Evergreen Line Woes – How Much Over Budget?

The Honolulu light-metro is $1.4 billion over budget.

Toronto’s Scarborough subway is already $900 million over budget.

Then it should not come as a surprise that the Evergreen Line is over budget.

The question is, by how much?

Evergreen Line delay costs lead to mediation, B.C. government hiding info on costs, changes and challenges

SNC-Lavalin and the provincial government are in mediation over cost overruns at…

By Bob Mackin

SNC-Lavalin and the provincial government are in mediation over cost overruns at the Evergreen Line rapid transit project, Business in Vancouver has learned.

SNC-Lavalinai??i??s infrastructure and construction division took a nearly $27 million hit in 2015ai??i??s second quarter, and it laid part of the blame on ai???challenging soil conditions.ai??? Tunnel boring was stalled for five months last year, delaying plans to complete the $1.43 billion Millennium Line extension from summer 2016 to fall 2016. Last November, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said it would open in early 2017.

ai???SNC-Lavalin does not comment on ongoing mediation or litigation,ai??? said Louis-Antoine Paquin, the companyai??i??s media relations manager, who referred BIV to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Amanda Farrell, the governmentai??i??s project manager, did not respond for comment, but an emailed statement from the Ministry claimed the project is on budget and said EGRT Construction, the SNC-led consortium, is responsible for any costs associated with schedule delays.

ai???As with any ongoing contract of this size and complexity, we remain in discussions with the contractor during the project in order to ensure the taxpayersai??i?? interests are represented and the project follows the contract,ai???Ai??according to the statement, which was sent by spokeswoman Trish Rorison.

The B.C. government hired the troubled Montreal engineering and construction firm in 2012 on an $889 million fixed-price contract after SNC-Lavalin accepted the risk of geotechnical conditions in the tunnel. The project geotechnical report in 2011 by Golder Associates said there were variable soil conditions, clays, minerals, boulders and groundwater on the route.

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One Response to “Evergreen Line Woes – How Much Over Budget?”
  1. Jim says:

    Don’t worry, in four years or so, when they talk of the construction, it will have been “on time, and on budget”, you’re just not thinking fourth dimensionally.

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