Construction Update

This week on the Confederation Line, escalators are an over-arching theme, with the installation of the first escalators at Rideau Station east entrance concluding at the end of the week. At Hurdman Station, the second escalator installation is just beginning, and at Parliament Station west entrance escalators are being delivered. Meanwhile, Tunney’s Pasture Station shapes up with structural steel, falsework and stair forming.

Ongoing structural steel installation at Pimisi Station

West Stations

Tunney’s Pasture Station 
At the platform level, construction progresses with work on the walls and installation of plumbing and electrical duct banks. Structural steel and falsework continue to shape the concourse. Forming of station stairways continues.

Bayview Station 
Structural steel installation continues. The roofing and painting for the upper ancillary building is ongoing as well. Work progresses to ready the sewer and water main, as well as to prepare the duct bank.

Pimisi Station 
The structural steel is set to be completed in the coming weeks. The east concourse slab is poured and concrete work is nearing completion. Work on the elevator shaft is underway and installation of the roof parapets is concluding.

Progress of construction in the running tunnel looking east towards Lyon Station

Central Stations

Lyon Station cavern
Work continues with mechanical, electrical and architectural installations at the west and east end of the station. Crews build formwork for the remaining curbs and slabs at the platform and concourse level, and pour the topping slab in the service corridors.

Lyon Station west entrance
Work is ongoing with temporary landscaping around the perimeter of the station and site clean-up around the station’s exterior. Progress on the elevator shaft wall is made as well.

Lyon Station east entrance
Mechanical mezzanine waterproofing occurs this week. At the east TVS, the second concrete pour is underway with rebar installation, followed by formwork and concrete pours at the beginning of the week.

Construction advances at Parliament Station west entrance

Parliament Station cavern 
At the platform level, escalator concrete pours, staircase layouts and conduit installation takes place. At the concourse level, in addition to the activities above, crews begin building formwork for HVAC room curbs and prepare for elevator shaft steel installations.

Parliament Station west entrance
The west entrance breakthrough is on the horizon for Parliament Station as work nears completion. Meanwhile, escalator deliveries take place at the end of the week and excavation for the mid-entrance progresses with rock excavation, hoe-ramming, rock bolts and shotcrete.

Parliament Station east entrance 
Tunnel adit chipping continues into this week, along with stair rebar and upcoming forming. Rebar for the east wall continues, and building the platform for the west wall and waterproofing occur as well.

Rideau Station cavern
Rebar for the arch advances in a westward direction this week, along with the continuation of work on the south side structural walls, including rebar. Crews finish stripping the north side walls and mobilize to prepare for deck formwork installation.

Rideau Station west entrance
Crews continue installing scaffolding and continue waterproofing the arch. Work for the station’s elevators progresses and hydrovac activities inside the tunnel occur as well.

Rideau Station east entrance
Escalator installation prevails this week. Waterproofing the west wall, pouring curbs alongside the stairs and shoring removal along the station’s west side is ongoing. Finally, excavation of the adit advances with rock bolts and shotcrete.

Rebar installation at East Portal

East Portal
Ongoing activities at the East Portal include rebar and formwork for the slabs in the tunnel, mechanical and electrical work, and rebar, forming and pouring the u-trench west wall.

uOttawa Station
Ballast and track through the station has begun, as has installation of the curved plaza ramp. Structural slabs at the station will be completed shortly. The painting at the platform level is ongoing, as is the electrical room installation. Jersey barriers along Nicholas Street will be poured in the coming weeks.

Platform topping pour at Cyrville Station

East Stations

Lees Station
The duct bank work will be completed soon and roof installation progresses. Structural steel installation is ongoing and so is the ancillary building electrical and plumbing work. Crews are completing the floor in the communication and electrical rooms.

Hurdman Station
This week at the station, the second escalator is scheduled to be installed. The high roof parapet framing is ongoing, and windscreen post bases are being installed on concourse and platform levels. Composite panels on the two stairways are progressing.

Tremblay Station
Framing for the metal composite panels continues and is almost complete. The windscreen posts, elevators and mechanical and electrical rough-ins continue to be installed. Crews are also getting the second elevator up and running.

Progress of construction inside Blair Station concourse

St-Laurent Station
Platform level work is ongoing, including windscreens, electrical and sprinkler installations. Installation of porcelain panels is ongoing and slab pours are expected to commence in the coming days.

Cyrville Station
The pour for the platform topping is expected to take place this week. There is ongoing work to install the precast concrete and signband conduit. Installation of select light fixtures is continuing and fabrication of select porcelain panels is complete.

Blair Station
Sand blasting on the platform and upper concourse is taking place. Clear coating concrete will commence right after sand blasting. Glazing for the windscreen walls, around stair openings, bridge and the remaining glazing for the elevator shaft will be starting next week after floor protection is complete. Remaining railing posts to be installed soon.

Crews prepare to tamp ballast at Bayview Station

The work on the guideway continues with train testing now expanded almost to Tremblay Station. Trackwork activities occur from just east of uOttawa to Lees Station, with trackwork continuing in the tunnel as well. In the section of the guideway from uOttawa to Hurdman Station, tamping up to Rideau River nears completion. Drilling is nearly complete for the track plinths at Tunney’s Pasture Station and pull tests are ongoing at the diamond crossover.

Guideway ready for rail pulling between West Portal and Pimisi Station

Upcoming Construction Activities

In the coming weeks, the following construction activities are scheduled to occur:

  • Hoe ramming as part of work on the western section of the guideway.
  • Ongoing overnight work at the Rideau Station west and east entrances, and at the East Portal.
  • Installation of jersey barriers along Nicholas.
  • Form carrier at the West Portal to be transferred to East Portal to take place at night.
  • Next stage of work at uOttawa Station requiring overnight lane restrictions.
  • Final work on the pedestrian tunnel at uOttawa Station.
  • Hydro connection work to Hurdman Station requiring lane restriction on Riverside Drive.
  • Manhole work as part of guideway activities at intersection of Riverside Drive and Tremblay Road, requiring lane restrictions.
  • Systems installation along the guideway, including Overhead Catenary System poles and wires.
  • Watermain work on guideway at St-Laurent Station requiring overnight short-term closure of the St. Laurent Blvd. northbound on-ramp.
  • Skylight framing and glazing at Tremblay Station
  • MUP paving between Mann Avenue and Lees Station
  • Energization of OCS and train testing extension west to Tremblay Station