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Dorval ‘overpass to nowhere’ finally opens – years late, $200M over budget

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WATCH: After years of delays, Dorval’s overpass to nowhere now has a destination. As Global's Tim Sargeant reports, the interchange, which links Highway 20 to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, is being inaugurated – Dec 18, 2017

It’s been a long and expensive road to build the Dorval Interchange, linking Highway 20 to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport.

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The redevelopment project was initially announced 12 years ago, on May 2, 2005, with a proposed price tag of $150 million — $17 million for the overpasses alone.

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By September 2006, the cost was revised to $180 million, before jumping again to $190 million less than a year later.

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On Feb. 16, 2009, the projected costs reached $224 million, with construction starting that April.

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In July 2010, a revised budget pushed the price to $343 million.

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Sixteen months later, in November 2011, the project was suspended due to legal disputes between CP Rail, CN and two hotels over permission to build on the land.

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Almost one year later, a KPMG report estimated the cost to build the overpass would now reach $500 million.

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The project was then downsized back to $343 million, resolved the legal disputes and resumed work on May 2, 2016.

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On Nov. 30, the first overpass finally opened, with the second now following a month later.

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The new target date to finish the entire project, excluding the Dorval Circle, is 2019 — 14 years later than the original estimate.

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