Roads & Paving
Highway 427 Expansion Project contract awarded
By Andrew Snook
March 16, 2017 – LINK 427 has been awarded a fixed-price contract to design, finance and maintain the Highway 427 expansion project for approximately $616 million.
The LINK 427 team consists of the following:
•Developer: ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. and Brennan Infrastructures Inc. (a member of the Miller Group of Companies);
•Construction: Dragados Canada Inc., Brennan Infrastructures Inc. and Bot Infrastructure Ltd.;
•Design: MMM Group Ltd. and Thurber Engineering Ltd.; and
•Maintenance: ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. and Brennan Infrastructures Inc.
The announcement was made by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).
“The contract that has been signed with LINK 427 is a significant step in this important highway expansion project, which will greatly benefit those travelling through York Region and the City of Toronto,” said Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli.
Construction is expected to start this year and be completed in 2021.
The expansion project includes:
•A new 6.6-kilometre extension from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive with eight lanes from Highway 7 to Rutherford Road, six lanes from Rutherford Road to Major Mackenzie Drive and three interchanges: Langstaff Road, Rutherford Road and Major Mackenzie Drive;
•New median High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes;
•A 4-kilometre road widening from Finch Avenue to Highway 7;
•From six to eight lanes, Finch Avenue to south of Steeles Avenue;
•From four to eight lanes, from south of Steeles Avenue to Highway 7; and
•New median High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes.
“We are very excited to have reached another important milestone in extending Highway 427,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation. “This is a critical local project that will create meaningful jobs and improve commute times for residents and businesses living and working in this region.”
Once construction is complete, LINK 427 will receive a substantial completion payment, followed by a series of monthly payments from the Province over a 30-year period. The 30-year period commences when construction is complete. These monthly payments cover routine maintenance, construction, lifecycle repair and renewal of the highway as well as project financing, IO recently stated in a press release.
LINK 427 estimates that the project will generate employment for about 250 people on site at peak construction periods.
“We are pleased that a contract has been signed with LINK 427 and look forward to the start of work on this important project in the coming months,” said Ehren Cory, president and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario.