TORONTO - Infrastructure Ontario released a request for qualifications today to prequalify and shortlist project teams to deliver the Highway 407 East Phase 2 project.
The request for qualifications is the first step in the procurement process to select a team to design, build, finance and maintain Phase 2 of Highway 407 East. The project will:
- Extend Highway 407 eastward from Harmony Road in Oshawa to Highway 35/115
- Provide a new 10-kilometre East Durham Link to connect Highway 407 East and Highway 401, east of Oshawa
- Provide eight new interchanges, including three freeway-to-freeway connections to Highway 407 East and Highway 401 from the East Durham Link and highway 35/115
In addition to creating jobs, interested bidders are expected to provide training, mentoring and skills development opportunities during construction. Once complete, Highway 407 East will help ease traffic congestion in the Greater Toronto Area and improve the flow of goods, services and people in the region.
Submissions will be evaluated to pre-qualify project teams with relevant design, construction and maintenance capabilities and experience, the qualified personnel and the financial strength to deliver a project of this size and complexity. Only teams shortlisted from this process will be invited to respond to a request for proposals.
In January 2009, the province announced that Highway 407 East would be tolled. The province will retain control and ownership of the highway, and will be responsible for setting the toll rates.
Highway 407 East Phase 1 is under construction and is expected to be open to traffic in late 2015. The first segment of Phase 2, which will run from Harmony Road to Taunton/East Durham Link is expected be open to traffic in 2017, with the remainder to be completed by 2020.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation are working together to develop Phase 2 of Highway 407 East.
Infrastructure Ontario is a crown agency of the Province of Ontario that delivers large, complex infrastructure renewal projects on time and on budget. Over the last six years, the province has applied Infrastructure Ontario's alternative financing and procurement model to 83 major projects valued at approximately $38 billion, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion. Infrastructure Ontario also manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public sector clients with financing to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private sector expertise to manage major commercial transactions on behalf of the province.
Paulette den Elzen
Ministry of Transportation
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