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Alberta names shortlist for Deerfoot Trail improvements

August 23, 2021  By Rock to Road Staff

The government of Alberta has named three groups that may submit proposals to complete improvements on Calgary’s Deerfoot Trail.

Alberta Transportation shortlisted Calgary Safelink Partners, Deerfoot Trail Partners and Deerfoot Trail Infrastructure Partners (EllisDon) for the project using a public-private partnership (P3) delivery model.

Four teams responded to the May 2021 request for qualifications. The submissions were evaluated based on company experience, personnel, past performance and financial capability.

The three shortlisted groups have until July 2022 to submit their proposals and financial bids, after which the successful proponent will be selected.


Among the improvements:

  • Twinning Ivor Strong Bridge
  • Improving Anderson Road/Bow Bottom Trail Interchange
  • Twinning the bridge over Glenmore Trail
  • Reconfiguring the 17 Avenue SE and Memorial Drive Interchanges and eliminating weaving traffic
  • Widening between 17 Avenue SE and Airport Trail to four lanes in each direction

The shortlist includes financing, construction, design and maintenance companies.

Calgary Safelink Partners is comprised of Vinci Highways SAS, Graham Capital Partners, Carmacks Enterprises Ltd., Graham Infrastructure LP, Vinci Infrastructure Canada Limited, and Parsons Inc.

Deerfoot Trail Partners involves 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.

EllisDon Capital Inc., EllisDon Construction Services, Lafarge Canada and Aecom Canada Ltd. make up Deerfoot Trail Infrastructure Partners (EllisDon).

Construction on Deerfoot Trail, Alberta’s busiest road, is anticipated to begin in fall 2022 and will be completed in fall 2026.

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