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EllisDon Team wins Highway 401 Rail Tunnel project

Scope of work for the $116.9M fixed-priced contract includes construction of a new tunnel to accommodate two tracks, future signaling and communications infrastructure, and replacing footings of retaining walls.


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(source: Infrastructure Ontario)

The Toronto Tunnel Partners team led by EllisDon and STRABAG along with WSP Canada, Dr. Sauer & Partners and Amec Foster Wheeler, has been awarded a fixed-price contract to design, build and finance the Highway 401 Rail Tunnel project, in support of the Ontario’s GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program.

“Building a new tunnel under the 401 will allow us to expand service on the Kitchener GO corridor to make it easier for our current and future customers between Toronto and Kitchener to choose GO Transit as a way to travel. We are excited to be working with the Toronto Tunnel Partners consortium to build this new infrastructure to add more track to deliver our future electrified 15-minute all-day service in core areas to get our customers to their destinations faster and easier,”
said Phil Verster, president/CEO Metrolinx, in a media release.

The contract, awarded by Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx, is valued at $116.9 million, which reflects the substantial completion payment.

Scope of work for the project includes construction of a new tunnel under Highways 401 and 409 to accommodate two tracks, future signaling and communications infrastructure, and replacing footings of retaining walls that support the ramp from eastbound Highway 409 to eastbound Highway 401.

Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2018, with an expected substantial completion date for late summer 2021.

“The 401 Rail Tunnel Project, which will also support potential high speed rail service between Toronto and Windsor, is another step forward in building the transportation system Ontario needs to continue to grow and prosper,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, in the release.

Members of the Toronto Tunnel Partners team includes:

  • Applicant Lead: EllisDon Capital Inc. and STRABAG Inc.
  • Construction: EllisDon Civil Ltd. and STRABAG Inc.
  • Design: WSP Canada Inc., Dr. Sauer & Partners, Amec Foster Wheeler
  • Financial Advisor: EllisDon Capital Inc. and STRABAG Inc.