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By Noted (anonymous) | Posted February 14, 2013 at 13:09:15

A $3.8-billion contract to build and maintain the city’s planned light-rail system is ready to be signed, Mayor Jim Watson announced Wednesday.

The city announced in December that a consortium called the Rideau Transit Group, led by SNC-Lavalin, EllisDon and ACS Infrastructure Canada, offered the best of three final bids for the massive project, but it has taken nearly two more months to finalize the legal details.

The actual contract is to be signed in a ceremony next week, Watson said.

“Today achieves the end of one long and challenging journey, but also the beginning of another,” he said.

The contract includes $1.8 billion worth of work to construct a 12.5-kilometre light-rail line along the Transitway from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair Road, including through a tunnel under downtown, and widen a stretch of the Queensway for the provincial government. The contract also includes a pledge to maintain the rail system for 30 years, a job that’ll pay an estimated $2 billion more.

In response to questions from the Citizen earlier this week, the city’s communications department claimed to have no idea when the contract might be signed and said no ceremonial event was planned.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ottawa/City+ready+sign+billion+contract+Ottawa+light+rail+system/7960592/story.html

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