Preferred bidder selected for a rail project in Canada

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Preferred bidder selected for a rail project in Canada

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx in Canada announced Graham Commuter Rail Solutions (GCRS) as the preferred proponent to design, build and finance the Davenport Diamond Rail Grade Separation project, part of Metrolinx's GO Rail Expansion program.

Members of the GCRS team include: 

  • Applicant Lead: Graham Capital Partners LP and Gracorp Capital Ltd.; Graham Construction and Engineering LP
  • Construction: Graham Construction and Engineering LP
  • Design: LEA Consulting Ltd. as Design Lead; exp Services Inc.; International Bridge Technologies; Brown & Storey Architects Inc.
  • Financial Advisor: Graham Capital Partners LP

The selection of GCRS is the result of an open, fair and competitive procurement process overseen by a third party fairness monitor. IO and Metrolinx expect to reach financial close in summer 2019, with construction to begin shortly thereafter. 

The Davenport Diamond is one of the last high-traffic rail crossings in Toronto. To enhance safety and reliability, and to allow the significant expansion and enhancement of rail service promised by Metrolinx, the Davenport Diamond level crossing will be removed by constructing an overpass to separate the freight corridor from the GO corridor. GO Transit is a regional public transit system in Southern Ontario.

The scope of work for the project includes:

  • Construction of a rail grade separation structure between north-south GO Barrie Rail corridor and east-west CP Rail corridor;
  • Erection of retaining walls forming the approaches of the grade separation structure topped with noise reduction walls to minimize impacts on the community;
  • Construction of a temporary diversion track to enable the construction of a new two-track elevated guideway;
  • Modification of an existing at-grade crossing at Wallace Avenue to become a road under rail grade separation;
  • Replacement of Bloor Street West Bridge; and
  • Construction in an active rail corridor with limited access points and staging and coordination with the Barrie Rail Corridor Expansion Grading project.

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