Bridge bidder pulls out

The B.C. government has revised the list of pre-qualified bidding teams that have been invited to participate in the request-for-proposals to design, build and finance the Pattullo Bridge Replacement project.

The shortlists were revised after controversial firm SNC-Lavalin withdrew from the procurement process due to a “shift in its global corporate strategy to not participate in any fixed-price projects,” said a government news release. SNC-Lavalin has been mired in a long controversy connected to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was found recently to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act for improperly pressuring the attorney general.

The $1.377-billion Pattullo Bridge replacement project will be a four-lane crossing. The new bridge will feature dedicated pedestrian and cyclist lanes separated from traffic by a barrier on both sides of the bridge. It is expected to open in 2023.

The province expects to select the preferred proponent for the Pattullo project this fall.

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