The west Valley Line LRT plan passed a provincial review with only “a few concerns” and a funding agreement should be signed shortly, Minister of Transportation Ric McIver announced Friday.
The news came through a Twitter post. While it appears there is work outstanding, it was enough to have the local ward councillor celebrating.
“Big news on a Friday night. … Construction of the Valley Line West LRT begins in 2021!” Coun. Andrew Knack posted.
In a letter sent to Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, McIver said the review raised concerns related to technical considerations around buying LRT vehicles and around how the west portion of the line will integrate with the southeast leg of the Valley Line.
“I understand the City is working on solutions to mitigate both risks,” McIver wrote.
“If the City is amenable to working with the Province on strengthened governance provisions to enhance communication and oversight then the Province will execute the West Valley Line LRT Funding Agreement immediately.”
The southeast leg of the Valley Line, from downtown to Mill Woods, is being built through a P3 process. It will be completed and operated through a consortium of companies called TransEd.
The west leg is designed to run from downtown, west on Stony Plain Road, south on 156 Street and then west again past the Misericordia Hospital. The terminus is planned for Lewis Estates. The City of Edmonton anticipates five to six years of construction.
The province also announced Friday the review for Calgary’s Green Line LRT is complete. In that announcement, McIver said the province has a number of concerns about risk and certainty with regard to the costs, contingencies, governance and overall procurement strategy. He said the province will maintain the $1.53 billion set aside for that project, but needs to work with the city to address the risks before signing off.
More to come…
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