Nov. 16, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Technical submissions have been received by the New Brunswick Highway Corporation from all three qualified consortia participating in the Request for Proposals process as part of New Brunswick's Route 1 Gateway Project.
"This is an important step forward on this major infrastructure project," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry, who is also chair of New Brunswick Highway Corporation. "These submissions begin the evaluation process as we proceed to have an agreement in place in early 2010 with construction to start as early as this spring."
Announced in December 2008 as a public-private partnership, the Route 1 Gateway Project will engage a developer/operator to design and construct 55 km of new, four-lane highway between Murray Road, near Waweig, and Lepreau. A number of upgrades for existing four-lane sections of Route 1 will also be undertaken, with all construction to be completed by July 31, 2013.
The successful proponent will also assume responsibilities for the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of 235 km of Route 1 between St. Stephen and River Glade for a 30-year period starting in June 2011.
This will be New Brunswick's third public-private partnership to design, build, finance, operate, maintain and rehabilitate a highway as part of a multi-year agreement. This project will deliver on the government's Charter for Change commitment to complete Route 1 as a four-lane highway.
The qualified groups participating in the Request for Proposals process are:
Technical submissions consist of the project's design, construction, engineering, environmental and quality management requirements. Also included are road-building specifications relating to the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the highway, including upgrades for existing sections of the highway planned as part of the project.
Landry said a comprehensive review of each submission will be carried out to determine if each proponent's technical submission complies with the technical requirements of the project.
Proponents passing the technical evaluation will then be eligible to submit a financial offer submission in February 2010.
The Route 1 Gateway Project is jointly funded by the New Brunswick and federal governments. Further information about the project is online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Frye, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-444-5838.