Ontario issues RFP for Davenport Diamond rail project

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a request for proposals (RFP) to three shortlisted teams to design, build and finance the Davenport Diamond Rail Grade Separation project. The shortlisted teams are Davenport Construction Partners, Graham Commuter Rail Solution and Steelhead. The Davenport Diamond Rail Grade Separation project is part of Metrolinx’s work to provide faster, more frequent and convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, as part of the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program.
“Eliminating the level crossing at the Davenport Diamond will improve safety and allow us to add new, electrified rail service in this corridor,” Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation, said.
The scope of work for the project includes: construction of a grade separation structure between the north/south GO Rail corridor and east/west CP Rail corridor to minimize delays to GO service, implementation of a pedestrian underpass to restore east/west connection at Paton Road; erection of retaining walls forming the approaches of the grade separation structure, topped with noise barrier walls and superimposed cladding to minimize impacts on the community; modification of an existing at-grade road crossing at Wallace Avenue to become a road under rail grade separation; provisions for future electrification implemented within upgraded rail infrastructure to accommodate future electrified GO train service.
The teams that have been invited to respond to the RFP will begin preparing proposals that detail how they will design, build and finance the project. Once submissions are received, IO and Metrolinx will evaluate the proposals, select a preferred proponent and then negotiate a final contract. The successful proponent is expected to be announced in fall 2018.

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