The Metrolinx Board of Directors has approved the award of the Eglinton Crosstown East Tunnel construction contract from Yonge Street to just east of Brentcliffe Road to a joint venture of Aecon and Dragados. The contract signals another important milestone in the largest rapid transit expansion in the City of Toronto’s history.
“Approval to award this contract means Metrolinx and the Province of Ontario can keep moving forward to deliver public transit that will transform the way residents travel across the region,” said Metrolinx President and CEO, Bruce McCuaig. “The Crosstown project is a priority for Metrolinx and regional transit, making it easier for people to choose transit.”
This $177 million contract is the second of the two tunneling contract packages for the Crosstown Project.
Aecon-Dragados JV will begin work in late 2013 to construct approximately 3.25 km of twin tunnels using two TBMs and precast concrete tunnel lining segments supplied by Metrolinx. The twin tunnels are to be constructed as a single pair of drives from a launch shaft located east of Brentcliffe Road to an extraction shaft located east of Yonge Street.
Tunneling from the west launch shaft area near Black Creek Drive to Yonge-Eglinton station began in June 2013, under a contract awarded by the Metrolinx Board last year – a $320 million project that was awarded to Crosstown Transit Constructors, a consortium comprised of Kenny Construction Co., Kenaidan Contracting Ltd., Obayashi Canada Ltd. and Technicore Underground Inc.
The Eglinton Crosstown Project is a key project identified in The Big Move, the regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Currently, Metrolinx has $16 billion worth of projects underway that make up an extensive network of regional rapid transit projects.
Metrolinx received a total of three bid submissions on September 12, 2013, out of seven prequalified bidders. Tender prices ranged from a low of $176,663,700 to a high of $224,699,345.