Sea-to-Sky Highway Upgrade

Sea-to-Sky Highway

The Sea-to-Sky Highway is the main access between the Vancouver area and the ski resort of Whistler. The 104 km, $600 million project involved upgrading the corridor to improve safety, provide additional capacity, and safeguard the aesthetics of the driving experience. The highway traverses extremely steep and hazardous slopes in addition to its immediate proximity to a mainline railway. The viability of construction and the cost of the work was always a concern to the project team.

Scope of Services:

  • Provided technical management services to the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the development of the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project,
  • Undertook an international review of context sensitive solutions on constrained, multi-lane highways in scenic, mountainous terrain for the development of this public-private partnership project,
  • Assisted the BC MoT and their financial advisors, KPMG, on the project scope, preferred formation of project delivery alternatives, risk assessment, and procurement,
  • Provided leadership in the documentation of design-build requirements for the precipitous mountain section between West Vancouver and Lions Bay,
  • Wrote design guidelines for the upgrading of the highway corridor and undertook independent due-diligence reviews of the safety and constructability of the project,
  • Provided technical management during planning and operational studies,
  • Provided technical advice during project development and procurement.

Client:

BC MoT / KPMG

Location:

Southwest BC

Capital Cost:

$600 million

Delivery Model:

P3 (design-build-finance-operate-maintain)

Dates of Assignment:

2002-2006