Fraser Crossing Partners, a 50/50 joint venture between Aecon and Acciona, has been selected as the preferred proponent by the Province of British Columbia to construct the new Pattullo Bridge replacement over the Fraser River in the Greater Vancouver area.

As part of the contract, the Fraser Crossing Partners consortium will design, construct and partially finance during the project’s construction.

With the consortium now being selected as the preferred proponent, it will now enter into discussions with the Province of BC to finalise the design and construction of the bridge.

Once the discussions are finalised, pre-construction work is expected to begin in the coming months.

The project includes building a new bridge along with a road and pedestrian connections around the bridgeheads to make sure that there is a free flow of traffic between New Westminster and Surrey.

The new bridge will include four lanes for cars and commercial vehicles, separated by a central reservation.

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Once open, the new bridge is expected to improve vehicular, cycle and pedestrian traffic. The existing bridge will be removed as part of the project.

Being built at an estimated cost of C$1.37bn ($1.05bn), the bridge is expected to be completed in 2023. The project will be delivered under the British Columbia’s Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) and is being implemented by BC Infrastructure Benefits.

Aecon Group president and CEO Jean-Louis Servranckx said: “Aecon looks forward to playing an important role in connecting the communities of New Westminster, Surrey and the surrounding area.

“This selection illustrates Aecon’s recognized reputation as a partner-of-choice for large-scale, critical infrastructure projects and further expands our solid, diverse presence in Western Canada.”

In June 2019, a joint venture of Implenia and Acciona was selected by the Norwegian rail authority Bane NOR for the Sandbukta – Moss – Såstad (SMS 2A) project. The contract was worth €650m ($721.7m).

Under the project, 10.3km of twin-track line, some which running above the ground, will be built. The JV also needs to build two tunnels Moss Tunnel and Carlberg Tunnel, each longer than 2km, two shorter cut-and-cover sections, a tunnel portal and new train station with 800m-long platforms and a pedestrian bridge.


Image: Rendering of the new Pattullo Bridge on Fraser River. (Credit: Aecon Group Inc.)