June 8, 2009
ST. STEPHEN (CNB) - The provincial government has released the names of three proponents determined to be qualified to submit proposals to complete the Route 1 Gateway Project.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry released the names today following completion of the evaluation of the qualifications of the respondents.
The project involves the construction of 55 km of four-lane highway, including 27 km between Murray Road (Route 127 near Waweig) and St. George (Route 770) and 28 km between Letang River and Lepreau. This work will complete Route 1 as a four-lane highway.
The successful proponent will also undertake a number of selected upgrades to the highway, in addition to the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of 235 kilometres of Route 1 between St. Stephen and River Glade.
Last December, Landry announced that this project would be undertaken through a public-private partnership.
"Completion of Route 1 as a four-lane highway was a major component of the Charter for Change," said Landry. "The request for qualifications (RFQ) was issued in February as the first step to identify a qualified developer / operator. We are now one step closer to accelerating construction and rehabilitation work and delivering a safer, more efficient highway."
Landry said that three teams responded to the RFQ:
The RFQ invited developers to express interest and demonstrate their ability to meet project objectives. All responses to the RFQ had to be received by March 31. Each submission was subject to a comprehensive government review.
These firms are now qualified to respond to the government's request for proposals, which Landry said will be released in the next two weeks.
"This government has committed itself to being transparent through this entire process," said Landry. "By making public a summary of the RFQ and the names of these qualified firms, we are keeping residents informed on the status on this project."
Landry noted that during the last two highway public-private partnership projects, New Brunswick-based firms supplied more than 80 per cent of the work and materials.
"The improvements to Route 1 will deliver an economic stimulus by creating construction and spinoff jobs," the minister said. "Over the long term, this project will also support our social and economic agendas in developing the New Brunswick Energy Hub, the Atlantic Gateway and the Benefits Blueprint Initiatives as we strive toward self-sufficiency."
Construction on Route 1 will begin in the spring of 2010, with new four-lane sections and selected upgrades to be finished no later than November 2013. The successful proponent will also take on operation, maintenance and rehabilitation responsibilities for Route 1 starting in June 2011 for up to 30 years.
The project is being jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments. Further information, including a detailed project map and a summary of the RFQ, may be found online.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of RFQ respondents and team members. MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Frye, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-444 5838.
RFQ respondents and team members
New Brunswick Transportation Group
Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras S.A.
Miller Paving Ltd.
AMEC Earth and Environmental
Advanced CAD Services
Conquest Engineering Ltd.
Crandall Engineering Ltd.
Ralph Smith Engineering Inc.
St. Isidore Asphalte Ltée
Trainor Surveys Ltd.
Valron Engineering Inc.
The Dexter Team
Municipal Enterprises Ltd.
Dexter Construction Company Ltd.
MMM Group Ltd.
Thurber Engineering Ltd.
Applied Research Associates Inc.
Boissonnault McGraw et Associes Ltee
Roy Consultants Group
National Bank Financing
The Brun-Way Group
Atcon Construction Inc.
A.D. Fiander Associates Ltd.
Eastern Designers and Company Ltd.
Hillside Consulting Engineers Ltd.
R.A. Currie Environmental Ltd.
Road Safety Audit Team (Morrall, Hildebrand, Wilson)
Caldwell and Ross Ltd.
Dunbar Construction Ltd.
Fundy Contractors Ltd.
K-Line Contractors Ltd.
Springhill Construction Ltd.
SNC-Lavalin Profac Inc.