DAILY NEWS Jan 7, 2013 4:14 PM - 0 comments

Ottawa's Confederation Line to be designed by SNC-Lavalin

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SNC-Lavalin is on the team that is the preferred bidder to design, build, finance and maintain the new Ottawa Light Rail Transit project, now named the "Confederation Line."

The selection of the Rideau Transit Group, which includes SNC-Lavalin as well as EllisDon, ACS Infrastructure, Dragados Canada and Veolia Transportation, was announced by Infrastructure Ontario after the Ottawa City Council unanimously endorsed the selection.

The new line runs from Tunney's Pastrure in the west across town east to Blair Station, with 13 new stations. The largest component of the project is a 2.5-kilometre tunnel under the downtown section, which will have three stations.

The project also includes the widening of Highway 417 from Nicholas Street to the split with Highway 174.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017 at a fixed cost of $2.1 billion.

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