Providing Lasting Safety Improvements

Opus leveraged its OMR expertise throughout a flagship P3 project.

British Columbia's Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure undertook improvements to the Sea-to-Sky highway from Horseshoe Bay to Whistler and retained Opus to provide operational, maintenance and rehabilitation advisory services throughout the Public Private Partnership (P3). Set in a spectacular mountain landscape, the highway presented many complex engineering and construction challenges. The project was required to be completed prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics and the extensive highway improvements made travel along the corridor safer for residents, commuters, and tourists. Improvements included highway widening and straightening, improved sight lines, passing lanes and other design innovations and measures to reduce hazards, shorten travel times and increase capacity of the Sea-to-Sky Highway. The project was procured using a Design Build Finance Operate (DBFO) model with $600 million worth of capital improvements in addition to operations over a 25 year concession period. Opus have been the lead operational, maintenance and rehabilitation technical advisors throughout the procurement, construction and implementation phases. Specific services have included:

  • Procurement and technical evaluations
  • Asset and corridor performance specification development
  • Quality management system development and implementation
  • Concession agreement drafting
  • Public sector comparator
  • Transition and implementation