February 22, 2007
Media Release

Motoclara Tunnel Boring Machine set to go underground

 
Richmond Hill elementary school wins naming rights contest
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York has combined engineering excellence with education by offering the naming rights to its new tunnel boring machine to Redstone Public School in the Town of Richmond Hill. 
Project team members met with the Grade 3 classes to explain the significance of the York Durham Sewage System (YDSS) Interceptor Trunk Sewer Project and its approach to protecting the environment of the Oak Ridges Moraine.  Students were then offered the opportunity to name the 120-metric tonne tunnelling equipment, with student Arman Azad's "Motorclara" selected as the winning entry.
"York Region determined the best people to provide the name for our new machine would be our students," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "Students have learned why this project is significant and about the technology being used to safeguard the environment."
The YDSS project team will be utilizing two state-of-the-art Earth Pressure Balance Tunnelling Machines (EPBTM) on the 19th Avenue portion of the Interceptor Trunk Sewer Project.  The second EPBTM, "Envira" was named by Chris Johnson, a graphic artist.
"The Interceptor is a critical infrastructure project for Richmond Hill," said Town of Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow.  "The Region works hard to keep our community informed and up to date on this project and participation with our local schools is very worthwhile." 
Motorclara, built by LOVAT for McNally/Aecon Joint Venture, was commissioned at LOVAT's facility in Mississauga.  En route to the construction compound, Motorclara made a stop at Redstone Public School to allow the Richmond Hill students a first-hand glimpse of their tunnel machine.
"This was a fun project for the students," said Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, Chair of the Region's Transportation and Works Committee.  "We received some really good suggestions from the kids, and it's obvious they put a lot of thought into their submissions.  The Region congratulates all of them for their efforts."
The YDSS Interceptor Trunk Sewer runs along 19th Avenue from Yonge Street to Leslie Street, and south on Leslie Street to the existing connection at Elgin Mills.  It comprises four kilometres of sewer constructed using Earth Pressure Balance Tunnel Machines and sealed shaft methods, which together virtually eliminates the need for dewatering.  The remaining 1.6 kilometres down Leslie Street has been constructed using conventional open cut construction.  Completion of the tunnelled section of the YDSS Interceptor is expected early in 2008.
 

Project information can be viewed on the project Web site (http://ydss.cenet.ca) or visit www.york.ca and follow the link on the main page titled "York Durham Sewage System Information."
 
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Media Contact: Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444 ext. 1237 or cell (905) 505-5775
 Email: barbara.moss@york.ca

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