Pattullo Bridge replacement will mean safer, easier, toll-free commutes

(Original source here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PREM0004-000247)

The contract for the Pattullo Bridge replacement has been awarded, creating good jobs and training opportunities for workers who will help build the toll-free crossing to better connect communities in the Lower Mainland.

“People in the Lower Mainland depend on the Pattullo Bridge every day, and they deserve safe, easy, toll-free commutes,” said Premier John Horgan. “The current bridge has needed to be replaced for years, and I’m proud our government is getting it done in a way that benefits the local community with good jobs and training opportunities. This is all part of our work to keep people and goods moving as we build a strong, sustainable B.C.”

The nearly $1.4-billion Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project is being delivered under the Province’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), which prioritizes hiring local workers, including Indigenous peoples, women, people with disabilities and other under-represented groups who are qualified to do the work, in a safe, welcoming work environment. This project will help diversify and grow B.C.’s skilled workforce by providing opportunities for Red Seal apprentices to work on site and gain the experience they need to launch good careers in the trades.

“The Pattullo Bridge is a critical crossing for residents and commercial truck drivers,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “With today’s milestone announcement, we’re one step closer to a safer, more efficient crossing that will benefit thousands of people every day. What’s also great about this project is that it will – using the Community Benefits Agreement – provide jobs for local people, increase work experience opportunities for apprentices and help mobilize a strong construction workforce for British Columbia.”

The four-lane bridge will have wider lanes and better connections into Surrey and New Westminster, improving ease of travel on this corridor for locals and commercial vehicles. The design includes dedicated pedestrian and cyclist lanes, separated from traffic, that will improve safety for all road users and encourage active transportation options. The bridge will be built to allow for potential future expansion to six lanes. Construction will begin in the coming months. The new bridge is scheduled to open in fall 2023.

“Women in the trades have been under-represented for decades, and so I am excited that Indigenous peoples, women and other equity-seeking groups will be seen as assets to this project,” said Danielle Shaw, a recently journeyed welder from Ironworkers Local 97. “Priority apprentice hiring on a job like the Pattullo Bridge Replacement project ensures that under-represented groups have more access to these living-wage careers. I cannot wait to work on more diverse and inclusive projects like this.”

Fraser Crossing Partners has been selected to build the new bridge that will replace the existing Pattullo Bridge. The contract value with Fraser Crossing Partners is $967.5 million. 

The total project budget of almost $1.4 billion remains the same to cover costs outside of the contract with Fraser Crossing Partners, including project management, financing, risk management, property acquisition and other project-related costs. The Fraser Crossing Partners team includes:

  • Acciona Construccion S.A.;
  • Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc.;
  • Aecon Group Inc.;
  • Aecon Constructors, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.;
  • Leonhardt, Andra und Partner Beratende Ingenieure VBI AG;
  • Hatch Corporation; and
  • EXP Services Inc.

BC Infrastructure Benefits is responsible for implementing the CBA for the project and will be the employer for workers on the project.

The project will be funded and owned by the Province of British Columbia. It will be delivered on behalf of the Province by the Transportation Investment Corporation.

Learn More:

Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/pattullobridge/

Job opportunities for the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project: https://www.bcib.ca/

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