Fraser Crossing Partners has been selected as the preferred proponent for the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project in B.C.
The construction team, headed by Aecon and Acciona, and the province are currently undergoing final negotiations for the contract to design and build the new bridge, provide partial financing during construction and demolish the existing bridge.
The contract award is anticipated for early 2020. The project will be delivered under the province’s controversial Community Benefits Agreement (CBA).
“Aecon looks forward to playing an important role in connecting the communities of New Westminster, Surrey and the surrounding area,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, president and Chief Executive Officer, Aecon Group Inc. “This selection illustrates Aecon’s recognized reputation as a partner-of-choice for large-scale, critical infrastructure projects and further expands our solid, diverse presence in Western Canada.”
The new Pattullo Bridge, a four-lane, toll-free crossing that will replace the existing Pattullo Bridge, connects Surrey and New Westminster, B.C. The new bridge will provide important improvements including:
- A safer crossing for all bridge users with modern, wider lanes, separated by a centre median barrier
- Dedicated walking and cycling lanes, separated from traffic by a barrier on both sides of the bridge
- Better connections to, from and near the bridge.
The project, for which the RFP was released earlier this year, shortlisted three teams for the bridge replacement: Fraser Community Connectors, Flatiron/Dragados/Carlson Pattullo JV and Fraser Crossing Partners.
The $1.4 billion Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project is scheduled to open in 2023. Once the new bridge is open, the existing bridge will be removed. Pre-construction work will start in the coming months.