TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) have shortlisted three teams to submit proposals to design, build, finance and maintain the Highway 427 expansion project.
From a request for qualifications process that began in July 2015, six interested bidders submitted proposals that outlined their qualifications for the project.
Teams were evaluated based on their construction capability, experience, qualified personnel and financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope. Selection criteria also included assessing their understanding and experience in delivering similar projects in Ontario, as well as their ability to work with local companies and to administer relevant Canadian and Ontario standards.
The three highest scoring teams have been shortlisted. The following lists the prime team members:
Blackbird Infrastructure Group
These teams will be invited to respond to a request for proposals expected to be issued in early 2016.
The Highway 427 expansion project includes a new 6.6-kilometre extension from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive and a 4-kilometre road widening from south of Albion Road to Highway 7.
The Highway 427 project is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history. The province's 10-year, $134 billion commitment is supported by a number of initiatives, including unlocking the value of public assets to help support investments in transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure projects.
The project is being delivered under Infrastructure Ontario's Alternative Financing and Procurement model, which transfers risks associated with design, construction, financing and maintenance of the project to the private sector.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
"Expanding Highway 427 will create jobs, strengthen the economy and help ease congestion and keep traffic flowing safely and efficiently. This new expansion project is proof of our commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for all Ontario families."
Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
"Investing in our infrastructure is key to moving goods and services, attracting new investment to the province and driving job growth. Projects such as the expansion of Highway 427 help ensure Ontario keeps moving today and remains competitive for tomorrow."
Bert Clark, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario
"Infrastructure Ontario is proud to play an important role in delivering the highway expansion project. With this announcement, we are a step closer to selecting the winning team that will deliver this project."
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 (AFP). 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: Lisa DiMenna, Infrastructure Ontario, 416-326-9378; Bob Nichols, Ministry of Transportation, 416-327-1158