TORONTO — Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have awarded a contract to Toronto Tunnel Partners (TTP) to design, build and finance the Highway 401 Rail Tunnel project near Toronto’s Pearson Airport, part of the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) expansion.
The contract is valued at $116.9 million, noted a recent media statement.
Members of the partnership include EllisDon Capital Inc. and STRABAG Inc. as applicant lead; EllisDon Civil Ltd. and STRABAG undertaking construction; WSP Canada Inc., Dr. Sauer & Partners and Amec Foster Wheeler doing design work; and EllisDon Capital Inc. and STRABAG Inc. working as the financial advisor.
The project includes construction of a new tunnel under Highways 401 and 409 just northeast of Pearson Airport to accommodate two tracks, future signalling and communications infrastructure, and replacing footings of retaining walls that support the ramp from eastbound Highway 409 to eastbound Highway 401.
The work is part of the Kitchener GO corridor.
“Building a new tunnel under the 401 will allow us to expand service on the Kitchener GO corridor to make it easier for our current and future customers between Toronto and Kitchener to choose GO Transit as a way to travel,” said Phil Verster, president and CEO of Metrolinx, in the statement.
Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2018, with an expected substantial completion date for late summer 2021, the statement said. At the peak of construction, TTP anticipates approximately 50 workers on site.
The project is being delivered using IO’s alternative financing and procurement model.