Completion of Broadway subway delayed to 2026 due to summer concrete strike: ministry


The planned completion date for Vancouver’s Broadway subway has been pushed back to early 2026, the Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

The ministry blamed the delay on a five-week concrete strike in June, which it said affected the start of tunnel drilling.

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“As a result, the overall project completion schedule has been moved from late 2025 to early 2026,” he said in a progress bulletin.

“A specific update on the project schedule will be provided in the spring of 2023 when station excavation and tunnel drilling are more advanced. The project is on budget.


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The update comes as the ministry announced the second of two massive million-kilogram tunnel boring machines, which will dig the metro’s five-kilometre tunnel.

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The first machine, which was launched on October 7, has made “significant progress” and is about to make its first breakthrough at Mount Pleasant station on Main Street and Broadway, the ministry said.

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Crews have also installed more than half of the columns that will support a SkyTrain guideway between the existing VCC-Clark station and the future Great Northern Way-Emily Carr station.

The finished project will be a 5.7 kilometer extension of the Millennium Line from its current terminus at VCC-Clark Station to Arbutus Station, with an expected cost of at least $2.8 billion.

A future expansion of Arbutus Street at UBC is supported by the City of Vancouver, UBC and the Mayor’s Council of TransLink, but has not secured funding.

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