July 21, 2014 5:43 pm

Saskatoon looks for private sector partner to build 2 bridges

The City of Saskatoon issues request for qualifications to find private sector partner to build new bridges.

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SASKATOON – The call is out from the City of Saskatoon to find a private sector partner to build two new bridges in the city.

The request for qualifications (RFQ) is the first step in a two-stage procurement process for the new North Commuter Parkway Bridge and the Traffic Bridge replacement.

Under the RFQ, interested parties will outline their experience and qualifications to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the project.

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“The RFQ stage is crucial as it gives us the information we need to ensure the best teams with the best experience and qualifications move on to the Request For Proposals (RFP) stage, where they’ll provide more details like bridge designs and roadway alignments for the projects,” says Dan Willems, the city’s Bridging to Tomorrow project manager.

“This procurement process is very comprehensive and will clearly identify the most qualified private sector partner to work with the City on this important project.”

Once the RFQ closes on Sept. 14, a shortlist of up to three potential partners will be asked to participate in the request for proposal stage.

Watch the video below: Bridging to Tomorrow

The provincial government promised in the 2014-15 budget it would support the north bridge project only if the Government of Canada pitched in.

On June 9, Brad Wall announced Saskatchewan is investing $50 million to the north commuter bridge as part of a tripartite deal with the City of Saskatoon and the federal government.

The feds announced a contribution of up to $66 million through the P3 Canada Fund for both bridge projects.

Federal funding will also go towards replacing the 107-year-old Traffic Bridge which has been closed since August 2010 after inspectors found it to be a safety risk.

The estimated total cost of the bridges and connecting roadways is $252 million.

Completion of both projects is slated for late 2018.

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