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INFRASTRUCTURE: Montreal Metro expansion boosts construction industry

The biggest construction project that got under way in Canada this spring was the $345 million extension of the Montreal Metro Line 2 to Laval. Of the top largest 10 construction starts recorded by Ca...

June 1, 2002  Canadian Consulting Engineer

The biggest construction project that got under way in Canada this spring was the $345 million extension of the Montreal Metro Line 2 to Laval. Of the top largest 10 construction starts recorded by CanaData in March, the urban transit project funded entirely by Quebec province was easily first. A consortium called Groupement SGTM has been hired to do the engineering, procurement and project management.The consortium consists of SNC-Lavalin, Tecsult, GMAT, Municonsult, Bisson & Associs, and Giasson et Farregut. The contract is worth $38 million.Over 60 project calls will be issued and the work will employ approximately 4,800 people.

The expansion involves three new stations: Montmorency, Concorde (which will intersect with the Montreal/Blainville suburban train) and Cartier. Upon its completion scheduled for January 2006 the line is expected to carry 50,000 passengers.

In its summary of total construction starts for the first quarter of 2002 CanaData recorded a decline of 23% in engineering and buildings compared to the same period last year.

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