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         Sunday, March 26, 2017

Questions about the Regina Bypass Project

1. Why is the Province building the Bypass?
The Regina Bypass is needed to improve public safety and to support continued economic growth.

2. What does the Bypass project include?
  
The Bypass begins on Highway 11 northwest of Regina and runs south to Highway 1.  

It will then wrap around south of the city about  5km south of Highway 1 and be routed 400 metres east of Tower Road to connect back with Highway 1 on the east side of Regina.  

The project will also include three overpasses at the Pilot Butte Access Road, Highway 48 at White City and Highway 46 at Balgonie to address critical safety concerns.

In a snapshot, the project consists of approximately:

  • 40 km of four-lane highway
  • Twinning of about 5 km of Highway 6
  • 12 overpasses
  • Numerous service roads

3. How was the route selected?

The Bypass project and its various components have been the subject of many planning studies dating back to the 1990s.

These plans have been subject to exhaustive reviews by experts in civil engineering and transportation planning both internal and external to the Ministry. The analysis consistently shows that the selected route is the optimal location for the Bypass now and into future.

We have undertaken significant stakeholder and public consultation, and there is consensus amongst industry and municipalities that this route makes the most sense.

 

See route here: Approved Route Map


4. Why did the cost of the project increase from $1.2 billion?

The previous estimates were based on the construction-related costs and did not include two interchanges that have been added to the project scope to meet the City of Regina’s needs. There are also some complex utility moves that are required.  In addition, the $1.88 Biliion total cost of the project includes financing, operations and maintenance for 30 years and full repaving of the Bypass and rehabilitation of all of the overpasses at the end of the contract.


5. When will construction begin?

Site preparation is already underway and major construction will begin later this summer.  


6. What type of economic impact will the bypass project have?
This project will have significant economic benefits for the province by creating 8,200 construction-related jobs in Saskatchewan and 11,300 jobs overall.

7. Can the costs increase for taxpayers?
P3s protect the public interest and insulate taxpayers from potential cost overruns.

The first phase of construction, which includes most of the infrastructure between Highway 33 and Balgonie except for the overpass at the Pilot Butte Access, will be complete in fall 2017, and the second phase, which includes everything else, will be complete in fall 2019.

 

8. Will traffic patterns change once the Bypass during construction?
During construction motorists are asked to be alert to work taking place beside the road and drive with caution through work zones. 

Regina Bypass Partners will develop a Traffic Control Plans for each stage of construction that will be approved by the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. 


9. Who will own and the bypass?
The Province will fully own the Bypass.

10. Who will operate the Bypass?
Regina Bypass Partners will operate the Bypass according to the terms of the Project Agreement, which will ensure the Bypass is being managed to a high standard as set by the Province.

With respect to roadways, maintenance and operations are highly integrated. Having Regina Bypass Partners manage the maintenance and operations of the Bypass will ensure the greatest savings for taxpayers.

11. Who was selected and how were they chosen?
Regina Bypass Partners was selected after successfully completing a two-staged process. They submitted the lowest technically compliant bid that includes innovations in design that helped contribute to value for money for taxpayers.


12. What companies are on that team? And who does what?
Design: Buckland & Taylor, McElhanney, Urban Systems, exp, Clifton Assoc, and Delcan

Builders: Vinci, Carmacks, Graham, and Parsons

Finance: National Bank

Operations and Maintenance and Rehabilitation: Vinci and Carmacks

For information, please contact:
Phone: 306.787.4867 or contact us via: Email

“With the assistance of its consultants, Highways set evaluation criteria and made them public. It used them to evaluate and score the various alternate routes and interchange designs.”

- Provincial Auditor



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