Broadway Subway and Pattullo Bridge Replacement Delayed Again

The Broadway subway won’t be completed until late 2027, while the new Pattullo Bridge isn’t expected to be ready until late 2025.

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Two major Metro Vancouver infrastructure projects face further delays, with completion dates for both the Broadway subway project and the Pattullo Bridge replacement project a year behind schedule.

The Broadway Subway project, an extension of SkyTrain’s Millennium Line to Vancouver’s west side along the congested Broadway corridor, will not be completed until late 2027. The new Pattullo Bridge, which will replace the aging bridge between New Westminster and Surrey, will not be completed until the end of 2025.

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But the delays are not expected to affect project prices of $2.83 billion for the Broadway Subway project and $1.38 billion for the new Pattullo Bridge, at least not yet.

“With these delays in schedules, there are budget pressures,” the Ministry of Transportation said. “We are managing within the current budget and contingencies and will provide an update as necessary.”

The provincial government issued a news release Friday about the “important milestones” achieved by both projects, despite pandemic-related delays and other challenges.

Construction of the Broadway subway began in September 2020, with an initial completion date in 2025. But a five-week strike by concrete suppliers in June 2022 that delayed construction of a launch pad for the project’s tunnel boring machines the end date. 2026.

In addition, there have been delays in the relocation of major utilities, the installation of traffic platforms, the construction of tunnels and the excavation of stations, the ministry said.

“Despite having made significant progress so far, the new line is expected to enter service in the fall of 2027,” it said in a statement.

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The replacement of the Pattullo Bridge, which began in February 2020 at the start of the pandemic, was also affected by inflation and global supply issues, the ministry said. Construction of the bridge tower also took longer than expected.

The new four-lane bridge was originally scheduled to open in 2023, but was delayed to 2024. On Friday, the ministry said the bridge’s new completion date will be fall 2025.

“On projects of this size, delays have the potential to impact other construction activities,” he said. “While mitigation efforts were made to recover both project schedules, it was not always possible.”

According to a March report on the Broadway Subway situation, the project was already behind schedule as a result of delays in tunnel boring and station construction, but is still expected to come in on budget, with total spending up to date of approximately 1.49 billion dollars.

The ministry highlighted the milestones achieved by both projects, with Transport Minister Rob Fleming saying that despite “significant global challenges”, both projects have made “tremendous progress”.

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The Broadway subway project has completed tunnel boring operations, which he described as “the most technically complex and challenging part” of construction.

Excavation of the tunnels began in October 2022 with two giant 1,000 tonne drills, Elsie and Phyllis, gradually excavating from the future Great Northern Way-Emily Carr station to the future Arbutus Street station.

When completed, the 3.5-mile extension will have six new stations and will take passengers from the Millennium Line’s current terminus at the VCC-Clark station to a new station at Arbutus Street and Broadway in 11 minutes.

The Pattullo Bridge replacement project also completed construction of the new bridge’s main tower, the tallest tower in British Columbia. When completed, the $1.4 billion project will offer wider lanes separated by a center median and dedicated walking and biking lanes.

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