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Metrolinx shortlists tunneling contractors for Scarborough, Eglinton Crosstown West extensions


Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) last week put six teams on a short list to advance tunneling work on the Scarborough Subway and Eglinton Crosstown West extensions, which are part Ontario's larger CA$28.5 billion subway expansion plan.

Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc., Strabag Inc., and East End Connectors — a team lead by Dragados Canada Inc., Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc. and Ghella Canada Ltd. — have been invited to respond to a request for proposals and prepare submissions detailing how they would perform tunneling work for the Scarborough Subway Extension. 

The Scarborough Subway Extension is a nearly 5-mile extension of Metrolinx’s Line 2 from Kennedy Station to McCowan Road/Sheppard Avenue.

East End Connectors, Fast Eglinton Group — a team lead by FCC Construccion SA, Astaldi Canada Enterprises Inc. and Salini-Impregilo SpA — and North American Tunnel Partners led by EllisDon Capital Inc. and Barnard LP were put on the short list for tunneling work on the Eglinton Crosstown West project, which would extend the Eglinton Crosstown light rail 5.7 miles.

The Eglinton Crosstown West extension will run mostly underground, westward from the future Mount Dennis station to Renforth Drive.

The tunneling contracts are expected to be awarded in mid-2021.

Teams were selected for the list based on criteria in the request for qualifications process that began in March. Criteria included design and construction experience and the financial capacity to complete the project. Teams with the top three scores were then placed on the list.


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