TORONTO — Metrolinx has announced that its $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT will not be completed until “well into 2022” — significantly later than the most recent estimated completion date of September 2021.
Metrolinx president and CEO Phil Verster released the news in a statement Feb. 18, outlining several reasons why project consortium Crosslinx Transit Solutions will be unable to meet the 2021 deadline for the Toronto project.
“Unfortunately, Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS) has faced a number of challenges since the start of the project, including starting nine months later than planned after contract award in July 2015, (they) were slow to finalize the designs with some design work packages, and although CTS has significantly improved its production rate since the 2018 agreement, it has achieved only 84 per cent of its target, meaning the project will be delayed,” stated Verster in the release.
“In addition, an unpredictable, but safe, defect was found under the TTC station box at Eglinton-Yonge station. Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario, CTS and the TTC have been seized with addressing this defect and although a way forward has been determined, the station will be delayed further.”
The Toronto project, being undertaken as a P3, will include 25 new stations and stops and 19 kilometres of new transit lines.
Members of the CTS consortium are ACS-Dragados, Aecon, EllisDon and SNC-Lavalin.
A January release noted the project will hit the 50 per cent mark of track installation early this year.