Regina Bypass largest infrastructure project in Saskatchewan history
July 1, 2015 by STAFF REPORT
SaskLink Global Transportation Partners (SGTP) will build the new Regina Bypass as a design-build-finance-operate-maintain public-private partnership (P3). Once complete, the bypass will be the largest transportation infrastructure project in Saskatchewan’s history.
“The Regina Bypass Project is the largest transportation project in the province’s history and is going to have a major impact on our economy and on traffic safety,” Saskachewan’s Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. “After more than a decade of planning and significant consultations with municipalities, stakeholders and the general public, work will start in just a few short weeks, with the immediate priority being the long-awaited overpass at White City.”
Based on preliminary numbers, this project will generate significant economic benefits for the province by creating 8,200 construction-related jobs in Saskatchewan.
SaskLink Global Transportation Partners (SGTP) includes:
- GraCorp Capital
- Urban Systems
- Buckland and Taylor
- Clifton Assoc.
Contract negotiations are underway with the intent to finalize terms by late-summer 2015. In the meantime, the province will enter into an Early Works Agreement with SGTP in advance of contract finalization. Early works will include work related to service roads to the southeast and east of the city and the overpass at White City. Activities such as design work, utility moves and clearing may be part of the Early Works Agreement.
Construction on the publicly owned bypass is expected to begin in summer 2015 and be complete by fall 2019, with priority components opening in advance of the full bypass completion.
The route includes the west portion that is already under construction and its next phase, running from Dewdney Avenue to Highway 11. The south portion runs from the new overpass at Highway 1 to Highway 33 about 5 km south of the city, and includes twinning the portion of Highway 6 between Highway 1 and the Bypass. The southeast portion runs from Highway 33 to Highway 1 east about 400 m east of Tower Road. The project will include three overpasses at the Pilot Butte Access Road, Highway 48 at White City and Highway 46 at Balgonie.
“This is a significant milestone for Saskatchewan as we move forward with our second P3 infrastructure project that will not only improve the quality of life for Saskatchewan people, but one that is also delivering savings and on-time delivery for taxpayers,” SaskBuilds Minister Gordon Wyant said.
The federal government, through PPP Canada, is investing up to $200 million in the project.