Compared to the Alex Fraser Bridge, the new Port Mann Bridge is five metres longer and 25 feet taller.
As a comparison, the No-Toll Lions Gate Bridge at the First Narrows of Burrard Inlet was built in 1938, in a year and a half, lasted for 63 years until it needed to be refurbished with a wider decking in 2000-2001. With that Upgrade costing $100 million, it's now been given a clean bill of health for the same time frame of the new Port Mann Bridge. Go figure.
We found it strange that an arranged "marriage" between Engineers and Politicians would use a human term to describe a "germ" of an idea between them to eventually have the off-spring delivered through something called, in abstract terms???? ........ the "Gateway".
Looks like, from this image, that either the New Port Mann Bridge is in the Wrong location, or, the BC Liberal Government, couldn't, as part of it's responsibility, purchase enough property...... or the Two legged support towers was never feasible. Quite possibly, the New Port Mann Bridge was NEVER supposed to be the widest Bridge in British Columbia, costing twice, thrice of the original plan.
#1 Google search Criteria Gateway Program, BC. Public Private Partnerships
First solid Result is.... questionable... May be.....:
www.thetbwg.org/meetings/nbf/200705/fyfe.pptFile Format: Microsoft Powerpoint - View as HTML
Richard Fyfe, COO Gateway Program, BC. Public Private Partnerships: Top-
Down Support. “Having modern, reliable infrastructure in place allows businesses to ...
“Since we launched the public/private initiative in 2002, we have actually either started or completed $4.7 billion in new P3 projects...that is the future of Development in the Province of British Columbia: Better value, on time, on budget. So, in the future, we’re going to work with you, but we will insist that Partnerships BC look at major Projects and the base case in British Columbia will be P3’s unless Partnerships BC says there’s a compelling reason to do otherwise. P3 will be the Standard in British Columbia for three reasons: They work for you, they work for us, and most importantly, they work for the taxpayers that we work for.” British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell - Speech to UBCM, October 27, 2006
Kind of a weird way to write that last sentence .....
(P3's) work for (taxpayers) you
(P3's) work for BC Liberals
(P3's) work for taxpayers
BC Liberals work for insiders, taxpayers????
#2 Google Search:
BC or tolls Port Mann Bridge "Availability payments" filetype:ppt
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Partnership BC "Availability payments or tolls"
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Partnership BC "Availability payments" or tolls
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Modified by adding PMB: BC "Availability payments" or tolls Port Mann Bridge
This Link, entitled "Value for Money State of the Practice - 2011" has extensive writings on British Columbia's practices on P3s with Note 48 used twice to explain why BC "Risk should be extensively analyzed ......"
48 Partnerships British Columbia, "Methodology for Quantitative Procurement Options Analysis Discussion Paper" Updated January 2010. Retrieved from http://www.partnershipsbc.ca/files/documents/pbc-methodology-quantitative-procurement-options-analysis-29jan10_000.pdf on March 16, 2010And
British Columbia British Columbia (BC) also possesses an extensive best practices approach to the quantification of costs for both the traditional and P3 procurement. The approach lays out in great detail how procuring agencies should assess risk, long-term maintenance and operating costs, financing costs, and adjustments for tax and insurance. According to the Provinces' Methodology for Quantitative Procurement Options Analysis Discussion Paper, risk should be extensively analyzed.48
Partnership BC, the lead Crown Corporation that oversaw, oversees all P3s explains how a project like the Port Mann Bridge should handle Risk Management by the Engineers, the Contractor, and the BC Liberal Government.
It's already been shown at one our own Posts, so too for Northern Insight, and then the Press of the history of ICE Bombs from similar Bridges in North America, such as the Port Mann, as far back as 2000.
Here's Partnership BC own advise on how Risk Management should be proceeded, before the Contract is signed.... What happened?