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West extension of Ottawa LRT may be delayed one year

DCN-JOC News Services
West extension of Ottawa LRT may be delayed one year

OTTAWA — Ottawa City Council was informed Aug. 5 that the LRT extension project into the west end of the city could be delayed by up to a year.

Work on the east extension, however, remains on schedule for handover in two years.

“The city is working closely with East West Connectors to maintain the Confederation Line extension schedule,” said Michael Morgan, director of the Rail Construction Program for the city.

“The project is on the original timeline in the east for handover in May 2024 but there are significant schedule pressures on the western segment of up to a year. Potential impacts from labour strikes, supply issues and other events in 2022 are still under review.”

The Confederation Line West is one of the three major extensions to Ottawa’s LRT system. The extension will see LRT continue from Tunney’s Pasture to Moodie and Baseline Stations.

The launch of service for the extension has been planned for 2025 but it now appears commissioning could take place in 2026.

The Confederation Line West extension project will add 15 kilometres of rail and 11 new or converted rapid transit stations to the city’s overall LRT network.

The project also includes a light maintenance and storage facility, 10 new bridges, 14 rehabilitated bridges and two cut and cover tunnels.  

The construction consortium East-West Connectors is led by Kiewit and VINCI.

Asked for comment, the City of Ottawa issued a copy of Morgan’s report to city council.

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