The Alberta government has asked three groups to submit proposals to develop the southwest section of Calgary’s Ring Road using a Design-Build-Finance-Operate delivery model, otherwise known as a public-private partnership (P3). The three groups are Mountain View Partners, Southwest Connect and Valley Link Partners. Five teams responded to the Request for Qualifications issued in July. The submissions were evaluated based on several criteria.
This included company experience, personnel, past performance, and financial capability. The groups are consortia composed of financing, construction, design, and maintenance companies. According to the province, the road will be finished three years earlier than through conventional delivery. To date, the Alberta government has committed about $1.9 billion toward the construction of the Calgary Ring Road. The Southwest Calgary Ring Road project involves construction from Highway 8 to Macleod Trail SE including reconstruction of Glenmore Trail from Sarcee Trail to east of 37 Street. The project includes 31 km of six and eight-lane divided highway, 14 interchanges, one road flyover, one railway crossing (flyover), and three river crossings over the Elbow River and Fish Creek. On May 22, a land transfer between Alberta and the Tsuu T’ina Nation was finalized, allowing the construction to go forward. Provincial Crown lands have been added to the Tsuu T’ina Nation reserve and 1058 acres of former reserve land have been transferred to Alberta.