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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Regina Bypass Project

Largest Transportation Infrastructure Project in Saskatchewan’s History

Since the 1990s, traffic congestion along Victoria Avenue and Highway 1 East in the City of Regina—the provincial capital of Saskatchewan, Canada—has been a major safety concern. And because the at-grade intersections could not be adapted to the growing commuter traffic between Balgonie and Regina, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure began planning the Regina bypass project to ensure safe travel. Six major studies and 38 supplemental studies were undertaken to select the route. The general project location was approved in 2004, and the procurement process began in 2013. In June 2015, Parsons, as part of a consortium including three other firms (VINCI Concessions, Connor Clark & Lunn GVest Fund, and Gracorp Capital), was designated by the Government of Saskatchewan as the preferred proponent for a public-private partnership (P3) contract for the bypass highway of Regina.

Parsons is part of the design-build joint venture for the project, the largest transportation project in Saskatchewan’s history and the first transportation infrastructure project to be completed under a P3 model in the province. Parsons Enterprises—Parsons’ entity focused on developing, delivering, financing, and managing essential infrastructure assets under P3s—is an equity participant in Regina Bypass Partners.

Two months after project approval, the consortium—known as SGTP Highway Bypass Limited Partnership, or Regina Bypass Partners—signed the project agreement with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. Over a term of 30 years, the consortium will operate and maintain the bypass following its construction. The P3 model is saving $380 million compared to building the bypass through conventional methods. The P3 model will also save time because it will be built at least 6 years faster than a traditional build. In addition, the P3 model will protect taxpayers from construction cost overruns and inflation.

Constructing the Regina Bypass

Construction on the new Regina bypass began in summer 2015. The project, which involves the design, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the 61 km (38 mi) bypass (2x2 lanes), will create about 8,200 jobs in Saskatchewan and will consist of 17 million m³ (22 million CY) of dirt, 26,000 m³ (34,000 CY) of concrete, and 1,400+ km (870+ mi) of rebar. The construction work, which is projected to take about 4 years, will be carried out by a joint venture consisting of Parsons Canada Ltd., Carmacks—a wholly owned subsidiary of Eurovia, VINCI Construction Terrassement, and Graham.

The Regina bypass will include:

  • 61 km (38 mi) of new four-lane highway
  • 20 km (12 mi) of brownfield four-lane highway to be resurfaced
  • 12 new overpasses
  • 55 km (34 mi) of new service roads
  • 3 new free-flow systems interchanges
  • 2 bridges crossing Wascana Creek

The entire bypass will be operated and maintained by a subsidiary of VINCI. Operations and maintenance of the Regina bypass will include repaving Highway 1 east of Regina to Balgonie, surface repair, pavement marking, sign repair and replacement, bridge/culvert repair, ditch mowing, snow clearing, weed control, garbage pickup, drainage control, corridor lighting and power costs, and acquisition of maintenance equipment, facilities, and staff.

Parsons staff surveying and delineating environmentally sensitive area boundaries

Capital Asset Delivery

Once completed in 2019, the Regina bypass will reduce traffic congestion and improve motorists’ safety in and around Regina, enhancing a key component of Canada’s National Highway System. It will also increase efficiency for truckers and shippers moving goods, a critical consideration for Saskatchewan because it is a land-locked province with an export-based economy. Regina Bypass Partners will operate and maintain the bypass for 30 years following completion, in partnership with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure.

Parsons is honored to be a member of the team responsible for designing and constructing the Regina bypass. We have a long history of contributions to the development and improvement of Canada’s transportation infrastructure. And globally, in addition to our strong design and construction credentials, we serve as a developer, equity investor, and financier for a broad spectrum of infrastructure projects.