Montreal green lights $16.5M in contracts for Formula E

Montreal's executive committee has approved two contracts worth a total of $16.5 million to set up a track for the Formula E electric car racing circuit.

Race scheduled to take place in July 2017

Formula E features fully electric cars, which can reach speeds of up to 225 kilometers per hour. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)

Montreal's executive committee has approved two contracts worth a total of $16.5 million to set up a track for the Formula E electric car racing circuit.

The city will play host in July to the final two races of Formula E's 2016-17 season. 

The series, which features fully electric cars that can reach speeds up to 225 kilometers per hour, has only been around for three years.

The races will take place on city streets around the east-end of the city's Ville-Marie borough.

The Formula E course will wrap around Maison de Radio-Canada and run along stretches of René-Lévesque Boulevard, Papineau Avenue, Viger Avenue and Berri Street. (Formula E)

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Multimillion dollar contracts

The first contract, worth about $7.5 million, covers the procurement of metal and concrete barriers that will go around the track.

The contract went to public tenders and only two companies placed bids. The executive committee awarded the contract to Deric Construction Inc.

Deric now has until June to deliver 1,600 barriers, which will likely be stored in Montreal when not being used.

The summary of the contract notes that, because of the number of construction projects in and around Montreal, it may be difficult to produce all the barriers in time for the race.

The second contract approved, worth close to $9 million, is to pay for the setting up and taking down of the barriers.

The city received two bids after going to public tenders.Entreprise Techline Inc. was awarded the contract.

The contract covers a period of six years and includes races from 2017-19. The three remaining years are renewable.

Longterm commitment?

There's been no mention that the race will be returning beyond next year.

These are not the first big contracts handed out in anticipation of the Formula E races.

In August, Ville-Marie approved a $4.6 million contract for road work on streets that will be used as part of the race track.

The city has already earmarked millions for another, larger race circuit — Formula One.

The city pledged $32 million for the improvements as part of a multimilion-dollar deal reached two years ago to keep the race in Montreal until 2024.

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