WATERLOO LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT
The Region of Waterloo rapid transit system will connect the three major urban centres of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. Rapid transit, along with the Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy, will shape the community by encouraging re-urbanization in existing urban areas.
Amico’s scope of services as the civil subcontractor consisted of service replacement/relocation and road reconstruction in advance of track bed construction. Amico also self-performed much of the ‘wet services replacement’ portion of the project, and had as many as 48 labourers and operators, with approximately 20 pieces of company-owned equipment, on-site daily in the delivery of the project. Amico’s involvement grew to include design development and the implementation of safety standards utilizing COR principles, that were ultimately required of all subcontractors involved in the project.
Construction was temporarily halted in uptown Waterloo during the spring of 2016 after a section of 100-year-old “corduroy road” was discovered under King Street within Amico’s scope of work. In keeping with requirements of the Ontario Heritage Act, work was immediately stopped, and the appropriate authorities were informed. Archeologists worked for two months to uncover and document the findings. Work was re-sequenced and exemptions for noise bylaw restrictions were requested to allow for longer working hours to compensate for time loss. Despite these impacts, the Amico Construction Team was able to maintain the original construction schedule.