VANCOUVER — Work on Vancouver’s long-awaited Broadway Subway Project to ease traffic in one of the country’s busiest traffic corridors has started.
Crews are now clearing sites to make way for construction work on the $2.83 billion transit project.
“The Broadway Subway Project will introduce a new transportation option along one of Vancouver’s busiest corridors, helping reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, while keeping pace with the city’s growing ridership,” stated Catherine McKenna, federal minister of infrastructure and communities, in a statement.
The clearing work includes demolition to make space for six new station entrances, and laydown areas for storage and staging. The province noted this will also minimize disruption to Broadway Street and other major downtown routes.
The first buildings scheduled for removal are on the 100 block of East Broadway and 2500 block of Main Street for the future Mount Pleasant Station. All demolition work is expected to be completed by the end of April in preparation for the start of station work.
The project’s design-build contractor, Broadway Subway Project Corporation, had crews onsite in the fall to survey buildings and remove dangerous materials. Other preliminary work being conducted includes relocating utilities and completing geotechnical investigations. The project team is also working to finish designs for the new stations, which will be unveiled at a public open house in the spring.
Some major construction work will start this spring, including the tunnel portal and elevated guideway near Great Northern Way. The actual subway tunnelling will start next year. The province stated that more detailed information on construction methods and timing will be provided before this work begins.
The project is scheduled for completion in 2025.