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Big changes at Boucherie

A new interchange at Boucherie Road and Highway 97 is moving ahead.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has issued a Request for Qualifications for a consultant on the project.

The competition closes Feb. 16.

Those applicants would then be narrowed to three who would be asked to provide full submissions in a Request for Proposals.

According to the current bidding process, the successful consultant would be required to provide several engineering services, including:

  • Highway design with Civil 3D
  • Construction staging
  • Structural design
  • Geotechnical design and investigation
  • Environmental Investigation and Assessment in support of design
  • Technical and engineering services to support the design, including: hydraulics, traffic, environmental, survey, noise impact assessment, and other as required.

The interchange project includes the area east of Westlake Road to the Westside Road Underpass.

The design is expected to include upgrading of up to 3.4 km of highway, up to 2.0 km of network access road improvements, the introduction of grade separated facilities at Boucherie Road, and enhanced accommodation for pedestrians across Highway 97.

Additionally, the Highway 97 corridor will be assessed for interim and long term safety and mobility improvements to adjacent Highway 97 intersections to ensure performance of Boucherie Interchange improvements.

The contract is expected to be hired in April, with a functional design complete by December of 2018.

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