Planning for a replacement commenced in 2012. However, studies for a potential expanded tunnel or replacement date to the early 1990s.
The planning phase spanned from 2012 through 2016 and included three phases of consultation, technical analysis and community and stakeholder engagement.
Consultation on the Project Definition Report, which ended January 2016, completed the planning phase of Project development.
The environmental assessment process commenced December 2015 with the Order under Section 10(1)(c) of the Environmental Assessment Act. The Ministry received its Environmental Assessment Certificate, which is required before any work can be undertaken on the Project, on February 9, 2017.
Construction is expected to begin in 2017, with the new bridge completed by 2022.
The procurement process is underway. A request for qualifications (RFQ) closed on August 3, 2016. A request for proposals (RFP) was issued on October 4, 2016 to three teams. A proponent is expected to be selected in the summer of 2017.
Stakeholder engagement will also continue throughout construction.