VINCI team completes $1.45bn Regina bypass project in Canada

WCN Editorial Team 29 Oct 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Government of Saskatchewan has opened the C$1.9bn ($1.45bn) bypass project around Regina in the Saskatchewan Province in Canada after four years of construction.

Said to be the largest transportation infrastructure project in the province’s history, the Regina Bypass features 61km of road, of which 37km is newly built and 24km is upgraded.

The bypass, which also comprises 12 new interchanges and 33 new bridges and viaducts, is aimed at improving road safety as well as promoting the region’s economic development, French construction company VINCI said.

The Saskatchewan’s first public-private partnership for transport infrastructure, the Regina Bypass will be operated and maintained by VINCI Concessions and Carmacks for a 30-year period.

Carmacks is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eurovia (18.75%), VINCI Construction Terrassement (18.75%), Graham (37.5%) and Parsons Canada (25%).

VINCI chairman and chief executive officer Xavier Huillard said: “The Regina Bypass is an excellent example of close, productive collaboration between public authorities and private players to deliver a major project for the benefit of all.

“VINCI is proud of the positive relations it has built with the Province of Saskatchewan and its Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure.

“The opening of the bypass to traffic is a new step in our partnership. Together, we will continue to make transport safer and support the province’s economic growth.”

The bypass will provide more reliable access to three major roads in Saskatchewan, the Trans-Canada Highway and Highways 6 and 11.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said: “The opening of the Regina Bypass is an important milestone for our province and will greatly improve the transportation of goods in and out of our province’s capital city.

“More importantly, the Regina Bypass will greatly improve the safety of our roads and highways for our families and industries.”

VINCI said that the Regina Bypass project brings together the province’s Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure with concession company Regina Bypass Partners, which is owned by VINCI Concessions (37.5%), Parsons Enterprises (25%), Graham Construction (12.5%) and investment fund Connor Clark & Lunn (25%).

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Image: The Regina Bypass project improves road safety and promotes the region’s economic development. Photo: courtesy of VINCI.

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