MIP is a consortium of Colas Infrastructure Canada, Parsons, Standard General, Francl Architecture, Fast + EPP, and Stantec.

Edmonton launched the Valley Line West procurement process in January, and released its proponent shortlist in March. The contract is expected to be finalised by the end of the year, with construction starting in 2021 and wrapping up in 2026 or 2027.

Valley Line West will run between 102nd Street downtown and Lewis Farms in west Edmonton, with 14 street-level and two elevated stations.

The line is the second phase of Edmonton’s 27km Valley Line project, which will connect Mill Woods in the southeast and Lewis Farms in the west when complete. The first phase, Valley Line Southeast, which runs between Mill Woods and 102nd Street downtown is currently under construction.

The project is supported through funding commitments from the city ($C 444m), Alberta ($C 1.04bn) and the federal government ($C 948m).

“We’re confident our rigorous competitive process has culminated in the selection of a strong team to deliver the Valley Line West LRT at good value for Edmontonians,” says Mr Brad Smid, director of Valley Line.

Edmonton’s 27km Valley Line project will operate between Mill Woods in the southeast and Lewis Farms in the west when complete.

The project is expected to play a key role in contributing to the city and region’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Construction is estimated to generate $US 760m in wages (8800 jobs) in the province and another $US 209m (2700 jobs) across Canada.

Separately, Edmonton is advancing its procurement for the purchase of LRVs for the Valley Line West Light Rail, with the city announcing in August that it expected to go out to tender this autumn.

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