Turcot construction to start next year

MONTREAL — After 19 months of deliberating, the Quebec government finally announced the name of the consortium to rebuild the Turcot interchange.

KPH Turcot, made up of U.S. based engineering and construction firms Kiewit and Parsons, will start the multi-billion dollar project next year.

The firms have an enormous job ahead of them: To design and build the new structure with multiple exchanges while dismantling the existing labyrinth.

“It has to be designed so that it lasts maybe 150 years or more, ” McGill University engineering professor Saeed Mirza said.

Construction is slated to begin next year and is supposed to be finished by 2020. But it’s already two years behind the original schedule.

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Transportation Minister Robert Poeti insists he will do all he can to ensure the project starts and finishes on time.

“If something’s going to happen, we’re going to tell you when, why and how much (it) is going to cost,” Poeti said.

While details of the contract won’t be known until the official signing next February, the project is expected to cost between $3 billion and $4 billion.




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