Infrastructure project information for contractors and design consultants

Between 2020 and 2025 the port authority is taking a lead role in delivering multiple infrastructure projects throughout the Lower Mainland in collaboration with other local, provincial and federal agencies. These projects have a cumulative value of nearly $1 billion. The projects are a subset of the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum’s Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030 Strategy.

Contractor engagement round 2 now closed

Contractors were invited to provide feedback in the contractor engagement round 2 by June 26, 2020. An engagement summary will be posted online here.

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The projects range in value from approximately $10 to $150 million and generally involve improvements or construction of roadway overpasses or underpasses of active rail lines and complementary improvements to the adjacent rail infrastructure (led by the relevant railway).

As we prepare to deliver these projects, we will be engaging with contractors and design consultants through questionnaires, conversations, and events. It is important to us that the opportunities for contractors and consultants to deliver these infrastructure projects is provided in a way that is fair, open, transparent, and accessible to qualified vendors. We procure all goods and services in accordance with our procurement policy, which is approved by our board of directors.

The Port of Vancouver plays a vital economic role in Canada by connecting consumers and businesses with the global marketplace. At the port authority, as we respond to the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19, the safety and health of our employees, customers, operators and stakeholders is our top priority. The Port of Vancouver remains open for business, and we will continue to ensure the supply of important goods through the port to enable Canadian businesses and Canadian livelihoods, right across the country. We will also continue our work to deliver on critical trade-enabling projects such as these.

The information provided on this web page and other linked documents are intended to provide service providers with background related to current and future bidding opportunities in support of the port authority’s business objectives.

The port authority is also leading the delivery of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project and the Centerm Expansion Project.

Funding for projects

Current road and rail infrastructure projects are moving forward with secured funding from the port authority, railways, and the Government of Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund.

Delivery model and bidding procedure

We will select the delivery model for each of our projects based on its unique characteristics. However, we anticipate that larger, more complex infrastructure projects will follow design-build (DB) or progressive design build (PDB) delivery models and smaller scale projects will follow more traditional procurement methods (such as design-bid-build).

For more details on the projects and anticipated delivery models, see the “procurement status” section below.

We build to high environmental and community standards

In addition to having our own green infrastructure guidelines for all projects, the Low Level Road project we worked on in North Vancouver, completed in 2015, received the first Envision Platinum Award for transportation infrastructure in Canada. We will continue to deliver high quality projects with the environment and community in mind for all upcoming projects. This aligns with our vision for the Port of Vancouver to be the world’s most sustainable port.

Indigenous participation in construction

Meaningful inclusion of Indigenous groups is of paramount importance for us and we work closely with them in the planning of projects. This can take various forms, including partnerships, contracting, training, employment, and provision of equipment and materials.

Criteria for evaluating contractor proposals

In reviewing proposals for infrastructure contractors, we will consider a number of factors that may include:

  • Approach, demonstrated experience and past project performance in
    • Safety management
    • Traffic management
    • Quality management
    • Environmental management
    • Sustainable infrastructure delivery
    • The selected procurement delivery model
  • Approach to participation by Indigenous groups
  • Experience working with the relevant municipality and railways
  • Experience working next to active rail and road corridors
  • Experience working in soft soils with high ground water tables

Full criteria for each individual procurement will be outlined in each project’s procurement documents, e.g. RFQs, RFPs, ITTs.

Overview of projects

In procurement planning / procurement phase

Project Anticipated Target dates Last updated
Estimated cost Delivery model RFQ issuance RFP/ITT issuance Construction commencement Construction completion
Mountain Highway Underpass $6–7M Design-Bid-Build Issued Q2 2020 June 2020 (RFP to RFQ shortlist only) Q3 2020 Q1 2021 June 15, 2020
Commissioner Street Road Realignment $20–22M Design-Bid-Build June 26-30, 2020 July 24-30, 2020 (RFP) Oct 2020 Q4 2021 June 23, 2020
Kennedy Overpass (Pitt Meadows) $40–50M Design-Build Q4 2020 Q1 2021 Mid-2021 Mid-2023 May 19, 2020
Portside Road Extension and Bridge $10–$15M Design-Build Q1 2021 Q2 2 2021 Q4 2021 Q3 2023 Aug 10, 2020
Holdom Overpass (Burnaby) $130–160M Design-Build Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Q1 2022 Q2 2024 May 19, 2020
Harris Underpass (Pitt Meadows) $60–80M Design-Build Q1 2021 Q2/Q3 2021 Q1 2022 Mid-2024 May 19, 2020
Portside Overpass and Blundell Road Widening $95–100M Progressive Design-Build Sept 2020 Nov 2020 2022 Q4 2024 Aug 10, 2020

In study phase

Project Estimated cost Target dates Last updated
Procurement Construction
Coquitlam Rail Corridor Improvements $200-$300M 2022–2023 2023–2026 May 19, 2020
Westwood Rail Crossing Improvements $150-$250M 2022–2023 2023–2026 May 19, 2020

Learn more about the procurement approach for the delivery of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project.

In execution phase

South Shore Access Project

From May 19, 2020 to June 26, 2020, we are inviting local contractors to provide feedback on the proposed procurement plans for projects that are planned to start construction mid/late-2021 to mid-2022. Your feedback will help us to prepare our RFQ and RFP documents.

We have prepared a questionnaire about upcoming projects. To support you in answering questions, we have also created fact sheets with preliminary plans, phases and details. Your insight will help us improve and finalize our delivery model and procurement packages, which will ultimately assist the port authority in effective delivery of the projects.

How to share your input:

  • Read and prepare responses to the questionnaire by June 26, 2020.
  • Send your response in the body of an email or in a word processing document, and email it to [email protected]


June 19, 2020 – Contractor questionnaire: Round 2

May 19, 2020 – Contractor questionnaire: Market sounding

May 19, 2020 – Harris Road underpass – Market sounding technical fact sheet
May 2020 – Draft concepts for discussion – Harris Road

May 19, 2020 – Kennedy Road overpass – Market sounding technical fact sheet
May 2020 – Draft concepts for discussion – Kennedy Road 

May 19, 2020 – Holdom Overpass – Market sounding technical fact sheet
May 2002 – Draft concepts for discussion – Holdom Overpass

May 19, 2020 – Portside Road extension and bridge – Market sounding technical fact sheet
May 19, 2020 – Portside Road overpass and Blundell Road widening technical fact sheet
May 2020 – Draft concepts for discussion – Portside/Blundell 

Although the information contained in our market research documents are prepared in good faith, it is not intended to be exhaustive and have not been independently verified. Neither the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority nor any of its advisors bear any responsibility for the accuracy or detail of the information provided, nor do they make any express or implied representation or guarantee, with respect to the information contained therein. The information contained therein should be considered preliminary.

Nothing contained in the market research document can be construed as a promise or statement by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority that the projects will be implemented in any form whatsoever. Neither any information provided by participants in the market research nor the participation in any market research activities will, in any way, be used for evaluation purposes in subsequent procurement processes for the projects. Therefore, participation in the market research is not an undertaking of any kind to grant the participant qualification to participate in any request for qualifications or request for proposals in relation to the projects.