Upcoming work at Berri-UQAM station

Watch our video on waterproofing systems to learn how we protect our métro stations from water infiltrations. 

Consult the accessibility page for more info on the external medias.

See Waterproofing system replacement on YouTube

Project summary

On June 6, 2022, we will begin a major exterior project that will include replacing the waterproofing system that protects the station’s underground roof and updating the underground infrastructure. While this work is being done, we will also start Universal Accessibility work installing elevators to the Yellow line platforms.

Duration of the work:

  • Preparatory work : May 24 to June 5, 2022
  • Phase 1: Spring 2022 – winter 2023
  • Phase 2: Currently in planning, scheduled to end in 2024-2025

Description of the work: Replacement of the waterproofing systeme covering the station’s underground roof, installation of two elevators on the Yellow line platforms, improvements to the fire protection system, upgrade of the natural ventilation systems, exterior renovation of the Saint-Catherine Street entrance building.

Métro impacts: The station will remain accessible at all times. Partitions will be installed inside the station.

Bus impacts: Some stops will be relocated during the work.

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Virtual information session

A public virtual information session took place on February 3, 2022. You can watch the recording of the webcast (in French only), view the presentation given that evening, and see a list of the questions asked and the answers provided during the session.

Station transformation


Impact on customer trips

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The station will remain accessible at all times.

Impact on bus service

Due to the closure of De Maisonneuve Boulevard East, stops for the following bus lines will be relocated:

  • 15 Sainte-Catherine West
  • 30 Saint-Denis/Saint-Hubert South
  • 361 Saint-Denis South
  • 427 Express Saint-Joseph West
  • 125 Ontario East
  • 715 Vieux-Montréal West
  • 747 YUL Montréal-Trudeau Airport

Starting May 20, 2022, Line 15 Sainte-Catherine West will be rerouted onto Ontario between Saint-Hubert and Clark. Stops 52792, 52761, 52698, 52650 and 52589, which are normally located on De Maisonneuve East, will be relocated to the north side of Ontario.

Relocated bus

Starting June 6, 2022, stop 52793, located at Berri and De Maisonneuve East, will be closed during the work. For bus lines 30 South, 361 South and 427 West, boarding will be at stop 52844 at the corner of Berri and Sainte-Catherine.

Relocated bus

As of May 24, 2022, stop 62060 will be cancelled. Boarding will be at stop 52630 at the corner of Ontario and Hôtel-de-Ville.

Relocated bus

Stop 61151 will be closed. Customers can board at Berri-UQAM station, at Sainte-Catherine and Berri (stop 52846) and on Saint-Hubert, at the corner of Sainte-Catherine.

Relocated bus

Stop 52844 will be relocated to Saint-Hubert and Sainte-Catherine (stop 62059).

Relocated bus

Impact on métro

  • The Sainte-Catherine entrance building will be closed from September 2022 to April 2023
  • Some existing finishes will be removed to allow for interventions
  • There will be worksite partitions on various levels of the station
  • Some staircases will be temporarily closed
  • There will be scaffolding above the Yellow line platforms and some staircases

Impact on pedestrians

When leaving the station:

  • Pedestrians will have access to the sidewalk on De Maisonneuve East, between Sanguinet and Saint-Denis.
  • Between Saint-Denis and Berri, north of De Maisonneuve, the sidewalk will be closed outside UQAM’s Pavillon Maisonneuve (B).
  • There will be a pedestrian path on the south sidewalk of De Maisonneuve, between Saint-Denis and Berri, as well as a temporary staircase to Berri.
  • During the work, Savoie will become a cul-de-sac ending at the worksite on De Maisonneuve. It will be open to local traffic only via Ontario.
  • Pedestrian access to buildings, businesses and restaurants will be maintained. Please follow all signage posted around the worksite.

Plan work zone

Impact on local residents

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Street closures between Berri and Saint-Hubert starting May 24, 2022

Preparatory work for the replacement of the waterproofing system at Berri-UQAM will start on
May 24, 2022. The work will take approximately two weeks and will involve setting up a connection to a City of Montréal water main.

Impact on customer trips: starting May 24, De Maisonneuve Boulevard East will have to be closed between Berri and Saint-Hubert due to the work.

  • The street will be closed to vehicle traffic. Detours will be set up. Please follow the temporary road signs posted in the area.
  • Neighbouring streets will remain open to traffic.
  • The bike path will remain open in both directions, with a minor detour.
  • Pedestrians will still have access to the north sidewalk on De Maisonneuve Boulevard. A section of the south sidewalk will be closed.

Despite our best efforts to limit the local impact, a water service interruption is possible. If this is the case, a notice will be distributed two days in advance.


Closure of De Maisonneuve Boulevard East

On June 6, we will begin work to replace the waterproofing system that covers the station’s underground roof. This will require us to dig into De Maisonneuve and Berri in order to reach the system. Since the station’s roof occupies the entire width of the boulevard, a full street closure will be necessary. The scope and complexity of the project will make it impossible to keep a lane open through the work zone.

The métro station will remain accessible at all times, as will businesses and points of interest in the area.

Impact on traffic

De Maisonneuve Boulevard East

  • Closed to traffic between Berri and Sanguinet.
  • Traffic will be redirected to René-Lévesque and Sherbrooke via Berri.

Savoie Avenue (alleyway)

  • During the work, Savoie will become a cul-de-sac ending at the worksite on De Maisonneuve East. It will be open to local traffic only via Ontario. The closure will be in effect from spring 2022 to May 2023.

Berri Street

  • There will be partial closures on Berri Street.

Sanguinet Street

  • The street will become two-way between Ontario and De Maisonneuve during the work

The map below shows recommended detours for drivers.

