CALGARY, ALTA. — Three groups have been shortlisted by Alberta Transportation to submit proposals to complete improvements on Deerfoot Trail using a public-private partnership (P3) delivery model.
The three shortlisted teams include:
- Calgary Safelink Partners – Vinci Highways SAS; Graham Capital Partners; Carmacks Enterprises Ltd.; Graham Infrastructure LP; Vinci Infrastructure Canada Limited; and Parsons Inc.
- Deerfoot Trail Partners – Aecon Concessions; Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc.; Meridiam Infrastructure North America Fund III; Stantec Consulting Ltd.; Wood Environment & Infrastructure; CH2M-Hill Canada Ltd. (Jacobs); and COWI North America Ltd.
- Deerfoot Trail Infrastructure Partners (EllisDon) – EllisDon Capital Inc.; EllisDon Construction Services; Lafarge Canada; and Aecom Canada Ltd.
“Calgarians know what traffic on the Deerfoot is like,” said Rajan Sawhney, minister of transportation, in a statement. “That’s why we’re taking action to ease traffic and make life better for Calgarians with significant improvements to Deerfoot Trail. Alberta’s Recovery Plan is investing a record amount, more than $20.3 billion, on improving and building the infrastructure that Albertans need. This P3 project will not just make Deerfoot safer and less congested while creating good jobs for Calgarians, it will also save tax dollars.”
The province received four responses to its May 2021 request for qualifications.
According to the province, the submissions were evaluated based on “company experience, personnel, past performance and financial capability.”
The groups include financing, construction, design and maintenance companies.
The three shortlisted groups have until July 2022 to submit their proposals and financial bids, after which the successful proponent will be selected. Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2022. Deerfoot Trail is Alberta’s busiest road with 180,000 vehicles using it each day.
The project will include twinning Ivor Strong Bridge, upgrading the Anderson Road/Bow Bottom Trail Interchange, twinning the bridge over Glenmore Trail, reconfiguring the 17 Avenue SE and Memorial Drive Interchanges to eliminate weaving traffic, and widening between 17 Avenue SE and Airport Trail to four lanes in each direction.