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Langley business wins Evergreen contract

The last of the early works contracts for the Evergreen Line has been awarded to Langley-based Pedre Contractors Ltd. to install underground power lines in Coquitlam.

The last of the early works contracts for the Evergreen Line has been awarded to Langley-based Pedre Contractors Ltd. to install underground power lines in Coquitlam.

It's the second early works contract for Pedre, which installed power lines in Port Moody and Coquitlam in August. The latest contract is valued at $683,000.

B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mary Polak said in a press release work on the Evergreen Line was making steady progress, with a commitment to have the 11-km line operational by summer 2016.

Early works projects, such as widening of North Road, relocating transmission lines and relocating the railway tracks in Port Moody, started early this year and are now 75% complete.

The northern section of North Road is complete and the remainder will be finished in January. Underground power lines and hydro poles are being installed along the Evergreen Line route to prepare for major construction and operation of the line; that work will be finished by next June.

As well, 400 m of railway tracks on Columbia Street in Port Moody must be shifted north to accommodate the ground-level portion of the guideway, work that will be done early next year.

Also slated to be wrapped up early next year is work on 28 buildings in Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam that are being demolished, moved or renovated to accommodate the guideway and stations.

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