TORONTO — The next stage of planning, design and procurement for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension is underway as the Government of Ontario released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the second advance tunnel contract for a section of underground works from Jane Street to the future Mount Dennis Station.
In the coming weeks, the province is also expected to release a pre-qualification for the transit project’s elevated section of tracks from Scarlett Road to Jane Street. Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will evaluate the submissions and announce a shortlist of qualified proponents for both contracts in spring 2022, indicates a release.
Once the extension is complete, it will extend the Eglinton Crosstown LRT by 9.2 kilometres from the future Mount Dennis Station to Renforth Drive, running mostly underground, connecting riders to destinations across the Greater Toronto Area through connections to UP Express, GO Transit, TTC and MiWay. Ontario is also exploring a potential extension of the line to Pearson International Airport.
The province awarded the first advance tunnel contract to West End Connectors in May and will continue to issue separate contracts for the balance of the work.
In July 2021, West End Connectors broke ground at the Renforth launch shaft site, where, starting in spring 2022, the tunnel boring machines will be lowered into the ground to dig the underground section between Renforth Drive and Scarlett Road.