LRT Stage 2 now $1.2B more than projected; SNC-Lavalin, American-French consortium recommended as builders

By Taylor Blewett, Ottawa Citizen, February 23, 2019

City of Ottawa staff revealed Friday that Stage 2 LRT will arrive later and cost $1.2 billion more if council decides to endorse contracts with its preferred project proponents — one of which is the embattled construction group SNC-Lavalin.

At a Friday afternoon technical briefing, Mayor Jim Watson announced that, after a three-year procurement process, the city was recommending TransitNEXT, a wholly owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, as the preferred proponent to work on the next phase of the north-south Trillium Line, which will see LRT extended to Riverside South and the Ottawa International Airport.

East West Connectors, a consortium comprised of American construction company Kiewit and French builder and transit operator Vinci, has been recommended for the design-build of the Confederation Line extension to Trim Road in the east, and Moodie Drive and Algonquin College in the west, while Confederation Line contractor RTG will remain responsible for the maintenance of the line.RTG had agreed not to bid on Stage 2.

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