Winnipeg awards Plenary-led group Transitway P3

The $451.7m project, which includes extending Winnipeg’s Bus Rapid Transit Corridors, will be the largest infrastructure undertaking in the Canadian city to date.

A consortium led by Plenary Group Canada has emerged as the preferred bidder to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) and Pembina Highway Underpass Project.

Plenary Group and its partners PCL Constructors Canada and Alberta Highway Services beat out two other groups led by Hochtief and Aecon for the right to pursue the C$587.3 million ($451.7 million; €401.7 million) transportation project.

“When completed, the Southwest Transitway will allow Winnipeg Transit to bypass heavy traffic volumes on Pembina Highway, leading to a greater on-time reliability, higher travel speeds and improved service to the surrounding neighborhoods,” Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said in a statement.

When completed, the project will be the biggest infrastructure undertaking to date in Winnipeg. It includes extending Winnipeg's Bus Rapid Transit Corridors – high-speed roadways for buses, physically separated from the regular street system – by 7.6km, adding 10 transit stations, two park-and-ride facilities, two transit way bridges, an overpass, an underpass and a tunnel.

According to Winnipeg Transit, the project will help accommodate anticipated population growth in southwest Winnipeg that could lead to an estimated 40 percent traffic increase on Pembina Highway by 2030.

Stage 1 of the Southwest Rapid Transitway opened in April 2012 and connects downtown Winnipeg with nearby Pembina and Jubilee. Phase 2 of the project will extend the Transitway from Pembina and Jubilee south to the University of Manitoba.

Construction is slated to begin this summer with completion expected in late 2019. The new Transitway is expected to open to traffic in April 2020.

Plenary Roads Winnipeg will operate and maintain the bus corridor and underpass from 2019 through 2049, at which point the assets will revert back to the city of Winnipeg in “a condition acceptable to the City”.