Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have selected Pape North Connect as the development partner for the Ontario Line Pape Tunnel and Underground Stations contract.

The Pape North Connect team includes:

Applicant Leads: Webuild Civil Work Inc., Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) Canada Ltd.

Design Team: Arcadis Professional Services (Canada) Inc., AECOM Canada Ltd.

Construction Team: Webuild Civil Work Inc., Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) Canada Ltd.

The Ontario Line is No. 6 on ReNew Canada’s 2024 Top100 Projects report.

The DMCA incorporates a multi-stage design process called a development phase, according to the progressive design-build model. This phase allows for a collaborative approach between Metrolinx as the project owner and Pape North Connect as the contracting partner, who work together to finalize the scope, risk allocation and pricing of various elements of this contract.

The development phase is anticipated to take approximately 24 months, though early works construction can commence during this phase. Once the development phase has concluded, Metrolinx will have the option to sign a final target-price agreement with Pape North Connect, which would include final agreements on detailed designs and a negotiated price.

The scope of work includes three kilometres of twin tunnels under Pape Avenue from the Gerrard portal to the Don Valley bridge; two tunnel portals at Gerrard Avenue and Minton Place; one underground station at Pape Avenue and Danforth Avenue (interchange with the TTC’s existing Pape Station on Line 2) and another underground station at Cosburn Avenue and Pape Avenue; three emergency exit/ service buildings; ​underpinning of the existing TTC Pape Station; and a rail switch/crossover in the tunnel near Sammon Avenue.

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The Ontario Line project is being delivered through various public-private partnership (P3), progressive design-build and traditional procurement contracts, which are all being staged accordingly for their successful delivery.

The Ontario Line will be a 15.6-kilometre subway line with 15 new stations and will run from Exhibition Place, through the heart of downtown, all the way to the Ontario Science Centre. It will give people more time back in their days, with a trip from one end to the other taking less than 30 minutes compared to the 70 minutes it takes on transit today. There will also be significant relief from crowding throughout the existing transit network thanks to connections to more than 40 other travel options along the way, including the TTC’s Line 1 and Line 2, three GO Transit rail lines, and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Featured image: (Metrolinx)


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