BC removes private finance from major tunnel project

Credit: Infrastructure BC

The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has ditched previous plans to use a design, build, finance (DBF) procurement model for its Massey Tunnel replacement project.

According to the request for qualifications (RFQ) document released this week, the authority has opted for a progressive design-build model, without using private finance as previously planned.

Under the plans, a contractor will deliver a new 800m, eight-lane tunnel under the Fraser River, as well as other elements including approach lanes and a bridge, for an estimated C$4bn.

According to the Spring Infrastructure BC Projects Brochure, released in April, the project was set to be delivered through a DBF agreement, but the RFQ is looking for contractors to enter a progressive design-build instead.

“This is a major milestone in the project to replace the George Massey Tunnel,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We are making significant progress on this important project that will improve travel times and transit options for people who live on both sides of the Fraser River.”

Responses to the RFQ are due September 14, 2023. The tender can be found by clicking here.