Request for qualifications to complete Route 1 issued (09/02/04)

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Feb. 4, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A request for qualifications has been issued to complete the Route 1 gateway project as a four-lane highway from Route 1 at St. Stephen to Route 2 at River Glade.

The project includes the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of 235 kilometres, which will become the responsibility of the successful proponent in June of 2011, for up to 30 years.

Transportation Minister Denis Landry issued the request for the design, construction and financing of the 27-kilometre stretch between Murray Road (Route 127 near Oak Bay) to St. George (Route 770); the 28-kilometre section from the Letang River to Lepreau; selected upgrades to existing sections of Route 1; and the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the entire Route 1. The project, to be completed by 2014 or sooner, and will be implemented as a provincially led public-private partnership.

"Government is following through on its commitment in the Charter for Change to complete Route 1 as a four-lane highway," said Landry. "Accelerating its completion is a key element in our efforts to support the Benefits Blueprint initiative, along with our development of the New Brunswick Energy Hub and the Atlantic Gateway. More importantly, it will save lives and improve the flow of people and goods on this important trade corridor."

Following the request for qualifications, the New Brunswick Highway Corp. will seek proposals to design, build, finance, operate, maintain and rehabilitate the highway. Landry said that all proponents will be subject to a comprehensive and stringent evaluation process.

"Government and its partners have developed a good track record," said Landry. "Recent highway initiatives between Fredericton and Moncton, and between Longs Creek and Quebec, have captured four national and international awards. Over 80 per cent of the work and services provided on both of these projects were provided by New Brunswick companies."

The project is being jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments, as announced by Premier Shawn Graham and Minister of Veterans Affairs Greg Thompson on Sept. 4, 2008.

"Using a private-sector partner will provide government a guaranteed maximum price," said Landry. "Additionally, the successful proponent assumes the financial risks in terms of financing and completing the project on time."

Companies shortlisted to submit proposals will be made public, along with the request for proposals and final agreement.

More information on the Route 1 gateway project may be found online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.