The ministry attributed the delay to a five-week concrete strike in June, which it said affected the start of tunnel boring.
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“As a result, the overall timeline for project completion has been moved from late 2025 to early 2026,” the progress bulletin said.
“A precise update on the project timeline will be provided in spring 2023 when further station excavation and tunnel boring progress. The project remains within budget.”
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The update comes as the ministry unveils the second of two gigantic 1-million-kilogram tunnel-boring machines that will cut five kilometers of tunnels in the subway.
The first machine, which went on sale on Oct. 7, has made “great progress” and is nearing its first breakthrough at Main Street and Broadway’s Mount Pleasant station, the ministry said.
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The crew also installed more than half of the pillars supporting the Skytrain guideway between the existing VCC Clark station and the future Great Northern Way Emily Carr station.
The completed project, a 5.7-kilometer extension from the Millennium Line’s current terminus at VCC Clark Station to Arbutus Station, is expected to cost at least $2.8 billion.
Future expansion from Arbutus Street to UBC is supported by the City of Vancouver, UBC, and the TransLink Mayors’ Council, but funding has not been secured.
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