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PEI releases second round of road, bridge tenders

Posted on March 10, 2017
The government of PEI has released its second round of road and bridge tenders for the 2017 construction season. The second round of tenders includes 12 projects (see below for full list), including the construction of a new roundabout as part of Phase 2A of the Trans-Canada Highway Extension project. The government also made a secondary announcement as part of the same project, awarding the Environmental Impact Assessment contract for Phase 2B to Stantec. The company will assess the environmental impact of the proposed Phase 2B of the project – the [...]

Government moving forward with new hospital for Corner Brook

Posted on February 22, 2017
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced its commitment to construct a new acute care regional hospital in Corner Brook. The new regional hospital will include the same services as available at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, as well as an expanded cancer care program, which will include radiation services. A Request for Proposals for a Procurement Advisor, issued February 17, is the first step in the implementation of the acute care hospital project. The hospital will be designed, built, financed and maintained by the private sector [...]

N.B. announces $90 million for Saint John Regional Hospital

Posted on February 7, 2017
Premier Brian Gallant announced an estimated $90 million will be invested in the Saint John Regional Hospital in Saint John. The investments will cover the redesign and redevelopment of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), surgical, and oncology units. This year, $2.5 million will be invested to begin the work on the functional programming, conceptual design, and construction documentation planning for the renovations and upgrades to the surgical unit, oncology, and ICU. The Horizon Health Network Board will partner with the provincial government for funding [...]

Tidal turbine case opens in N.S. Supreme Court

Posted on February 2, 2017
Nova Scotia Supreme Court is hearing arguments regarding the installation of a five-story tidal turbine in Minas Passage, an inlet of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. According to a CBC News article, the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association is challenging the project’s approval based on a lack of relevant data on the environmental impact of the turbine’s installation. The association believes that the installation of the turbine will have a detrimental effect on the commercial fishing industry in the region The Nova Scotia Department of [...]

Newfoundland & Labrador releases five-year roads plan

Posted on January 31, 2017
Minister of Transportation and Works Al Hawkins released the provincial government’s Five-Year Provincial Roads Plan, along with the full list of road tenders for 2017-18. The plan uses an evidence-based approach to build, renew and maintain transportation infrastructure and takes full advantage of Newfoundland and Labrador’s short construction season while allowing for more competitive bidding. This year, $77.2 million has been allocated for the Provincial Roads Program. Tenders for the 2017-18 construction season will be issued in three blocks beginning [...]

Nova Scotia considers P3 for QEII redevelopment project

Posted on January 27, 2017
The Government of Nova Scotia is considering its options for the design, construction, finance, and infrastructure maintenance of the QEII redevelopment project, including province-led and private sector-led approaches. A request for supplier qualifications for public-private partnership (P3) advisory services was issued on January 25. "We have said all along we will consider all delivery options to see what's best financially and operationally," said transportation and infrastructure renewal minister Geoff MacLellan. "We are committed to moving [...]

Nova Scotia considers highway tolls

Posted on January 24, 2017
The Government of Nova Scotia will discuss tolling opportunities when it holds highway twinning consultations across the province. The province commissioned a highway twinning feasibility study in an effort to improve highway safety across Nova Scotia. The eight sections studied would cost around $2 billion to twin according to the report. Collection of road tolls is being discussed as one of the potential measures that could provide revenue to help cover the cost of the twinning project, allowing the province to twin the 300-kilomtres of provincial [...]

$272 million pledged for Route 11 upgrade

Posted on January 16, 2017
The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick announced more than $272 million in federal-provincial funding for key upgrades to three sections of Route 11 between Shediac and Miramichi. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $125 million to this project while the Government of New Brunswick is providing $147 million. The project involves twinning approximately 20 kilometres of the highway from south of the Shediac River to south of the Little Bouctouche River, and constructing an 11-kilometre, two-lane, controlled-access bypass between Glenwood [...]

$76 million courthouse, restoration project coming to Fredericton

Posted on January 12, 2017
The Centennial Building in Fredericton will undergo a major restoration and a new courthouse will be built on the same parcel of land to maximize the use of provincial government building space. “Investing strategically in infrastructure helps create jobs in the short term,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “Renovating the Centennial Building and moving the courthouse will also help us avoid costs and save money. Repurposing this building will help reduce expenses related to office space, allowing the province to use existing assets more efficiently [...]

Emera initiatives energy solicitation for Atlantic Link Transmission project

Posted on January 11, 2017
A solicitation process has been initiated for energy to be bundled with transmission capacity on Emera Inc.’s proposed Atlantic Link submarine electricity transmission project for the delivery of clean energy into the ISO-New England market. Atlantic Link is a proposed approximately 350-mile submarine high-voltage direct current (HVdc) electric transmission line that will deliver 900 megawatts of clean energy from a new DC converter station to be constructed at Coleson Cove, New Brunswick, to a new converter station to be constructed at one of two proposed [...]
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