Préfontaine

Work underway at Préfontaine station

Project summary

Work to make Préfontaine station accessible began in September 2019. In total, three elevators will be integrated into the station.


Duration of the work: September 2019 to fall 2021

Description of the work: Installation of elevators

Impact on métro service: No

Impact on bus service: Yes

Impact on customer trips

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Préfontaine station will remain open during the work.

Bike racks removed from the south entrance will be relocated to the north entrance.

Partitions will be installed on the platforms and in some areas in the station, however, they will not affect transit users.

Impact on local residents

Construction work likely to generate noise is normally scheduled between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In accordance with municipal by-laws and to keep the construction on schedule, some work may continue over weekends. Also, some work must absolutely be done outside of métro service hours and may be carried out at night.

Excavation in the rock bed generally requires micro-blasting. While this is the preferred method, some parts of the excavation will require rock breaking, performed with mechanical equipment.

The required excavation work will generate vibrations that could be felt by residents near the worksite. We have hired an independent consulting firm to survey (mainly photograph) all buildings around the worksite. These inspections will serve to document the condition of the buildings before and after construction.

In the unlikely event that damage is reported, an expert opinion could help determine whether the damage is the result of the vibrations produced by the worksite. Property owners affected by this measure will be notified accordingly.

There are seven trees located in the exact area where we need to excavate the ground to expand the station and install elevators. These trees will have to be cut down.

When the work is finished, we will restore the park to its original state and plant trees to replace the ones that we had to cut down.

Learn more about the project

Integrating elevators into a métro station requires a number of steps. Given Préfontaine station’s architecture, we will have to extend the mezzanine above the platforms, expand the entrance building and construct and outfit new mechanical rooms, which will involve ground excavation and concrete work.

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The Accessibility program is made possible thanks to additional funding announced by the federal and provincial governments for the purpose of speeding up universal accessibility work and making 41 métro stations accessible by 2025.

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