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CN NORTH AMERICA: TUNNEL ENGINEERING FIRMS SELECTED

 CN NORTH AMERICA: TUNNEL ENGINEERING FIRMS SELECTED
 MONTREAL, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- A Canadian and British team of


engineers with global experience has been selected to handle the detailed design and to assist with construction management for CN North America's new international railway tunnel at Sarnia-Port Huron.
 Duncan MacLennan, chief of construction for the $155 million project, said the firms chosen are Hatch Associates Ltd., of Mississauga, Ontario, and Mott MacDonald, based in Croydon, England. They have worked together on tunnelling projects around the world for more than 35 years, in England, Denmark, Egypt, Australia, the United States, and in Canada on projects in Toronto, Sarnia and Vancouver.
 As well, seven international construction consortia have been qualified to participate in finalizing the design of the tunnel boring machine to be built by Lovat Tunnel Equipment of Etobicoke, Ontario. This approach will help expedite the overall project, said MacLennan.
 The consortia include 16 contractors who will bid the work, some in joint venture or partnership arrangements. Seven Canadian companies, six American firms and one French, one German and one Japanese company are participating. A final selection will be made this fall, said MacLennan.
 The 6,000-foot tunnel will replace a 100-year-old smaller tunnel and existing barge service across the St. Clair River between Ontario and Michigan. The new tunnel, to be completed in the fall of 1994, will have an overall dimension of 31 feet and be large enough to handle all types of rail traffic, including double-stack container trains and multi-level autocarriers.
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 /CONTACT: Roger Cameron, 514-399-6630, for CN North America/ CO: CN North America ST: Quebec IN: TRN SU:


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