Vancouver’s Broadway Subway delayed by concrete strike

A concrete strike earlier this year has delayed construction of the Broadway Subway, with completion of the line now pushed back a year.

The province says the five-week strike in June affected supply, in turn delaying the start to tunnel boring.

Completion of the project is now expected to be in early 2026, as opposed to late 2025.

“A precise update on the project timeline will be provided in the spring of 2023 when station excavation and tunnel boring are further advanced,” the B.C. government said in an update Thursday.

“The project remains within budget,” it added, noting progress has been made.

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The first tunnel-boring machine was launched on Oct. 7. The province says the second machine is “fully assembled and set to launch.”

Once tunnel boring is done, construction and “fit out” of the stations and tracks will begin.

The Broadway Subway, once complete, will extend the Millennium Line from VCC-Clark Station to the area of Broadway and Arbutus — the site of a new station.

The province says the trip from VCC-Clark to the future Arbutus Station will take commuters 11 minutes.

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