TORONTO, Jan. 21, 2015 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Transportation have selected Blackbird Infrastructure Group as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the Highway 407 East Phase 2 project.
The selection of Blackbird Infrastructure Group as the preferred bidder is the result of an open, fair and competitive procurement process overseen by a third party fairness advisor. The Blackbird Infrastructure Group team includes:
- Developer: Holcim (Canada) Inc. and Cintra Infraestructuras
- Constructors: Dufferin Construction Company and Ferrovial Agroman Canada
- Designers: Urban Systems, AIA Engineers and Louis Berger Group
- Maintainers: Holcim (Canada) Inc. and Cintra Infraestructuras
The Highway 407 East Phase 2 project will:
- extend Highway 407 about 22 kilometers from Harmony Road in Oshawa to Highway 35/115 in Clarington
- connect Highways 401 and 407 with a 10-kilometre East Durham Link that will serve as a north-south freeway
- provide eight new interchanges; this includes freeway to freeway connections at Highway 407 to the East Durham Link and Highway 35/115 and at the East Durham Link to Highway 401
Over the next several weeks, Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation will negotiate contract details with Blackbird Infrastructure Group. The cost of the project will be announced publicly following financial close this winter signaling the contract has been signed and the project's costs finalized. Construction work is anticipated to begin in fall 2015.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation are working together to deliver both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Highway 407 East which will remain publicly owned and controlled.
Phase 1 is currently under construction and scheduled to open by late 2015.
IO is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that works to deliver public benefits through partnerships with the private sector. IO delivers large, complex public infrastructure projects using a made-in-Ontario modern procurement and project management practice called Alternative Financing and Procurement. IO also partners with the private sector to manage one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public-sector clients with loans to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to advise the provincial public-sector clients on commercial transactions.
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.
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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
For further information: Terence Foran, Infrastructure Ontario, 416-325-2939; Bob Nichols, Ministry of Transportation, 416-327-1158