EllisDon wins CCPPP silver award for Infrastructure for GO Rail expansion


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EllisDon’s GO Rail Expansion – Highway 401 Rail Tunnels project has been selected as the winner of the silver award for infrastructure at the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) 2021 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships.

EllisDon and STRABAG, achieved substantial completion on the Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnel project in northwest Toronto in August. The project was launched in 2019

The CCPPP Awards are presented annually to showcase excellence and innovation in public-private partnerships, project financing, service delivery, infrastructure investment and the generation of economic benefit, which result in enhanced quality of public services and facilities.

A pre-recorded awards presentation will take place Nov. 17, during the CCPPP virtual conference.

EllisDon’s GO Rail project included construction of twin tunnels, with one rail line each, under the interchange of Highway 401 and 409 and was selected for the silver Award for its many innovative approaches to address construction challenges.

EllisDon says the project team brought in new boring technology, utilized a sequential excavation method for traffic management to ensure all lanes of the highway remained operational, and a complex network of monitors that covered the surface of the highway as well as the existing tunnels and the surrounding earth.

Three awards are presented annually to public institutions/governments and their private sector partners for outstanding achievement in Canadian public-private partnerships (PPP) and may be announced in the following key areas:

  • Project Development
  • Project Financing
  • Service Delivery
  • Infrastructure


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