Builder skipped approval step during first crack at LRT completion, documents suggest

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, February 8, 2020

The Rideau Transit Group in spring 2019 didn’t get an important go-ahead before the consortium first claimed to have met the requirements for a completed $2.1-billion Confederation Line, according to city documents.

RTG’s first attempt at achieving “substantial completion” and finally collecting the $59 million the city was holding back until the job was done didn’t pass the scrutiny of the city and an independent certifier.

Documents released recently by the city in response to an access-to-information request last August suggest RTG didn’t receive the blessing from a team of senior RTG and city rail construction staff tasked with reviewing contract requirements and outstanding issues in the lead up to substantial completion. RTG went ahead and filed the notice of substantial completion anyway.

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