FORT NELSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/09/12 -- The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced that the Government of Canada has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on the Government Electronic Tendering System (MERX) for the upcoming rehabilitation of kilometres 443 to 451 of the Alaska Highway.
"Our Government is focused on what matters to Canadians-jobs and economic growth. Our investment in the Alaska Highway will not only generate long-term economic benefits for the entire region, but continue to provide safe access for the thousands of Canadians who rely on the Alaska Highway," said Minister Ambrose. "Maintaining local public infrastructure is important to all of us as it contributes to a stronger economy and safer communities."
As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada recently announced investments of approximately $250 million, over the next five years, in Public Works and Government Services Canada-owned infrastructure projects across the country, for a total of $320 million in funding for these assets.
"The Alaska Highway is indispensible to thousands of Canadians and Americans daily," said Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River. "Upgrades will also create jobs locally and have a positive impact on the regional economy for years to come."
Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is responsible for maintaining an 835-kilometre section of the Alaska Highway. In 2012-13, PWGSC is undertaking a capital improvement project to ensure that the highway continues to provide safe and reliable service to Canadians. The projected work involves paving and intersection improvements on an 8-kilometre stretch, between kilometres 443 and 451, in the Fort Nelson area.
PWGSC is committed to a fair, open and transparent process for selecting contractors to undertake projects such as these. This process is being conducted through the Government Electronic Tendering System (MERX).
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