Plenary Roads Winnipeg has been named the preferred bidder to construct the Southwest Rapid Transitway (stage 2) and Pembina Highway Underpass project.
Plenary Roads Winnipeg achieved the highest score for its combined technical and financial submission for the project.
“When completed, the Southwest Transitway will allow Winnipeg Transit to bypass heavy traffic volumes on Pembina Highway, leading to greater on-time reliability, higher travel speeds, and improved service to the surrounding neighbourhoods,” Mayor Brian Bowman said in a statement.
The project includes the completion of the Southwest Transitway, the renewal and expansion of the Pembina Underpass, and connections to the University of Manitoba and Investors Group Field.
The project has a total budget of $587.3 million, with funding being provided by all three levels of government. Construction is expected to start this summer and be completed in late 2019.
A Request for Proposals was also issued today seeking proposals to undertake a functional study to determine the most effective route for a rapid transit line from downtown to eastern Winnipeg.
“As construction begins on the Southwest Transitway, we need to begin examining the next best route, and this initial work will be undertaken along the eastern corridor which was identified in the Transportation Master Plan as the next priority for rapid transit,” Bowman said.