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August 24, 2018

Kingston awards contract for new bridge design and build


A team led by one of North America’s largest transportation contractors has won the contract to design and build the new bridge across the Cataraqui River.

A consortium led by Peter Kiewit Son’s Company, based in Omaha, Neb., was selected from among seven groups that submitted bids for the $180-million bridge.

“In the world of bridge construction, these are the big boys,” Mayor Bryan Paterson said ahead of Wednesday’s announcement. “Kiewit is an internationally known contractor; they have lots of experience building bridges. They have built a number of bridges that are much bigger than the third crossing.”

Kiewit’s bid includes contributions from the consulting firm Hatch Engineering, based in Mississauga, and transportation technology company Systra International Bridge Technologies, based in Paris, France.

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“It’s exciting we have a team of this calibre that is going to be working on this project, and the jobs and the economic impact that is going to come from the construction over the next few years is going to be really exciting for the community,” Paterson said.

A Fortune 500 company, Kiewit was started more than 130 years ago by brothers Peter and Andrew Kiewit as a masonry contracting partnership.

It wasn’t until the post-Second World War infrastructure building boom that the company began growing into one of the world’s largest construction contractors, building roads and bridges, oil, gas and mining infrastructure, power dams, and water and wastewater systems.

Kiewit was heavily involved in the construction of the interstate highway system in the United States, building more kilometres of lanes than any other contractor.

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