Early works construction for Phase 1 of the Capital Line South extension is well underway, and will continue throughout 2024. The competitive process to select the Design-Build contractor continues, and we anticipate selecting the contractor in spring 2024. Major LRT construction is anticipated to start in summer 2024.
Early Works Construction Along 111 Street
Early works construction continues at many locations along 111 Street to prepare the LRT alignment. This preparation work, including utility relocations, allows the Design-Build contractor to begin major LRT construction in summer 2024. To receive project updates and construction notices, scroll down and click on “Get Email Updates”.
On May 16, the LRT project team discussed recommended project scope changes with City Council that are needed to remain within the approved project funding. Changes to the project scope were the result of significant economic pressures and market uncertainty that arose since the original project cost estimate was prepared in 2020. The following scope reductions/deferrals were recommended and approved by Council:
Heritage Valley North Station (changed from elevated station to at-grade station)
Heritage Valley Park & Ride (deferred the expansion (from 1100 stalls to 1900 stalls) to a future project)
LRV order (reduced to minimum service requirement and spares)
Operations & Maintenance Facility (reduced storage capacity for LRVs, and repurposed ROW equipment storage area for interim light maintenance)
On May 16, three motions were made at Council. Below is a high-level summary of Council’s decisions:
Twin Brooks station will get built.
Visual screen wall will not be made of concrete or brick.
Project team is looking into whether or not there are alternative materials that are the same quality/cost of wood.
Project team will prepare a cost analysis for future construction of a grade-separated Ellerslie Road between 127 Street and 135 Street.
This cost analysis is just for information, not for making a final decision about grade separation as Phase 1 of the project does not cross Ellerslie Road. A decision about grade separation at Ellerslie Road will be made at a future date that has yet to be determined.
In December 2023, the project team delivered information packages about the visual screen fence to eligible property owners along 111 Street. A 6-foot-tall, double-boarded, pressure-treated wooden fence is being offered to the majority of eligible property owners. This decision is consistent with the noise studies for the project, which indicated average noise levels were below the 65 dBA threshold of the City’s Urban Traffic Noise Policy. Property owners can choose if they want the new fence. The fence will be built on the property line.
Fence construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2024.
In June 2022, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued to identify and shortlist qualified bidders to design and build this LRT extension. Two bidders were shortlisted. The Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued to the two shortlisted bidders on March 31, 2023, with the selection of the Design-Build contractor to occur in spring 2024.
About The Project
The extension will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 will extend the line from Century Park to just north of Ellerslie Road, and Phase 2 will extend from Ellerslie Road to Allard/Desrochers. Concept design for Phase 2 has been advanced.
Capital Line South Phase 1 (Century Park to just north of Ellerslie Road) is a 4.5 km long, high floor LRT and includes:
An underpass at 23 Avenue
Bridges crossing Blackmud Creek and Anthony Henday Drive
A new operations and maintenance facility south of Anthony Henday Drive
A neighbourhood LRT station at Twin Brooks (which will be smaller in size compared to a multi-modal transit station like Century Park)