Construction has started on the newest 13 km. Valley Line extension of Edmonton’s LRT.
The $1.8 billion project, from downtown to Mill Woods, should be completed by 2020.
A small group of protesters carried signs and chanted during the LRT’s groundbreaking to assert their view that river valleys and mass transit don’t mix. Mayor Don Iveson says everything needed to be done to mitigate that the river crossing has been taken care of.
“Any time you cross the river there’s going to be environmental impacts, and the city did incredible work to study those and to mitigate those as best as possible, and that’s one of the reasons why actually the new bridge is going where the old bridge was,” said Edmonton mayor Don Iveson. “So that we don’t have an additional bridge crossing the river which has huge disruption potential to the ecosystem to put in.”
The project is being built by TransEd Partners, including Fengate Capital Management, Bechtel, Ellis- Don, and Bombardier. Other key team members include Transdev, ARUP, and IBI Group.