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IO signs team to deliver Ontario Line Pape Tunnel

DCN-JOC News Services
IO signs team to deliver Ontario Line Pape Tunnel

TORONTO — Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have announced they have selected Pape North Connect to deliver the Ontario Line Pape Tunnel and Underground Stations contract in Toronto.

The team has signed a development and master construction agreement (DMCA) with Metrolinx, under a progressive design-build contract, stated a release.

The Pape North Connect team includes Webuild Civil Work Inc. and Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) Canada Ltd. as applicant leads; Arcadis Professional Services (Canada) Inc. and Aecom Canada Ltd. as the design team; and Webuild Civil Work and FCC Canada as the construction team.

The team was selected following an evaluation of proposals submitted in September 2023.

The work includes three kilometres of twin tunnels under Pape Avenue from the Gerrard portal to the Don Valley bridge; two tunnel portals at Gerrard Avenue and Minton Place; one underground station at Pape Avenue and Danforth Avenue (with an interchange with the TTC’s existing Pape Station on Line 2) and another underground station at Cosburn Avenue and Pape Avenue; three emergency exit service buildings; underpinning of the existing TTC Pape Station; and a rail switch and crossover in the tunnel near Sammon Avenue.

The DMCA incorporates a multi-stage design process called a development phase, pursuant to the progressive design-build model. The phase allows for a collaborative approach between Metrolinx as the project owner and Pape North Connect as the contracting partner, who work together to finalize the scope, risk allocation and pricing of various elements of the contract.

The development phase is anticipated to take approximately 24 months, though early works construction can commence during the phase. Once the development phase has concluded, Metrolinx will have the option to sign a final target-price agreement with Pape North Connect that would include final agreements on detailed designs and a negotiated price.

The Ontario Line project is being delivered through various P3, progressive design-build and traditional procurement contracts, which are all being staged accordingly for their successful delivery.

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