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Think of it as the first concrete steps toward building the $58-million underpass on London’s Adelaide Street.
City council’s civic works committee is getting ready to vote on the company that will come up with the design for the railway underpass, a long-awaited project expected to bring relief to drivers and pedestrians held up by trains crossing the major north-south artery.
“This is a project that has been years and years in the making, and until recently it was to be done in 2030, so we have been able to move it up to start it now, in the beginning of 2019, with the design stages, which is hugely important,” said Coun. Phil Squire, who chairs the civic works committee.
“This is something the community has been waiting for a long time.”
Adelaide is blocked by Canadian Pacific Railways (CP) trains several times every day, snarling traffic for the more than 25,000 drivers who use the route daily for more than 100 minutes.
According to a report prepared by city staff, the detailed design for the project will cost about $2.4 million. Besides the underpass and road themselves, the design will include such elements as sewer work, road detours and streetscaping.
Initially planned to be built in 2030, construction is now expected to begin in 2021 and last about two years. Choosing a company for the design of the project now will help the city keep this timeline, the report states.
City staff is also recommending council award the design contract to WSP Group, the same firm that conducted the environmental assessment for the proposed underpass.
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