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First contracts let on Vancouver's Evergreen Line project


Yesterday, Canadian and provincial government officials announced two contracts have been awarded for pre-construction work on the new Evergreen Line rapid transit project in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Pre-construction work will include widening roads, relocating utilities, realigning track and removing vacant buildings, Transport Canada officials said in a prepared statement.

Pedre Contractors Ltd. will install new underground power lines in Port Moody and Coquitlam, which will provide power to build the bored tunnel and supply power to operate the line. Hans Demolition and Excavating will remove two vacant buildings in Coquitlam and Burnaby.

The project’s total cost is estimated at $1.4 billion. Funding will be provided by the province of British Columbia, Canadian government and TransLink, which will operate the line when it’s completed.

The province plans to select a primary contractor to design and build the line this summer.

“Metro Vancouver has a first-class transit system and the Evergreen Line will help build on that success,” said B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom.

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