Broadway Subway and Pattullo Bridge Replacement Delayed One Year

Completion dates for two of British Columbia’s largest public infrastructure projects have been pushed back.

In a news release Friday, British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation revealed that the Broadway subway and Pattullo Bridge replacement projects will be delayed by at least a year.

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“We’ve been building these two projects throughout COVID, figuring out what the pandemic meant, there are some delays related to that,” Transport Minister Rob Fleming said.

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“We’ve also had extreme economic disruption from the COVID recovery, new wars around the world…components for our bridges and tunnels coming from around the world have caused some delays.”

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The news came in an update that hailed “important milestones” amid “major global challenges” on both projects: the completion of the Pattullo Bridge tower and the construction of subway tunnels.

According to the Ministry, the replacement of Pattullo, which began in 2020, has been stalled by inflation and global supply issues related to specialized components. Completion of the bridge tower, the tallest in British Columbia, also “took longer than expected.”

The bridge is now scheduled to open in the fall of 2025. It was originally scheduled to be completed in 2023 and has already been delayed once.

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The subway project has also faced delays, including work to relocate major utilities and the installation of traffic platforms.

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Excavation of tunnels and stations, which have now been completed, also took longer than expected, in part due to a five-week concrete strike in 2022, the province said.

The subway line is now expected to enter service in the fall of 2027, a year behind schedule.

Fleming could not provide details on what the delays would mean for the project’s costs, saying, “we will have those updates as we receive them.”

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