Ongoing work at D'Iberville station

Project summary

Work began to install elevators at D’Iberville station as part of a project to make it universally accessible. The station will also undergo major renovations on its main entrance building.

Duration of the work: October 19, 2020 to fall 2023

Description of the work:  Elevator installation, major renovations on main entrance building

Métro impacts: The main entrance building is closed for the entire duration of the work. The secondary entrance is opened.

Bus impacts: Some bus stops are closed and relocated.

Impact on customer trips

The entrance building at D’Iberville and Jean-Talon is closed since October 19, 2020 until the end of work, which is planned for fall 2023. In spring 2020, we rearranged the turnstiles and fare booth in the secondary entrance building so that it could accommodate additional customers.

Partitions are installed on the platforms and in some areas inside the station, but they will not affect customer trips.

Making your trips easier

A stop for the 93 Jean-Talon will be added at the corner of Jean-Talon and Des Écores to serve the entrance building that will remain open throughout the work.

Impact on local residents

Progress of the work - July 2022

Work is well underway, and the excavation of the elevator shafts was completed during the month of July. Now that this step is done, we can start work inside the elevator shafts, including the installation of reinforcement and the concrete work. This new step will generate less noise for residents near the worksite than the excavation.

We expect to finish work on D’Iberville Street in April 2023. Please note that once our work is over in this section, the City of Montréal will perform some infrastructure work. Information on this other construction site will eventually be available on the montreal.ca website (look for the Info-Travaux map). As for the work on Jean-Talon, it will be completed in August 2023.

Upcoming work

During the next phase consisting of concrete work in the elevator shafts, we will essentially be installing metal reinforcements to strengthen the structures and building forms so that we can pour the concrete that will line the shafts. 

This work will cause less noise than the excavation, and you will see concrete mixers present on site. The phase should end in the early months of 2023.

At the same time, we will continue the major renovations and expansion of the entrance building, which is necessary for the installation of one of the three elevators.

Work at D’Iberville station is now expected to be completed in the fall of 2023.

Key dates

  • July 2022: Excavation of elevator shafts completed
  • April 2023: STM work on D’Iberville Street completed, and start of work by the City of Montréal
  • August 2023: Work on Jean-Talon Street completed
  • Fall 2023: Work at D’Iberville station completed
The excavation work was completed in July 2022.

Could buildings near the worksite be damaged during the excavation work?

The required excavation work will generate vibrations that may be felt by residents near the worksite. We have hired an independent consulting firm to survey (mainly photograph) all buildings around the worksite and to monitor the vibrations generated by the work using special equipment. These inspections will document the condition of the buildings before and after construction. In the unlikely event that any damage is reported, an expert opinion could help to determine whether the damage is the result of the vibrations produced by the work site. Property owners affected by this measure have been notified accordingly.

Since November 25, 2020, D'Iberville Street has been completely closed at the level of the main entrance building, as well as on the south side of the intersection with Jean-Talon Street. This phase will last until April 2023, when our work on D'Iberville Street will be completed and the City of Montreal's work will begin.

Jean-Talon Street is partially obstructed. Westbound traffic is being diverted into one of the lanes on the east side of the roadway. We expect to complete the work on Jean-Talon Street around August 2023.

Key dates

  • Early summer 2022: Excavation of elevator shafts completed
  • April 2023: STM work on D’Iberville Street completed, and start of work by the City of Montréal
  • August 2023: Work on Jean-Talon Street completed
  • Fall 2023: Work at D’Iberville station completed

Why do we have to block the road?

The elevators will be installed inside the station. However, in order to install the ones that will connect the mezzanine level to each of the platforms, we have to dig into the métro tunnel, which is located underneath Jean-Talon Street. This is why two different worksites will be set up on either side of Jean-Talon.

Due to roadblocks, the 94 D’Iberville will detour onto Écores Street and Louis-Hébert Street. We recognize the impact that this will have on residents of these streets. Rest assured that we will do everything possible to minimize inconveniences to your daily life.

The work will be done in compliance with all municipal by-laws.


Work will take place mainly during the day, but some operations may need to be conducted at night while the métro is not in use, or on weekends.

In accordance with municipal by-laws, any construction work likely to generate noise will generally be scheduled between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

We are taking all measures necessary to remain within the noise limits set by municipal by-laws for all work taking place during the weekday, on the weekend and at night.

Anti-dust sheets will be installed on all the worksite partitions to limit dust dispersal.

Learn more about the project

  • Installation of three elevators and mechanical rooms for each of them
  • Expansion of the main entrance building
  • Demolition and reconstruction of the entrance building slab and refurbishment of the flooring
  • Construction of a new fare booth
  • Refurbishment of the main entrance building roof
  • Construction of a new natural ventilation shaft in the entrance building roof

D’Iberville station was created by architects Paul Brassard and Walter Warren, who had already designed Saint-Laurent station two decades earlier.

Both the station and the street get their name from Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d’Iberville (1661-1706), who founded Louisiana and is known as the hero of New France.

The worksite in images

Three separate excavation areas have been set up around the main entrance building, at the corner of Jean-Talon and D’Iberville. Each area corresponds to the location of one of the elevators. Wondering why we have to dig into the street, when the elevators will be located inside the station? Well, to install the two elevators that will connect the mezzanine level to each of the platforms, we have to dig into the métro tunnel, which is located underneath Jean-Talon Street

In the two sites that connect to the platforms, we have to dig to a depth of about 16 metres underground. Before hitting the bedrock layer, we have to install retaining walls to keep the soil from collapsing in. We then use mechanical equipment to fracture the bedrock.

The metal structure can support over 30 tonnes of weight! During the excavation, it holds all the duct banks (conduits for electricity and telecommunications lines) that are normally buried underground. These conduits are placed in wooden cases and strapped securely to the metal structure. This keeps them out of the way while we dig.

The interior of the main entrance building is unrecognizable! There’s plenty of work to be done: enlarging the entrance to install one of the elevators, demolishing and rebuilding the structural slab, installing new floor finishes, redoing the roof, building a natural ventilation shaft and, finally, building a new fare booth. Of course, this work cannot be done while customers are using the entrance building, which is why it is closed during the project.

This photo shows the platform wall; the tracks are on the other side of the wooden partition. We have installed a beam to support the structure during the excavation.

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The project in images

The Accessibility program is made possible thanks to the additional funding announced by the federal and provincial governments to speed up universal accessibility work with the goal of having 30 accessible métro stations by 2025.

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