Expert financial, technical and engineering services needed for project
OTTAWA: The federal government has issued a request for proposals related to the construction of the new bridge for the St Lawrence. Through the RFP, expert financial, technical and engineering services will be retained to conduct an in-depth analysis of the preferred method for procurement and construction of the bridge. These services also include the development of traffic and revenue forecasts, as well as preliminary engineering work to identify possible options and their costs. With an estimated $20 billion in international trade crossing the Champlain Bridge annually, this corridor is important for the regional economy and also benefits the national economy.
“I am pleased to officially launch the next phase of the project to build this bridge, said Denis Lebel, minister of transport, infrastructure and communities, and minister of the economic development agency of Canada for the regions of Quebec. “The business case represents an essential part of the planning process for the construction of the new bridge. At the same time, we are continuing to work on the environmental component and to ensure the safety of this vital crossing.”
The RFP is posted on the Government Electronic Tendering Service (called MERX) and the contracting process is managed by public works and government services Canada. The contract award is expected to be announced at the beginning of June 2012.