design, finance, build and maintain the Southeast section of the Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton. Due to open in 2007, the project forms a section of the Edmonton ring road and includes 11 kilometres of highway and 24 bridge structures.
A consortium known as Access Roads Edmonton was selected for the $493-million package, which the province estimates would cost $497 million if it were delivered conventionally. The road will be warrantied by the consortium for 30 years. In 2003, the construction cost was estimated at $300 million, but since then the scope of the project has been expanded.
The successful consortium consists of several consulting engineering firms who will do the design: Marshall Macklin Monaghan (lead), Stantec Consulting, ERES Geotechnical, Golder Associates, Earth Tech Canada and Bel MK Engineering.
The highway’s builders are PCL, Lafarge and Sureway.
Under the P3 arrangement, the contractor pays for the design and construction of the road, and the province will make predetermined monthly payments to the contractor over 30 years to cover the construction costs as well as ongoing maintenance and operational costs.
In addition to what the province is spending on the project, the government of Canada will contribute up to $75 million through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.