The first phase will involve the construction of a traffic apron which is a temporary road surface made of steel plates supported by vertical columns below. The deck will provide a flat surface to allow traffic to flow while crews work on deep underground excavations. The installation of the terrace will last until early 2022, according to the ministry. The sites of six new stations on the Millennium Line extension from VCC-Clark station to Broadway and Arbutus have been cleared in recent months for construction.
Later in the year, work will begin on the tunnel portals that will allow transit users to access the underground sections of the stations.
“This project will help reduce traffic congestion, travel times and air pollution, while keeping pace with the city’s growing population,” said Minister of Infrastructure Catherine McKenna.
Once built, the Broadway subway will allow residents to travel from VCC-Clark station to Arbutus station in 11 minutes – saving transit users almost 30 minutes per day.
Each station will also feature original artwork and prominent Indigenous artwork is planned for three stations.
“The grand opening of the Broadway subway is an important milestone,” said Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “As the second largest employment center in Metro Vancouver, the Broadway Corridor helps generate $ 14 billion in gross domestic product that will fuel our economy for decades to come.
The Broadway subway project will cost a total of $ 2.83 billion, with financial support from the federal and provincial governments and the city of Vancouver, the statement said.
“This is an exciting milestone for a critical infrastructure project that will transform the way people travel in and around the Broadway corridor and create well-paying jobs to support BC’s economic recovery.” said British Columbia Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Rob Fleming.
The project is also under construction as part of the Community Benefits Agreement which will give Indigenous peoples, women and other under-represented groups a chance for a career in construction.