Friday, January 27, 2023

RFPs closed for Ontario’s Highway 3 Widening Project

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Infrastructure Ontario announced that the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage has closed for teams to submit their bids to design, build and finance the Highway 3 Widening Project – Essex to Leamington.

The project extends 15.6 kilometres, widening the highway from two lanes to four from the Town of Essex to the Town of Leamington (1.2 km east of Arner Townline (Essex Road 23) easterly to 1.1 km east of Union Avenue (Essex Road 34).

Following a fair, open, and transparent Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, three teams were prequalified and invited to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) in December 2021. Two of the three teams – Erie Shores Infrastructure Partners and GIP Paving Inc. (formerly Coco Paving Inc.) – have submitted proposals by the deadline.

Over the next few months, submissions will be evaluated, and the outcome is expected to be announced in spring 2023. A fairness monitor is overseeing the entire procurement process.

IO in collaboration with MTO is leading the procurement of the Highway 3 Widening Project. The project is being delivered through IO’s design, build and finance (DBF) 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 project:

  • Widening the road from two to four lanes for 15.6 kilometres, from the Town of Essex to the Town of Leamington.
  • Drainage improvements including the extension of six mainline structural culverts, replacement/extension of existing centerline culverts along with the installation of additional culverts for the modifications to the local road network.
  • Realignment and intersection removals of several local roads on Highway 3.
  • Reconstruction/resurfacing of existing lanes on Highway 3.
  • Signalization and illumination as required.
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