Birnie Electric Ltd. is up and running in Waterloo where it was awarded a $6.5-million contract for electrical work on Stage 1 of the Region of Waterloo’s new light-rail transit (LRT) system. The LRT, known as ION, will ultimately connect the three major urban centres of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo.
Project Manager Keith Bayes said there is currently a superintendent on site with local electricians doing preliminary work including underground conduits and a duct bank.
“We do anticipate the hiring of 15 to 20 local IBEW electricians as work on this project moves forward,” added Keith. The first stage of the project involves design-assist electrical services with AECOM along with installations for a new maintenance and repair facility and 19 LRT stations.
Work began in earnest in March with completion slated for the end of 2016. Stage 1 of the project will see light rail trains running on 19 kilometres of track from Conestoga Mall in Waterloo to Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener by 2017. Birnie Electric is working with Aecon, a member of GrandLinq, the consortium awarded the overall contract.
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