The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has awarded three contracts worth CAD86M ($62.6M) for high voltage cabling and accessories, and transmission and distribution line relocation works in Canada.
These contracts are part of phase two of the preparatory activities at the Canadian Port of Entry (POE), and will ensure the Canadian POE site is ready for the private-sector partner chosen to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Prysmian Cables and Systems Canada has been awarded the cable and accessories contract, while Valard Construction has been tasked with the relocation of the transmission lines. AMS, a joint venture (JV) of Amico Infrastructures and Mid-South Contractors, will be responsible for distribution line relocation.
The utility relocations will focus on the Hydro One power corridor that supports the power grid of Ontario. The contracts will allow many overhead power lines to be moved underground and some will be connected to new transmission towers.
Michael Cautillo, WDBA president and CEO, said: “The second stage of preparatory works is another step in delivering Canadian and US sites that are ready for construction to our eventual private-sector partner.
“The more work we complete now, the more quickly our partner will be able to begin construction after financial close.”
Besides collaborating with Hydro One, WDBA will work with West Windsor Power to relocate high-voltage transmission lines affected by the project.
Activities under phase two are expected to be complete in mid-2018.
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