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Shortages have Ottawa’s LRT project 18 months behind schedule

November 2, 2022  By CBC News

The western extension of Ottawa’s light rail system is running a year-and-a-half behind schedule because of labour and cement shortages and is now expected to be delivered to the City of Ottawa in late 2026, a city committee heard Tuesday.

Residents have been watching future rail lines take shape all over Ottawa, as two contractors build onto the existing LRT to the south, east and west. With 44 kilometres of track, 24 new stations, and a total project cost of more than $4.6 billion, the Stage 2 rail project is the most expensive in the city’s history.

The western leg was always due to open last, with an original date in 2025. It involves building 11 stations from the existing Tunney’s Station west to Moodie and to Algonquin College, with a 2.8-kilometre cut-and-cover tunnel near the Ottawa River and along Byron Avenue.

(CBC News)


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