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5 North American Road and Infrastructure Megaprojects That Promise a Better Future

1. Calgary Line LRT

 

Location – Alberta, Canada 

Budget – $4,500,000,000+ 

Completion Date – 2026 

The Green Line is a proposed light rail transit (LRT) line in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, that will connect north-central and south-eastern Calgary. When finished this would be known as Route 203 and would become the third line in the CTrain system, connecting with the existing Red Line and Blue Line in Downtown Calgary. The Green Line is Calgary’s largest public infrastructure project. It will be Calgary’s first rail line to employ low-floor trains. 

The Green Line will be an urban and suburban light-rail line that will be linked to Calgary’s CTrain system. The Green Line, like the rest of Calgary’s rail transportation network, will be powered by wind energy. The railway line’s operation will be publicly funded by municipal taxation and user charges and will be managed by Calgary Transit. Because of the usage of low-floor trains, stations will be smaller and less elaborate than present CTrain stations. The southeast section of the line will be built in the same manner as the existing Red Line and Blue Line, with dedicated tracks, bells, and gates at at-grade crossings, and free-standing stations. 

The megaproject is likely to have far-reaching consequences for hundreds of thousands of Calgary residents’ mobility, economics, and quality of life. The Green Line will be powered entirely by wind energy, lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 67,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, the equivalent of 14,200 fewer vehicles on Calgary’s roads. This saves 22 million liters of gasoline and diesel fuel every year and reduces smog by 2% in the city. 

The railway network will help Calgary’s economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic by creating 20,000 employments during construction and linking 200,000 employers within walking distance of the route. When completed, the Green Line is planned to carry 140,000 passengers each day. The first stage of development will have a daily ridership of 65,000 passengers. 

2. Line 5 Eglinton (Eglinton Crosstown) 

Line 5 Eglinton (Eglinton Crosstown)

Location – Toronto, Canada  

Budget – $9,100,000,000 

Completion Date – 2023 

Line 5 Eglinton often known as the Eglinton Crosstown or the Crosstown, is a light rail line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that is currently under development. The line, which is owned by Metrolinx and operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), will be the fifth route of the Toronto subway system. 

Line 5 Eglinton will run underground about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Mount Dennis to just east of Brentcliffe Road before rising to the surface and continuing for another 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) to Kennedy station. [105] Between Mount Dennis and Keelesdale stations, a brief section of the line across the Black Creek valley will be lifted. The track will be 46.6 kilometers (29.0 miles) long, including six double crossovers, five mono-directional crossovers, and three pocket tracks. 

As part of the Crosstown project, eight artworks will be displayed at six stations along Line 5 Eglinton – Mount Dennis, Caledonia, Cedarvale (Eglinton West), Eglinton, Science Centre, and Kennedy. These stations were chosen because they are all interchange stations that are likely to see increased passenger traffic. 

3. Line 5 Eglinton (Eglinton Crosstown) 

Felipe Ángeles International Airport

Location – Zumpango, Mexico 

Budget – $13,300,000,000 

Completion Date – 2024 

Felipe Ángeles International Airport ( Aeropuerto Internacional Felipe Ángeles, AIFA) is the second airport serving the Mexico City metropolitan region and was opened on March 21, 2022. It is located near Zumpango, State of Mexico, 48.8 kilometers (30 miles) by automobile north-northeast of Mexico City’s historic core. In early 2021, the airport was renamed Felipe Ángeles Airport after a general in the Mexican Revolution. 

To reduce congestion at Mexico City International Airport, the airport will focus on low-cost & cargo carriers. The airport is designed by Mexican architect Francisco González Pulido and military officer Gustavo Vallejo. Groupe ADP is in charge of the master plan, and Airbus subsidiary NAVBLUE conducted the airspace navigability studies. The Valley of Mexico will be the first in the country to use a performance-based navigation system (PBN), allowing the Felipe Ángeles International Airport, Mexico City International Airport, and Toluca International Airport to operate concurrently without interfering with the operations of the others. 

The airport is operated by the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), which also receives all airport revenues. 

On March 21, 2022, the airport’s first terminal and two runways were formally inaugurated. On March 21, the maiden commercial passenger aircraft, VivaAerob flight 3280, took off from Guadalajara and landed at AIFA. The Megaproject is expected to be completed by 2024 

4. California High-Speed Rail (Central Valley Phase) 

California High-Speed Rail (Central Valley Phase)

Location – California, USA 

Budget – $13,100,000,000 

Completion Date – 2033 

The California high-speed rail project, which, once completed, will be the country’s first long-distance high-speed rail line, currently has 35 active construction sites spread across a 119-mile stretch of the Central Valley. The system is expected to run from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours, according to the State of California’s High-Speed Rail Authority, using bullet trains that can travel up to 200 miles per hour. The system’s reach would be extended over 800 miles with up to 24 stations if extensions to Sacramento and San Diego are built. The cost of the Central Valley section is currently estimated to be $13.1 billion. According to the rail authority’s 2020 business plan, the first section will run between Merced, California, and Bakersfield, California, with service expected to begin in December 2028. 

Three design-build contracts are distributed to different companies for different phases and sites. 

  • Construction Package 1 is led by Tutor-Perini/Zachry/Parsons and covers 32 miles of construction. 
  • Dragados/Flatiron is leading Construction Package 2-3, which covers 65 miles of construction. 
  • Construction Package 4 which covers 22 miles of construction, spearheaded by California Rail Builders, a joint venture of Ferrovial-Agroman West, LLC and Griffith Company 

The rail services are expected to be operational between San Francisco and Los Angeles by December 2033. 

5. Gordie Howe International Bridge 

Gordie Howe International Bridge

Location – Detroit, Michigan-Windsor, Ontario 

Budget – $5,700,000,000 

Completion Date – 2024 

The Gordie Howe International Bridge concept was suggested for the first time in 2004. Construction began in 2018 and is projected to be finished in 2024. The Ambassador Bridge, the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, and the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel currently handle the busiest crossing between the United States and Canada. These crossings will benefit from the addition of capacity provided by the Gordie Howe Bridge. 

Erik Behrens, AECOM’s chief bridge architect, designed the bridge. It will have two “A”-shaped skyscrapers built on the Detroit River’s banks, six lanes of automotive traffic, and a bicycle and walking route. It will be 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) long. At 853 meters, it will feature the longest main span of any cable-stayed bridge in North America (2,799 ft). 

With border traffic estimated to increase from 18,500 cars per day in 2016 to 26,500 by 2025, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will ensure a smooth movement of people and products between the two countries. 

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