VICTORIA, B.C. — The government of British Columbia has awarded Fraser Crossing Partners with the contract to build the Pattullo Bridge Replacement valued at $967.5 million.
Fraser Crossing Partners teams consists of Acciona Construccion S.A., Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc. Aecon Group Inc., Aecon Constructors, Leonhardt, Andra und Partner Beratende Ingenieure VBI AG, Hatch Corporation, and EXP Services Inc. The overall budget for the replacement project is $1.4 billion.
“People in the Lower Mainland depend on the Pattullo Bridge every day, and they deserve safe, easy, toll-free commutes. The current bridge has needed to be replaced for years, and I’m proud our government is getting it done in a way that benefits the local community with good jobs and training opportunities. This is all part of our work to keep people and goods moving as we build a strong, sustainable B.C.,” premier John Horgan said in a statement.
The four-lane bridge will have wider lanes into Surrey and New Westminster including dedicated pedestrian and cyclist lanes, with an option to expand to six lanes.
The project will be delivered under the province’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) framework, which hires workers through B.C. Infrastructure Benefits Inc. from several the province’s building trades unions. The Pattullo Bridge replacement will be funded and owned by the provincial government and will be delivered on behalf of the Province by the Transportation Investment Corporation.
“The Pattullo Bridge is a critical crossing for residents and commercial truck drivers. With today’s milestone announcement, we’re one step closer to a safer, more efficient crossing that will benefit thousands of people every day. What’s also great about this project is that it will – using the Community Benefits Agreement – provide jobs for local people, increase work experience opportunities for apprentices and help mobilize a strong construction workforce for British Columbia,” B.C. minister of transportation and infrastructure Claire Trevena said in a statement.
The new bridge is scheduled to open by fall 2023.