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Vancouver says Broadway Subway completion delayed to 2026

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The first phase of the Broadway subway project was delayed to early 2026 due to a strike last June, according to the City of Vancouver.

“The five-week strike in June 2022 affected concrete supplies in the Lower Mainland and impacted the start of tunnel boring,” the city said in a news release on Thursday.

“The overall timeline for project completion has been moved from late 2025 to early 2026,” reads the statement.

A 5.7-kilometer extension of the Millennium Skytrain line will eventually connect the False Creek flats with Mount Pleasant, Fairview/South Granville, and the Kitsilano neighborhoods.

Workers watch the opening of the first of two tunnel boring machines that will carve out Vancouver’s new Broadway subway line. (British Columbia)

The concrete strike began on May 20 and involved about 160 workers at six concrete plants in the Lower Mainland operated by Rempel Bros. Concrete.

Some of these employees, represented by both Teamster and the International Union of Operating Engineers, work at six other concrete facilities operated by Ocean Concrete and Allied Ready Mix, and colleagues at those plants are also on strike. refused to work for

In total, about 300 employees have lost their jobs and more than 50% of construction projects in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley have been effectively halted until an agreement is reached on June 24.

The Broadway Underground Project is set to connect the VCC Clark station near Clark Street and the Great Northern Way to future Broadway and Arbutus stations, improving access to public transportation and providing a route along the Broadway Corridor. It is described as a way to alleviate congestion.

The city says the corridor is BC’s second largest employment center, a new hub for innovation and research, and home to a rapidly growing residential community.

The city says the new metro will reduce the travel time from VCC-Clark to Arbutus station to 11 minutes, saving the average commuter about 30 minutes a day.

The city has said it will have a more precise update on the project timeline in spring 2023, when more drilling and tunnel boring is underway.

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