Saskatoon set to award bridge tender contract

City of Saskatoon set to award the tender contract for the North Commuter Parkway and Traffic bridges project to Graham Commuter Partners. File / Global News

SASKATOON – The city is taking the next step in building two new bridges in Saskatoon. City officials have announced they have found a contractor for its largest construction project ever.

The city is prepared to award Graham Commuter Partners with the contract for the North Commuter Parkway and Traffic bridges project.

A special city council meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8 to approve it.

Graham will then have two months to figure out the financials and report back to council.

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The project includes a six-lane bridge linking the Marquis Industrial area with University Heights as well as a new Traffic Bridge into the downtown core.

“Graham Commuter Partners will build the bridges based on approved technical requirement and project design parameters, as well as finance and maintain both bridges for a period of 30 years while the city retains ownership of the bridges,” said Dan Willems, the city’s special projects manager.

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The estimated cost of the project is $252.6 million. The federal government is providing up to $66 million for the project through the P3 Canada Fund, with the province contributing $50 million.

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2018.

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