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Regina Bypass Project

The Regina Bypass is the largest infrastructure project in the province’s history. The $1.2 billion project will include:

  • 12 new overpasses;
  • 40 kms of new four-lane highway;
  • 5 kms of new twinning on Highway 6;
  • 55 kms of new service roads.
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1. How was the route selected?

Regina Bypass Map 

The need for a bypass was identified in the 90s. Since then 6 major studies and 38 supplemental studies have been undertaken. These studies concluded the selected route is the optimal now and into the future.

Public and stakeholder consultation was a priority throughout the studying process.

The route selected was finalized after receiving approval from the City of Regina, Balgonie, White City, Pilot Butte, Emerald Park, Edenwold and the RMs of Sherwood and Edenwold.

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2. When does the project start?

  • Work on the project has already started.
  • Overpasses at White City and Balgonie will open by 2017.
  • The entire project will be completed by 2019.
  • The Bypass will be completed six years sooner than if we attempted this without a P3. Unlike other projects, the builders face significant financial penalties if they run late and taxpayers are protected from cost overruns.

 Regina Bypass Timeline

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3. Why is the Bypass being built?

  • Traffic safety and congestions have been a serious problem along Victoria Avenue and Highway 1 east for years.
  • In fact, bypass routes have been studied since the 1990s. 
  • Traffic congestion along Victoria Avenue and Highway east is a major safety concern.
  • The bypass will drastically improve traffic safety and efficiency.

The Regina Bypass 

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4. What does the Bypass project include?

The project includes three overpasses at the Pilot Butte Access Road, Highway 48 at White City and Highway 46 at Balgonie to address critical safety concerns.

In total, the project consists of approximately:

  • 60 kms of four-lane highway
  • 12 overpasses
  • Numerous service roads, culverts and bridges
Regina Breakdown Bypass Breakdown
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5. Project Team

  • Regina Bypass Design Builders awarded the contract to a team comprised of:
    • Graham Construction
    • GraCorp Capital
    • Parsons
    • Carmacks
    • VINCI
    • McElhanney
    • Urban System
    • Buckland and Taylor
    • Exp
    • Clifton Assoc.
    • Delcan
    • National Bank
  • 8,200 jobs will be created in Saskatchewan.
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6. Public-Private Partnership (P3)

  • The Regina Bypass will be built as (Public-Private Partnership (P3).
  • With a P3, the team that builds the Bypass must maintain it in “like new” condition for 30 years.  This encourages the use of high-quality materials and long-term thinking in design to reduce costs into the future.
  • Unlike many government projects throughout history, P3s finish on-time and on-budget.
  • A P3 model will have the project completed at least 6 years faster than a traditional build.

Operations and maintenance

In addition to construction cost the builder is also responsible for operation, maintenance, transfer of risk.
Operations and maintenance includes but is not limited to:  

  • Repaving Highway 1 east of Regina to Balgonie;
  • Surface repair;
  • Pavement marking;
  • Repairing and replacing signs;
  • Bridge/culvert repair;
  • Ditch mowing, snow clearing, weed control, garbage pickup;
  • Drainage control;
  • Corridor lighting and power costs;
  • Acquisition of maintenance equipment, facility and staff.
  • The government will receive all infrastructure in “like-new” condition at the conclusion of the contract.

Transfer of Risk: Taxpayers are protects from any project cost overruns. These costs will be incurred by the builder.

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7. Project Cost

Professional cost estimators calculated the cost of building and maintaining the Bypass was $2.2 billion.  The $1.88 billion Graham-team P3 bid was less expensive so it was accepted.

Ernst & Young verified the P3 will save Saskatchewan people $380 million.

This Bypass is expected to create over 8,200 jobs.

The lead builder on the Bypass is Graham construction, founded in Moose Jaw in 1926.  It is being designed by four companies out of Regina and Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan business groups have endorsed P3s as a way to improve infrastructure and create jobs.  This includes:

Why did the project costs change?

The Government’s total investment of $1.88 billion includes the full cost of the Bypass over the next 30 years and construction.

The previous estimates were based only on the construction-related costs. The cost of construction alone is in line with the $1.2 billion estimate.

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