City to receive gold infrastructure award for Bridging to Tomorrow project
The City will accept one of two gold Infrastructure awards at this year’s National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships. The award, in recognition of the Bridging to Tomorrow project, will be presented by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) at the organization’s annual conference in Toronto on November 5, 2018.
“We are incredibly honoured to be receiving this award,” says Acting General Manager or Corporate Performance, Dan Willems. “Our entire team, including City employees, our Technical Advisory Team, and Graham Commuter Partners worked together to ensure that this project took into consideration the highest levels of safety, environmental preservation, and value to Saskatoon and area citizens.”
The project, which involved the construction of Chief Mistawasis Bridge and Traffic Bridge, was selected for breaking new ground in how P3 projects are built, financed or delivered, as well as the impact they have on boosting the economy, saving costs and creating more vibrant, inclusive communities.
Willems says not only did the Bridging to Tomorrow project deliver two new bridges and connecting roadways to improve traffic flow in some of the busiest areas of Saskatoon, but it also took into account the City’s cherished history and Indigenous roots.
“The Chief Mistawasis Bridge naming process signified an important step toward Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and the important role they played and continue to play in our community’s development,” Willems says. “Additionally, the design of the Traffic Bridge was kept true to the original steel-truss structure, honouring the City’s history while providing a safe commuting route to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.”
The City is grateful for its funding partnership with the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan to allow for the delivery of the Bridging to Tomorrow project which will benefit Saskatoon and area citizens for generations to come.
The Bridging to Tomorrow project is the largest infrastructure project ever delivered in the City and the first bundled transportation P3 in Canada. The new bridges and roadways opened to the public on October 2, 2018.