Roads & Paving
Preferred proponent team chosen for Phase 4 of Kicking Horse Canyon Project
September 21, 2020 By B.C. Government News
Following a competitive procurement process, a preferred proponent team has been chosen to design and construct Phase 4 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project near Golden, B.C.
The Kicking Horse Canyon Project is one of the province’s top transportation priorities. Phase 4 is the final part that will bring the remaining 4.8 kilometres of narrow, winding two-lane highway up to a modern four-lane, 100 km/h standard, improving efficiency and safety for travellers.
The preferred proponent team selected to enter into final contract negotiations with the Province is Kicking Horse Canyon Constructors:
- Aecon Group Inc.
- Parsons Inc.
- Emil Anderson Construction
The request for qualifications was posted through BC Bid on Sept. 5, 2019. On Dec. 13, 2019, the shortlisted proponents were invited to respond to the request for proposals (RFP). This was followed by a thorough RFP process, and an evaluation of technical and financial submissions was undertaken. The project is being delivered through a design-build model to ensure the best value for the people of British Columbia.
Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp) is leading the delivery of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project – Phase 4 on behalf of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. TI Corp will provide the controls, practices and other oversight that are essential for this complex project.
The project will be delivered under the Province’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). Through the CBA, the project will increase training and apprenticeship opportunities on site and prioritize hiring local workers, Indigenous peoples, women, people with disabilities and other traditionally under-represented groups, including youth, who want to build a career in the skilled trades. BC Infrastructure Benefits is responsible for implementing the CBA for the project and will be the employer for most of the skilled workforce on the project.
Phase 4 will realign and widen the final section of the canyon to four lanes with median barrier and snow avalanche and rock fall hazard protection to improve safety, capacity and reliability. Limited early works, such as geotechnical investigations and preliminary clearing, will begin this fall prior to the final contract award later this year. Traffic impacts during this period are expected to be minimal.
Provincial construction sites have protocols and policies in place following the requirements of the provincial health officer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include physical distancing and other protocols to ensure worker and public safety.
The project has a budget of $601 million ($386 from the provincial government and $215 million from the federal government). Completion is expected in winter 2023-24.
For more information on this project, including flyover footage, visit: kickinghorsecanyon.ca
For job opportunities for the Kicking Horse Canyon four-laning project, visit: www.bcib.ca/
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