Tunnel construction contract awarded for the Eglinton Crosstown Project
- Yonge Street to Brentcliffe Road
TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Metrolinx Board of Directors has
approved the award of the Eglinton Crosstown East Tunnel construction
contract from Yonge Street to just east of Brentcliffe Road, signalling
another important milestone in the largest rapid transit expansion in
the City of Toronto's history.
"Approval to award this contract means Metrolinx and the Province of
Ontario can keep moving forward to deliver public transit that will
transform the way residents travel across the region," said Metrolinx
President and CEO, Bruce McCuaig. "The Crosstown project is a priority
for Metrolinx and regional transit, making it easier for people to
This $177 Million contract is the second of the two tunneling contract
packages for the Crosstown Project.
Aecon Dragados Joint Venture will begin work in late 2013 to construct
approximately 3.25 km of twin tunnels using two tunnel boring machines
and precast concrete tunnel lining segments supplied by Metrolinx. The
twin tunnels are to be constructed as a single pair of drives from a
launch shaft located east of Brentcliffe Road to an extraction shaft
located east of Yonge Street.
"We are moving forward on the biggest investment in public transit in
the City of Toronto," said Ontario Minister of Transportation and
Infrastructure, Glen Murray. "The Eglinton Crosstown Project will
create tens of thousands of jobs and make it easier for commuters to
get work, school or home to their families."
Tunnelling from the west launch shaft area near Black Creek Drive to
Yonge-Eglinton station began in June 2013, under a contract awarded by
the Metrolinx Board last year.
For more detailed information on the tunnelling process for the
Crosstown, go to www.thecrosstown.ca/tunnelling.
The Eglinton Crosstown Project is a key project identified in The Big
Move, the regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and
Hamilton Area (GTHA). Currently, Metrolinx has $16 billion worth of
projects underway that make up an extensive network of regional rapid
Metrolinx is the Province of Ontario's regional transportation agency
for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). For more information,
go to www.metrolinx.com.
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The Eglinton Crosstown is a light rail transit line that will run along
Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis (Weston Road) and Kennedy station.
This 19-kilometre corridor will include a 10-kilometre underground
portion, between Keele Street and Laird Drive.
The Crosstown will have up to 25 stations and stops. It will link to 54
bus routes, three subway stations and various GO Transit lines.
The Crosstown will provide fast, reliable and convenient transit by
carrying passengers in dedicated right-of-way transit lanes separate
from regular traffic.
This service will have priority signalling at intersections to ensure
certainty in travel times. The vehicles will use the PRESTO
proof-of-payment system and will have multiple entrances and low floors
to ensure fast and accessible boarding.
Light rail vehicles can travel as fast as 80km/hr. However, actual speed
is determined by the spacing of the stops and the speed limits of
surrounding traffic. On average, the Crosstown vehicles will travel at
The projected ridership of the Crosstown is 5,400 passengers per hour in
the peak direction by 2031. The capacity of the Crosstown vehicles is
15,000 passengers per hour per direction. Cars can be removed or added
easily, thus providing the flexibility to accommodate ridership
Light rail transit is a proven technology that is used around the world,
including extremely cold places such as Edmonton, Calgary and
The Crosstown is a $4.9 billion (2010$) investment from the Government
of Ontario to expand transit in Toronto. It is the largest transit
expansion in the history of Toronto.
The Eglinton Crosstown East Twin Tunnels Contract
The Eglinton Crosstown East Twin Tunnels contract (Yonge Street to
Brentcliffe Road) will construct approximately 3.25 km of twin tunnels
using two tunnel boring machines and precast concrete tunnel lining
segments supplied by Metrolinx. The twin tunnels are to be constructed
as a single pair of drives from a launch shaft located east of
Brentcliffe Road to an extraction shaft located east of Yonge Street.
In addition to the twin tunnels the contract also includes the
construction of the launch and extraction shafts, headwalls
associated with future stations, two (2) emergency exit buildings,
three (3) cross passages, required utility relocations, traffic
staging, ground and building settlement monitoring and site
The Tendering Process
A Request for Pre-Qualifications was publicly advertised on the MERX
website on January 14, 2013 to pre-qualify tunnel contractors and jet
grout subcontractors. Submissions were received on February 14, 2013.
Eight (8) Respondents requested copies of the Pre Qualification
package and eight (8) Respondents/Joint Venture entities provided
submissions. All submissions received were reviewed and evaluated by
the evaluation team in the presence of a Fairness Monitor.
Pre-Qualification submissions which met mandatory requirements
and received a minimum score of 70 points for the qualitative
evaluation were invited to bid on the subsequent tender process.
Eight (8) Respondents Joint/Venture construction contractors and eight
(8) jet grout subcontractors met the specified requirements and were
approved to proceed to the tender stage. Specifications and drawings
were prepared for the Eglinton Crosstown East Tunnels
construction contract from Yonge Street to Brentcliffe Road and the bid
package was issued on July 9, 2013 to all pre-qualified
Respondents/Joint Venture entities. All pre-qualified respondents were
provided with copies of the tender documents.
Before the tender close, two (2) of the pre-qualified -contractors,
joined to form a new Joint Venture. This proposal and the new entity
was acceptable to Metrolinx, which allowed them to submit their bid as
a single Joint Venture. Based on this, the total number of
pre-qualified bidders for this project was reduced to seven (7)
Metrolinx received a total of three (3) bid submissions on
September 12, 2013 out of seven (7) prequalified bidders. Tender
prices ranged from a low of $176,663,700 to a high of $224,699,345
exclusive of HST. The remaining four (4) prequalified bidders who did
not participate in the bid indicated that the major reasons include:
insufficient tendering period for the project, high number or
pre-qualified contractors, required utility work, backlog of work and
other potential projects.
Metrolinx project staff recommend award to Aecon Dragados Joint Venture
as the lowest tendered price compliant contractor.
For further information:
Anne Marie Aikins