The province is expecting to have a team in place by next spring to design and build the new eight-lane tunnel that will replace the current George Massey Tunnel.
Three teams, the Cross Fraser Partnership, Daewoo-GS JV and Fraser River Tunnel Constructors have been asked to submit bids for the project, following a request for qualifications in the next phase of procurement.
The eight-lane immersed tube tunnel will cost about $4.1 billion to build.
A 10-lane bridge was originally planned for the crossing, but this was cancelled in 2017 by the incoming BC NDP government.
Cross Fraser Partnership is comprised of Bouygues Construction Canada Inc., Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas Canada Ltd., Pomerleau BC Inc., Arcadis Canada Inc. and Boskalis Canada Dredging and Marine Services Ltd.
Daewoo-GS JV is comprised of Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co., GS Engineering and Construction Corp., Hatch Ltd. and Ramboll A/S.
The Fraser River Tunnel Constructors team includes Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc., Aecon Constructions, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc., Flatiron Constructors Canada Limited, Strukton Immersion Projects B.V., AECOM Canada Ltd. and Tunnel Engineering Consultants VOF.
The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) gave its approval in September for the project to move to the process planning phase of the environmental assessment after receiving the ministry’s detailed project description.
The EAO will determine how the tunnel project will be carried out in collaboration with First Nations, technical experts and the public.
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