Preferred bidder for Edmonton Valley Line West LRT announced

Valley Line West LRTThe city of Edmonton has selected the Marigold Infrastructure Partners as the preferred bidder to design, build and partially finance the Valley Line West LRT project.

The consortium comprises Colas, Parsons, Standard General, Francl Architecture, Fast & Epp and Stantec.

CAD 2.6 billion (USD 1.98 billion) is the value of the project with funding commitments from the Province of Alberta and Government of Canada.

Marigold Infrastructure Partners and the authorities will enter into final negotiations, with the contract expected to be signed by the end of 2020.

The construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 and is expected to take about five to six years to complete.

“We’re confident our rigorous competitive process has culminated in the selection of a strong team to deliver the Valley Line West LRT at good value for Edmontonians,” Brad Smid, Valley Line Director said.

The city has launched the Valley Line West procurement process in January 2020 and released the proponent shortlist in March.

Valley Line West LRT involves the construction of a 14-km line from 102 Street downtown to Lewis Farms. The line includes 14 street-level stops and two elevated stations at the Misericordia Hospital and West Edmonton Mall.

The new LRT line will have two new bridges, one crossing Groat Road at Stony Plain Road, and another crossing Anthony Henday Drive at 87 Avenue. It will connect the transit centres at Jasper Place, West Edmonton Mall and Lewis Farms, and a Park & Ride location at Lewis Farms.

The travel time is expected to take 35 minutes between Lewis Farms and Edmonton downtown with low-floor LRVs running every five minutes during peak hours.

The Valley Line West LRT is the second phase of the Valley Line, a 27-km LRT that will provide seamless connection between Mill Woods and Lewis Farms once complete. The first phase of the project, Valley Line Southeast, is currently under construction.

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