Hatch is member of consortium that closes deal on $639.8 million Highway 401 Expansion
Toronto, Canada—The West Corridor Constructors consortium, of which Hatch is a design partner, has reached financial close on the Highway 401 Expansion project in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The $639.8 million contract will be delivered through a design-build-finance model for the Ministry of Transportation Ontario and Infrastructure Ontario.
Highway 401, or the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway as it is officially known, stretches 828 km from Windsor, Ontario to the Québec border. It is not only the busiest highway in North America, but also one of the busiest freeways in the world.
The Highway 401 Expansion aims to reduce traffic congestion, and improve the quality of life for commuters by reducing daily travel time. The project will see the reconstruction and widening of approximately 18km of highway in the western part of the GTA, from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton. It includes the widening of the existing six-lane configuration to create two 10-lane segments, two 12-lane core collector systems, and median High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes.
“We are proud to be part of a project that will positively impact the daily lives of so many people,” said Michael Schatz, Global Managing Director, Infrastructure. “The expansion program will have both community and environmental benefits, in addition to significant economic benefits for the province, which aligns with Hatch’s vision of creating positive change in our communities.”
In addition to the reconstruction of the highway, the project will also involve minor and major modifications to existing infrastructure to accommodate the proposed widening, including bridge reconstruction and replacement, structural culvert replacements, drainage and utilities work, as well as ecological restoration. As a member of the design team, Hatch will provide consulting services on the highways, structures, and drainage engineering.
“Our highways and bridges team will be responsible for the management and detailed design of the 8km-long West Segment, from Oakville Creek to Regional Road 25 in Milton,” explained Svetozar Majstorovic, project manager. “This scope includes two interchanges, four signalized intersections, five bridges, three structural culverts, and two stormwater management ponds.”
Construction on the project is expected to begin in Q4 2019, with substantial completion anticipated in Q4 2022.
The West Corridor Constructors team consists of Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc., Amico Design Build Inc., Parsons Inc., and National Bank Financial Inc.