TORONTO, July 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Toronto Port Authority (TPA) today
announced that excavation has begun on the main pedestrian tunnel to
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
"The beginning of the pedestrian tunnel's excavation marks a major step
forward in this project," said Geoffrey Wilson, TPA President and CEO.
"This next phase will bring us that much closer to providing passengers
with easy and reliable access to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport."
Excavation began with the boring of two six-foot tunnels by two
Canadian-made boring machines dubbed "Chip" and "Dale". The two tunnel
boring machines were also used to create the tunnel crown that
comprises seven interlocking drift tunnels.The excavation will take
place in two phases; the first phase will involve the excavation of the
pedestrian tunnel's top half. The second phase will involve the
excavation of the elevator shafts to the pedestrian tunnel's base after
which the tunnel's bottom half will be excavated. The excavation is
expected to be completed by the fall of 2013.
Construction began on the pedestrian tunnel in March 2012. The tunnel
will link Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to the mainland and provide
enhanced service and convenient access for the airport's users. The
project is financed by the private sector and will be paid for by
departing passengers via the existing Airport Improvement Fee. Once
completed, the tunnel will also use 100 per cent green energy supplied
by Bullfrog Power Inc. Project completion is expected in summer 2014.
For more information on the Pedestrian Tunnel project, visit www.torontoport.com or www.bbtcatunnelproject.ca
About the Toronto Port Authority (www.torontoport.com)
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto
City Airport, the Port of Toronto (Terminals 51 and 52), and Toronto's
Outer Harbour Marina. In addition to moving more than two million
passengers through the airport in 2012, the Port Authority provides
transportation, distribution, storage and container services to
businesses at the Port, and owns and operates Toronto's largest
freshwater marina. The Toronto Port Authority was incorporated on June
8, 1999 as a government business enterprise under the Canada Marine Act
as the successor to the Toronto Harbour Commissioners.
Image with caption: "Two six-foot tunnels at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport created by Canadian-made boring machines dubbed "Chip" and "Dale". (CNW Group/Toronto Port Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130705_C5720_PHOTO_EN_28791.jpg
Image with caption: "Exaction of the top half of the pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (mainland side). (CNW Group/Toronto Port Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130705_C5720_PHOTO_EN_28792.jpg
SOURCE: Toronto Port Authority
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