Vehicle detour

Bike path

The bike path on De Maisonneuve East will be rerouted onto Ontario, via Berri, during the work. There is a newly marked two-way bike bath connecting the detour to the rest of the route. Please see on-site signage for the recommended detour via reserved bike lanes.

We recommend that you read all posted signage and allow extra time for your trips.

Bike path detour

Planned worksite map

Map worksite and schedule

Phase 2 of the project is currently in planning. The work is expected to take place from 2024 to 2025. The schedule will be confirmed at a later date, and a public information session will be held to discuss other details.

Learn more about the project

Work outside the station:

  • Replacement of the waterproofing membrane covering the station’s underground roof
  • Addition of a new pumping station and two water connections to improve the fire protection system

Work inside the station:

  • Addition of two elevators on the Yellow line platforms
  • Refurbishment of the fire protection system
  • Replacement of the fire alarm system
  • Addition of a secondary distribution substation

Work on the entrance buildings:

  • Upgrades to the natural ventilation shafts
  • Replacement of the chillers and water towers
  • Refurbishment of the Saint-Catherine Street entrance building’s outer envelope
  • 31,269 square metres: surface area of the station, equivalent to five football fields
  • 600+ STM employees working inside the station
  • 28 escalators
  • 5 public elevators in operation, and 1 private
  • 625 steps (more than double the number of Saint-Joseph’s Oratory)
  • 6 levels with 2 others housing mechanical rooms
  • 6 platforms plus connecting tracks
  • 5 entrance buildings
  • 28 metres deep, from the Yellow line platform to an exit (only Charlevoix station is deeper)
  • 13 shops inside the station

The Berri-UQAM interior renovation was a large-scale project composed of many complex operations, all with the goal of providing an enhanced customer experience. The station is now more user-friendly and welcoming than ever.

This was one of our network’s largest worksites in the last decade, and it was quite a challenge to keep the station open while completing such major work. Each operation and each implementation strategy was planned so as to minimize the impact on customers and on métro operations. Completing this project required us to manage equipment and materials in the station’s limited space and in a particular environment.

  • Summer 2010 to fall 2011: We removed the wall finishes in most of the station's public areas and replaced them with temporary coverings until the permanent finishes could be installed.
  • Winter 2012 to summer 2012: We completed the removal of wall finishes and dismantled the decorative red columns that no longer met today's standards.
  • Early 2013: We refurbished the station's main electrical conduits, which led to the temporary shutdown of several escalators.
  • 2013: We renovated the Berri and Place Dupuis entrance buildings, replacing the structural slab, ceilings, lighting fixtures, floor coverings and granite stairs.
  • From fall 2013 to fall 2014: we replaced part of the waterproofing membrane under Berri Street. This work was essential to protect the inside of the station
  • 2015: We completed the refurbishment of the Yellow line area of the station, with refurbished wall finishes and floor coverings and improved lighting. We also worked on the tunnel ceiling and rebuilt the walkway over the tracks.
  • 2016: We refurbished the Saint-Denis entrance building, reconfigured a few corridors to the Orange and Green line platforms and refurbished the staircase between these two levels.
  • 2015 to 2017: We focused the station’s transformation on the Green and Orange lines. These areas of the station are now brighter, more welcoming and more user-friendly.
  • From 2017 to 2021: We completed the Green and Orange line renovations. The mezzanine was completely renovated and we modernized the shop fronts, all the wall coverings, and the lighting, among other things.The spaces between the mezzanine and the Green and Orange lines are now brighter, and the nearby turnstile area has been rearranged for better customer flow.Two elevators now connect the Orange line to the Green line.
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Did you know?

The refurbishment of the biggest métro station means:

  • 98,242 square feet of small round ceramic tiles installed
  • 4,700 lights changed
  • 2,649 ceiling tiles installed
  • 660 signage elements deployed
  • 3,000 linear feet of platform banners replaced

Due to the confined environment of the Yellow line, operations will be necessary outside of the current volume of the station.

In addition, the Yellow line platforms are located 28 metres below street level and installing elevators at that depth is a major technical challenge.

Since the Green and Yellow lines were not built directly on top of each other in the volume of the station, extending the newly installed Green line elevators down to the Yellow line was not possible.

The Berri-UQAM station will eventually have seven elevators allowing all customers to access its three métro lines.

Underground, the station is as wide as De Maisonneuve Boulevard West, between the Saint-Denis entrance building and the Place Dupuis entrance building. Under Berri Street, it begins 40 metres north of De Maisonneuve Boulevard and extends to Sainte-Catherine Street.

The scope and complexity of the work will make it impossible to keep a traffic lane open during certain stages of the work. Major work like this requires lots of space for moving machinery around. We will also have to deal with massive conduits (electrical power and others), which are particularly dense and complex and so, once again, we will need a lot of space to work around them.

We have been asked to replace the utilities located between the street and the station roof and in the excavation area. This includes water pipes, sewers and electrical duct banks. This means that this entire section of the street will be fully refurbished.

There are water pipes in the excavation area, so we may install a temporary water network. The outages would be short and only happen during the changeover. If this is the case, we will notify affected residents via the usual means of communication. If all goes according to plan, electrical networks should remain functional at all times.

Coordinating with the other worksites is very important to us. We have coordinated with the City of Montréal and the traffic plan was developed with all stakeholders in the area.

The waterproofing membrane protects the station from water infiltrations. It covers the station’s underground roof and is therefore located underground. The Berri-UQAM station’s membrane dates back to the station’s initial construction and has reached the end of its useful life.

Learn more about waterproofing membranes

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This work is made possible through funding from the Ministère des Transports du Québec.

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