Request for Qualifications issued for The Windsor-Essex Parkway

    Construction of the new Parkway will provide a major economic boost to

    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - The Ministry of Transportation and
Infrastructure Ontario today released a request for qualifications (RFQ) to
pre-qualify and shortlist teams to design, build, finance and maintain the
proposed Windsor-Essex Parkway.
    The RFQ is the first step in the procurement process to select a team to
design, build, finance and maintain The Windsor-Essex Parkway.
    The Windsor-Essex Parkway will connect Highway 401 to a new Canadian
inspection plaza, a new international crossing over the Detroit River, U.S.
plaza and to Interstate 75 in Michigan. The Windsor-Essex Parkway is the
single largest highway investment in Ontario's history. It will create
thousands of project-related jobs, take trucks off local roads, and allow for
the free flow of traffic in the Windsor-Detroit Gateway.

    The Windsor-Essex Parkway will include community and environmental
features, such as:

    -   300 acres of green space.
    -   20 kilometres of recreational trails.
    -   extensive landscaping throughout the corridor.
    -   noise and environmental mitigation measures.

    The Windsor-Essex Parkway will be owned and operated by the government
and will not be a toll road.
    The location of The Windsor-Essex Parkway was identified through
extensive public consultation and study as part of an Environmental Assessment
process by the Ontario and Canadian governments. A final decision under the
Ontario Environmental Assessment Act and Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
is expected later this summer.
    The RFQ for The Windsor-Essex Parkway project is available at
    RFQ submissions will be evaluated to pre-qualify project teams with the
design, construction and maintenance capability and experience, the qualified
personnel and the financial strength to deliver a project of this size and
complexity. The short-listed teams will be invited to respond to a request for
proposals (RFP), should the required approvals under the Ontario Environmental
Assessment Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act be granted.

    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation are working
together to develop The Windsor-Essex Parkway, which will remain publicly
owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable. Infrastructure Ontario is
a Crown corporation dedicated to managing some of the province's larger and
more complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on time
and on budget.
    Visit for more information. Additional
information on The Windsor-Essex Parkway can be found at

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For further information:

For further information: Paulette den Elzen, Infrastructure Ontario,
(416) 327-5764; Heather Grondin, Windsor Border Initiatives Implementation
Group, Ministry of Transportation, (519) 973-7359

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