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PCL selected to build new Johnson Street Bridge

The Johnson Street Bridge evaluation team has selected PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. as the firm to build the new link between downtown and Vic West.

“The collaborative procurement process was designed to deliver a proposal for a bridge that meets design and functionality requirements that the community approved through the referendum,” said Mayor Dean Fortin, in a prepared statement.

“We’re very pleased with PCL’s proposal and that we’re now in a position to negotiate the fixed-price contract for the bridge within the approved budget.”

In the next few months, PCL and the city will negotiate the final details of the contract. Construction is expected to begin in spring, 2013 and finish by March 31, 2016.

PCL, the largest contracting organization in Canada, built the Alex Fraser Bridge on the Lower Mainland.

PCL's proposal beat out other proposals by Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co. (Kiewit) and WCC Construction Canada, ULC (Walsh).

A fairness monitor, hired to oversee the selection process, deemed it to be fair and untainted by bias.

rholmen@vicnews.com

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