Construction of the Viau station
- Construction site summary
- Impact on customer trips
- Impact on local residents
- Learn more about the project
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Construction site summary
As part of the Blue line extension project, this worksite involves building a new accessible métro station with one entrance building. Preparatory work are being carried out to get the area ready for the future station to be built. The entire extension is expected to be commissioned in 2029.
Please note that the station name is a placeholder.
Duration of the work: From August 2022 until fall 2023.
Description of the work: Preparatory work to relocate underground utilities (water, sewage and cabling) out of the way of the future station excavation site.
Bus impacts: Lines 141 Jean-Talon Est and 372 Jean-Talon will be rerouted, and some stops will be relocated on lines 136 Viau and 188 Couture.
- Preparatory work resuming in March on Baunard street.
- During the week of April 3, southbound lanes will be closed between Jean-Talon and Bélanger on Boulevard Viau.
- Starting April 14, Jean-Talon will be closed in the eastbound direction, starting at Provencher.
- In late 2023 or early 2024, excavation work will start.
Impact on customer trips
Lines 141 Jean-Talon Est and 372 Jean-Talon will be rerouted, and some stops will be relocated on lines 136 Viau and 188 Couture.
Starting April 3, 2023, Viau Boulevard will be closed in the southbound direction, from Jean-Talon. For about 8 weeks, line 136 southbound will take a detour starting at Jean-Talon and resume its regular route from Bélanger. The detour will be to the west via Provencher.
Starting in mid-April, short-term work (less than 10 days) will have to be done on Jean-Talon, at the corner of De Cannes. During this time, the eastbound lanes on Jean-Talon will be closed to traffic. Bus line 188 Couture eastbound will maintain its detour via Bélanger and resume its regular route to head north on Viau. This detour will be in effect again later this summer, as major work will resume at the intersection for approximately 16 weeks.
Starting in mid-April, short-term work (less than 10 days) will have to be done on Jean-Talon at the corner of De Cannes. During this time, the eastbound lanes on Jean-Talon will be closed to traffic. Bus lines 141 Jean-Talon eastbound and 372 Jean-Talon eastbound will maintain their detour routes on Bélanger and resume their regular routes from Viau.
These lines will be affected mainly later in the summer, when the worksite will have moved to Jean-Talon at the corner of De Cannes. A temporary stop will be set up at the corner of Bélanger and Viau.
Impact on local residents
This March, preparatory work for the Blue line extension will resume in your neighbourhood.
The work will involve relocating urban public utilities for the massive excavation that will be needed to build the new métro station. The utilities that need to be relocated include water pipes, sewers and underground conduits and cabling.
Work schedule for 2023 in the Viau area
The project will be carried out in phases to reduce the impact on your travel. The worksite will be divided into three sectors:
Work has been underway since early March, mainly on Baunard near the corner of De Cannes. The worksite will gradually move onto De Cannes and extend up to the corner of Jean-Talon. Local traffic will be allowed on De Paisley for residents only.
Work area A (active for approximately 4 weeks)
- Initially, the work will be concentrated at the north end of Baunard, between the bend and the intersection with De Cannes. We expect this step to take about 4 weeks.
- Local traffic will be permitted to allow residents of Baunard and De Cannes to access parking.
Work area B (active for approximately 4 weeks)
- The worksite will then move to the intersection of Baunard and De Cannes. Jean-Talon will no longer be accessible by travelling north on De Cannes or Baunard.
- Local traffic will be permitted on De Paisley to allow residents of Baunard and De Cannes to access parking.
- Access to nearby businesses will be maintained, but some parking entrances may be blocked temporarily.
- Pedestrian access to sidewalks will be maintained.
Work area C (active for approximately 4 weeks)
Throughout the spring, the worksite will change, going through several phases in turn. Work will continue on De Cannes, between Jean-Talon and Baunard.
Work areas A and B – Closed southbound
During the week of April 3, the worksite will resume on Viau, occupying the entire western section (southbound) between Jean-Talon and De Paisley. This phase will involve continuing and completing the work started last summer. Viau will remain open to traffic in the northbound direction, but the southbound lanes will be closed between Jean-Talon and Bélanger.
However, this setup may be modified in May to allow traffic in both directions.
Starting April 14, the intersection of Jean-Talon and De Cannes will be closed temporarily for about 10 days. During this entire phase, Jean-Talon will be closed in the eastbound direction, starting at Provencher. One westbound lane will remain open at all times.
From late May to October, more work will be required on Jean-Talon. It will be divided into two phases, first on the south (eastbound) section and then on the north (westbound) section of the street. One westbound lane will remain open throughout both these phases.
What can residents expect?
What you need to know
- Detours will be in effect, marked by appropriate road signage.
- Access to businesses around the worksite will be maintained at all times.
- Collection services (household garbage, recycling and compost) will also be maintained.
- You will be notified directly if access to your private residential parking has to be blocked for certain parts of the work.
- Work will take place during the day. We will use a hydraulic drill for the excavation. This may cause some noise, but it will only be done for a few weeks, during the first part of each work phase.
- Brief drinking water outages are expected for certain specific areas. If your building is affected, you will be notified in advance with a notice on the door.
- Brief power outages may be necessary. Hydro-Québec will notify you directly by phone if you will be affected.
Demolition of the former commercial building, located on Jean-Talon Street at the corner of Viau Boulevard is now completed.
Our experts answer your questions
Our experts have prepared two informational video clips for you. Watch these clips to learn more about the project.
Upgrades to the City of Montréal water main at the intersection of Viau Boulevard and de Paisley Street are not directly related to the construction of the future métro station. However, this work is being done now to limit street closures when the new station is built. The City of Montréal has hired the STM to carry out these upgrades. This coordinated effort marks the sound management of public funds.
The work will take place during the day and will be done at the same time as other work on Viau Boulevard to limit the impact on local travel.
Learn more about the project
Information sessions, talks, activities, good neighbour committees: our team wants to meet you!
Did you know that the teams from the STM, the City of Montréal, Hydro-Québec and Énergir are all working together to coordinate the work?
These organizations are collaborating on the project’s phasing strategy so that all the work lines up to keep local travel running smoothly and ensure good management of their investments. During the excavation, the City of Montréal and other stakeholders will take the opportunity to upgrade underground infrastructure.
What type of work will be done?
The work will involve relocating urban public utilities, giving us free rein to begin the massive excavation that will be needed to build the new métro station. The utilities that need to be relocated include water pipes, sewers, and underground conduits and cabling.
We are finalizing the overall project schedule based on multiple factors. We will keep you informed as the project progresses and let you know when the work will begin.
Projects like the Viau area preparatory work need to be planned months in advance. Together, our experienced technicians, engineers and project managers pool their knowledge of a variety of disciplines, including civil engineering, structure, electricity, building mechanics, geotechnics, traffic maintenance and sustainable development.
Our design, project management and follow-up teams are putting their expertise to good use in the east end of the city, and all this is just the beginning!
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The blue line extension project follows in the wake of the Déclaration du gouvernement du Québec et de la Ville de Montréal to revitalize Montréal East. Many projects are underway to give a new impetus to this sector. Increased mobility, economic development, and improved living environments are at the heart of this ambitious project. For more information, see Québec.ca/RevitalisationEstMontreal (in French only).