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Highway 3 Widening Project

Between Essex and Leamington
Project Type:
DBF - Design Build Finance
Infrastructure Type:
Contract Value:
$138.6 million

About the Project

The Highway 3 Expansion project extends 15.6 kilometres, widening the roadway to four lanes from the Town of Essex to the Town of Leamington. Highway 3 is a critical highway that provides regional and international connectivity.


  • Request for Qualifications
    Jun 10, 2021
  • Short-list Bidders Selected
    Oct 12, 2021
  • Request for Proposals
    Dec 03, 2021
  • Winning Bidder Selected
    Jun 01, 2023
  • Construction Begins
  • Construction Ends

Latest News


  • Widening the highway from two to four lanes for 15.6 kilometres, from the Town of Essex (Arner Townline/Essex Road 23) to the Town of Leamington (Union Avenue/Essex Road 34). 
  • Drainage improvements including the extension of six mainline structural culverts, replacement/extension of existing centerline culverts along with the installation of additional culverts for the modifications to the local road network.
  • Realignment and intersection modifications at several local roads along Highway 3.
  • Reconstruction/resurfacing of existing lanes on Highway 3. 

Project Benefits:

  • Enhances safety and traffic movement on Highway 3.
  • Supports the long-term transportation needs throughout the corridor.
  • Improves the movement of goods and people, making life easier for families and businesses throughout the region.

Demonstrating Value

  • The project is being delivered using a Design-Build-Finance (DBF) model. Key benefits of a DBF model include significant risk transfer to the private sector over the life of the project agreement, greater cost and schedule certainty and greater potential for design and construction efficiencies and innovation.
  • Based on precedent project experience, a DBF procurement model typically has delivered a value for money savings in the range of 10% to 15% compared to undertaking the same projects using traditional delivery models.

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