Construction Update

Foundation construction progresses at Bayview Station as crews continue to install grade beams this week. Along the guideway, the traction power sub station west of Lees, the seventh of the nine required to power the Confederation Line, is being installed at the end of the week. Work on interior finishes also occurs at the bus operators’ buildings at Hurdman and Blair stations.

Tunney's Pasture Station - Pose de boulons d'ancrage à la station Tunney's Pasture

West Stations

Tunney’s Pasture Station: Station construction ramps up and includes work on stairs, footings and walls, as well as drilling of rock anchors.

Bayview Station: This week, underground mechanical and electrical work continues at the station. Crews also install grade beams, backfill and work on the ancillary building’s foundation.

Pimisi Station: Crews continue concrete work, including rebar installation, in anticipation of concrete pours for the platform track slab by end of the month. Other station activities include stripping slabs and working on elevator pits.

Ongoing architectural work-Lyon Station cavern- Travaux d'architecture dans l'espace souterrain de la station Lyon

Central Stations

Lyon Station cavern: Crews continue pouring concrete for the concourse walls and architectural work advances in the station. Work includes masonry installation, reinforcing and curbs. In the west transition, rebar and conduits are installed as part of initial work for the track slab and final shotcrete lining installation also occur.

Lyon Station west entrance: Entrance construction is ongoing and includes forming the roof of the adit and pouring walls along the lower level stairs. Crews install the winter enclosure at the station’s east vent shaft and continue wire saw cutting for an anticipated breakthrough to the tunnel.

Lyon Station east entrance: Crews form and pour concrete for the ground floor knee walls* and begin forming the lower escalator slabs. Mechanical rough-ins also occur. At the HVAC shaft, crews continue wire saw cutting for an anticipated breakthrough to the tunnel.

Parliament Station cavern: Work on station decks and columns is ongoing and includes the installation of rebar, followed by concrete pours. Final arch concrete lining pours also begin in sections inside the cavern, and in the running tunnel, crews build starter walls and pour mud slabs.

Parliament Station west entrance: Activities at the integrated entrance will resume in the next weeks with architectural work for the parapets. At the east vent shaft, hand chipping and excavation are ongoing for the next weeks.

Concrete pours_walls+arch work-Rideau Station - Construction des murs et de l'arche de l'espace souterrain de la station Rideau

Rideau Station cavern: The station continues to take shape with arch waterproofing and rebar installation followed by concrete arch final lining pours. Work on bulkheads and concrete pours for the station walls also occur this week.

Rideau Station west entrance: Construction continues 24/7 in this area with excavation and shotcrete work in phases. The removal of the existing shoring, waterproofing and the installation of rebar for the raft slab also take place. Rock excavation is ongoing at the HVAC shaft.

Rideau Station east entrance: Waterproofing, the installation of rebar on exterior walls and concrete work for slabs, stairs and escalator pits are ongoing for the next weeks as part of this phase of entrance construction.

Rideau Street is now open to bus traffic and taxis.

uOttawa Station: Station construction progresses and includes installation of masonry at one end of the station, while crews excavate at the other end of the station to continue the next phase of foundation work. Work also occurs on station walls and slabs.

East Portal: Crews continue waterproofing, installing rebar and formwork, and pouring mud slabs in sections along the ramp during the daytime and overnight. Conduits are installed and ramp reinforcements and insulation work also occur.

Concrete_stair work Hurdman Station - Coulées de béton pour les escaliers de la station Hurdman

East Stations

Lees Station: This week, crews begin installing duct banks and continue micro-piling, as well as rebar and formwork, as part of station foundation work.

Hurdman Station: Construction includes falsework for the station’s suspended slab, roofing, the installation of the next phase of structural steel, rebar and concrete pours for the station stairs. In addition, crews continue electrical work and waterproofing at the ancillary buildings. Finishing work is ongoing at the bus operators’ building with tile and ceiling work occurring inside and porcelain panel installation taking place outside.

Tremblay Station: Station progress continues with work on the roof, framing of the soffit, flooring, painting, the installation of cable trays in secondary rooms, as well as work on walls and elevators.

Ongoing panel installation at Blair Station - L'installation de panneaux se poursuit à la station Blair

St-Laurent Station: Crews continue working on the station’s head house, elevators and plenum, in addition to painting and pouring concrete for the mezzanine.

Cyrville Station: The station continues to take shape; this week, crews install porcelain and composite panels as well as frame ceilings and work on the finishes for the auxiliary building.

Blair Station: The installation of composite and porcelain panels and ongoing systems wiring take place at the station. At the bus operators’ building, rough-ins and interior finishes such as tile installation are ongoing.

Progress of work in the running tunnel-west of Rideau Station - Progression des travaux dans le tunnel ferroviaire à l'ouest de la station Rideau

Tunnel Excavation and Support

Tunnel reinforcements and mining are ongoing in the last remaining section of running tunnel west of Rideau Station.


Tunnel breakthrough occurs = - Les tunnels sont raccordés

Tunnel breakthrough
A small punch-through occurred on December 28th, meaning the western portion of the tunnel has now met the eastern portion. There is now a contiguous 2.5-km tunnel. This picture shows the opening as it was completed this week. Complete tunnel excavation is on track for the end of February 2017.

Crossover tracks installation-guideway near Tunney's Pasture Station - Les ouvriers creusent en vue de l'installation de jonctions de rails sur la voie de guidage à l'est de la station Tunney's Pasture


Tunney’s Pasture Station to West Portal: Work on the guideway includes the removal of the parapets along Bayview Bridge and drilling for the crossover tracks in phases.

Mann Avenue Bridge to Blair Station: At the end of the week, crews deliver and install the traction power sub station on the guideway west of Lees Avenue. Teams also continue testing vehicles on tracks between Cyrville and Blair stations and at the Belfast Yard connector.

Upcoming Construction Activities

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

  • Pimisi Station structural steel installation.
  • Lyon Station west vent shaft work resumes.
  • Beginning of trackwork in the west running tunnel.
  • Ongoing overnight work at the Rideau Station west and east entrances, and at the East Portal.
  • Structural steel installation at uOttawa Station requiring overnight lane restrictions.
  • Overnight bracket installation at the Mann Avenue bridge requiring lane restrictions.
  • Ongoing Mann Avenue bridge reconstruction work through end of 2017.
  • Structural steel installation at Lees Station.
  • Fencing installation on guideway just west of Tremblay Station.
  • Overhead Catenary System energized in phases for ongoing vehicle testing from Belfast Yard and Blair Station.