OTTAWA, Sept. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister
of the Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec, today
announced that the Government of Canada has issued a request for
proposals for preparatory studies and writing of technical requirements
for the new bridge for the St. Lawrence.
"Building a new bridge for the St. Lawrence continues to be a priority,
and the preliminary construction work is on schedule," said Minister
Lebel. "The results of this request for proposals will play a
determining role in the effectiveness and operations of the future
The preparatory studies will help identify options for the operation of
intelligent transportation systems, electrical and lighting systems,
and electronic tolling systems. The intelligent transportation systems
will incorporate various information and communication technologies
that will give road users an efficient, safe and sustainable
transportation network. They will also help users travel quickly and
safely by informing them of any delay or other situation that may
impact their travel. These systems will additionally enable a
continuous flow of goods.
The preparatory studies will include the following:
assessment of relevant intelligent transportation system options, in
particular traffic management systems, user information systems, safety
systems and monitoring of trucking;
assessment of technological compatibility and information sharing with
systems used by other organizations, for electronic systems and
recommended design criteria for these systems;
description of needs for electrical and lighting systems.
The request for proposals also includes:
preparation of preliminary design drawings for intelligent
transportation systems, tolling systems, and electrical and lighting
writing of technical specifications and performance criteria for
intelligent transportation systems, tolling systems, and electrical and
lighting systems, to be incorporated in bid or proposal documentation
for the next phases of the project;
preparation of cost estimates for installation, maintenance and
long-term operation of intelligent transportation systems, tolling
systems, and electrical and lighting systems.
Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is handling the
procurement process on behalf of Transport Canada. PWGSC will apply its
integrity measures and manage the procurement process so that it
ensures competition and fairness and results in the best value for
Canadian taxpayers. An independent fairness monitor has been mandated
to ensure the equity of this call for tenders. The request for
proposals is available free of charge at buyandsell.gc.ca. The contract award should be announced in November 2013.
On October 5, 2011, the Government of Canada announced that it would be
building new infrastructure to replace the Champlain Bridge. This
bridge is one of the busiest in Canada, with $20 billion worth of
international trade crossing it every year. It is a crucial corridor
for the regional economy and for Canada as a whole. The project also
meets the objectives of Canada's gateway strategies.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
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