Ontario shortlists three for road project

Three consortia out of an initial six have been selected to submit proposals for the expansion of Highway 427.

Three international consortia will be invited to submit proposals for the design, building, financing and maintenance of the Highway 427 project, Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Ontario said in a recent statement.

In addition to being evaluated based on their experience, construction capability and financial capacity, the bidding teams were also judged on their understanding and experience in delivering similar projects in Ontario.

The teams with the highest score who will be invited to respond to a Request for Proposals, which will be released in early 2016, are: 427 Link – teaming Plenary with Walsh; the Blackbird Infrastructure Group comprising Cintra and Ferrovial Agroman; and Link 427, which includes ACS and Dragados.

The project involves adding a new 6.6-kilometre extension from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive and a 4-kilometre road widening from south of Albion Road to Highway 7.

Infrastructure Ontario, the Crown corporation owned by the Province of Ontario whose mission is to help the government modernise and maximise the value of public infrastructure and realty, did not disclose the cost of the project. According to its website it will do so when the project reaches financial close.

A portion of the funding will come from the province’s 10-year, C$134 billion (€89.6 billion; $98.7 billion) infrastructure investment programme, the largest in Ontario’s history.