The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Ontario has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) to shortlist teams to design, build, finance and maintain the proposed Windsor-Essex Parkway.
The parkway will connect Highway 401 to a new Canadian inspection plaza, and a new international crossing over the Detroit River into Michigan. The project is the single largest highway investment in Ontario’s history.
It was conceived to take trucks off local roads, and ease congestion in the Windsor-Detroit gateway.
The design will include 300 acres of green space, 20 km of recreational trails and measures to mitigate noise and environmental factors, according to the Ministry.
It will be owned and operated by the government and won’t require users to pay tolls.
A final decision on the location of the parkway under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act and Canadian Environmental Assessment Act is expected later this summer.
The Ministry is looking for project teams with the construction and maintenance experience—and financial strength—to deliver on the large and complex project.
The short-listed teams will be invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP), should the required regulatory approvals be granted.
—Photo: Courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation