Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway

Location:
Windsor-Essex region
Project Type:
DBFM - Design Build Finance Maintain
Infrastructure Type:
Transportation
Contract Price:
$1.4 billion
Estimated Value for Money:
$325.4 million

About the Project:

  • The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway was part of the Province's long-term transportation solution to improve the movement of goods and people through Canada's busiest gateway - the Detroit-Windsor borders.
  • The Parkway is owned by the Province and is not a tolled road.

Status

  • Request for Qualifications:
    Jun 29, 2009
  • Short-list Bidders Selected:
    Oct 08, 2009
  • Request for Proposals:
    Dec 28, 2009
  • Winning Bidder Selected:
    Dec 15, 2010
  • Construction Begins:
    Dec 15, 2010
  • Construction Ends:
    Oct 02, 2015

Winning Bidder

The Windsor Essex Mobility Group (WEMG) is the consortium selected to design, build, finance and maintain the Parkway. WEMG is a partnership between ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., Acciona Concessions Canada, and Fluor Canada Limited. 

Features

  • The six-lane, 11 kilometre freeway and four-lane service road has 11 covered tunnels.
  • Tunnels range in size from 120 metres to 240 metres long, totaling 1.8 kilometres.
  • Extensive landscaping with more than 300 acres of green space and 20 kilometres of recreational trail.

Community and Green Benefits

  • Provides a freeway for commercial motorists and reduces heavy traffic in residential areas. (At the time of the project's construction, nearly one-third of all Canada-U.S road trade travelled through the Detroit-Windsor border and through residential neighbourhoods in Windsor-Essex);
  • Recreational trails connect communities and promote healthy living;
  • Green space was integrated with local parks and other protected natural areas to create a green corridor that supports viable natural communities and buffers surrounding communities from the freeway;
  • Species-at-risk and their habitats are protected for the long-term, and where necessary, they were relocated to areas that were restored, enhanced or created and protected.

Economic Benefits

  • The project was a major catalyst for job creation, other public projects and partnerships.
  • The project's primary contractor, Parkway Infrastructure Contractors (PIC), partnered with Ontario-based companies to construct the project. 
  • PIC estimates that between 60 to 80 sub-contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars were put out to tender over the course of the project.
  • Much of the Parkway's construction and maintenance work were performed by local sub-trades and the majority of on-site labour went to tradespeople in the region.
  • About 1,200 workers were on the site daily, at the peak of construction. 
  • WEMG estimates its partners spent hundreds of millions of dollars on local labour, local supplies, and materials over the lifespan of the project.

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