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Evergreen contractor to pay for damaged line

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

EGRT Construction, the consortium building the Evergreen Line, will have to pay for part of the line in Burquitlam that shifted when a “concrete spacer” failed Friday, according to Victoria.

Roads were shut around Coquitlam’s Como Lake Avenue and Clark Drive until Sunday afternoon because of the incident.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone said Monday the problem was caused by a “temporary” component that shifted.

“This hasn’t happened before,” he said. “Over the weekend engineers were able to get into the scene and fix the problem … I’ve been advised the structural integrity of the column in question has not been compromised.”

Amanda Farrell, Evergreen Line project executive director, said steel “braces” have been put in place to secure the damaged section of the rapid transit line.

“We would not be using these types of concrete spacers moving forward.”

She added there’s no danger of anything falling since a column pillar is supporting the weight.

“The design and construction of the guide way is the responsibility of the contractor and they’ll be paying whatever the cost is.”

The roads are expected to be closed again sometime soon for repositioning repairs.


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