Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) have awarded a fixed-price contract of $313.8 million to EllisDon and Coco Paving (EDCO) to design, build and finance the QEW / Credit River Improvement project.

The QEW is a 400-series highway in Ontario linking Toronto with the Niagara Peninsula and Buffalo, New York. The Credit River is a river in southern Ontario, which flows from headwaters above the Niagara Escarpment near Orangeville into Lake Ontario at Port Credit, Mississauga.

The project is expected to reduce commute times and the emission of greenhouse gases. The design and construction of the project will also generate employment opportunities.

The EDCO team includes the following:

  • Developer: EllisDon Capital Inc. and Coco Paving Inc.
  • Constructors: EllisDon Capital Inc. and Coco Paving Inc.
  • Designers: AECOM Canada Ltd.
  • Financial: EllisDon Capital Inc

EDCO will begin with design work, with construction expected to start in early 2021. Travellers can expect to have full use of the improved highway by mid-2025.

The project is being delivered through IO’s design, build and finance Public-Private Partnership (P3) model, which transfers appropriate risks associated with design, construction and financing of the project to the private sector.

Features of the improvement project will include: construction a new twin bridge north of the existing Credit River Bridge; rehabilitation of the existing Credit River Bridge; widening and improving the QEW; replacing the Mississauga Road overpass; improving/reconfiguring the Mississauga Road interchange; and, constructing Active Transportation crossings (and associated trail infrastructure) at the QEW and over the Credit River, for the City of Mississauga.

EDCO estimates the majority of the labour will come from the Greater Toronto Area. There will be approximately 150 workers on site at the peak of construction.

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