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Aecon part of Design Build JV for next leg of Ring Road project

May 22, 2012

Edmonton, AB – May 22, 2012: Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE) is part of a joint venture selected by Capital City Link General Partnership (CCLGP) which has reached the financial close to construct the Northeast Anthony Henday Drive project in Edmonton.

The Capital City Link General Partnership, comprised of subsidiaries of ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., Hochtief PPP Solution GmbH, and Meridiam Infrastructure responded to the procurement process which began in March 2011.  The public private partnership will design, build, operate, and partially finance the project at an overall value of $1.81 billion (2012 dollars) as part of the 34-year contract.  Sections of the ring road were built in the 1970s and the 1990s and the current Anthony Henday Drive project began in 2000 with the construction of the southwest leg.

CCLGP will subcontract the design and construction portion of the Northeast project with an integrated joint venture, in which Aecon has a 22.5 per cent interest.  This work will be completed over the first four years of the contract. Other partners in the joint venture for the design and construction portion include Flatiron Constructors, Dragados, and Lafarge.

The project will connect the northwest and southeast parts of Anthony Henday Drive from Manning Drive to Whitemud Drive East. Work includes the construction of 27 kilometres of six- and eight-lane divided roadway, nine interchanges, two road flyovers, eight rail crossing (flyovers), and two bridges across the North Saskatchewan River, for a total of 46 bridge structures. Construction will commence in June, with completion of the project scheduled for the fall of 2016.


“Aecon is proud to be a part of this stage of a pivotal project for Edmonton,” said Teri McKibbon, Aecon’s Chief Operating Officer.


Aecon has positioned itself to grow in key market sectors, with one half of Aecon revenues now derived from Western Canada.  To support this growth, Aecon opened a head office in Western Canada last year. Aecon has previously worked on key infrastructure projects in Alberta such as the Stoney Trail and Crowchild portions of Calgary’s ring road. Current projects in Western Canada Aecon is working on include PotashCorp’s new process mill near Rocanville, Saskatchewan, Suncor’s Firebag meter station in Fort McMurray, work at Syncrude’s oilsands mine site, as well as the Waneta hydroelectric facility in British Columbia.  

Aecon Group Inc. is a Canadian leader in construction and infrastructure development providing integrated turnkey services to private and public sector clients.  Aecon is pleased to be consistently recognized as one of the Best Employers in Canada.