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 must be 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 summer 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.
- In 2023, the former restaurant located on Jean-Talon Street, at the corner of Viau, will be demolished to secure the site and prepare it for the excavation phase.
- In late 2023, excavation work will start.
Impact on customer trips
Travelling on line 188 Couture eastbound?
Note that bus line 188 Couture eastbound will take a detour via Provencher Boulevard and Bélanger Street and resume its regular route from Viau Boulevard northbound. Stops between Provencher and Viau will be closed.
Starting September 19, the southbound side of Viau Boulevard will be fully closed between Jean-Talon Street and de Paisley. Bus line 136 - Viau will be rerouted and some stops may be relocated. The bus will take a detour starting at Jean-Talon Street and resume its regular route from Bélanger Street. The detour will be to the west via Provencher Boulevard. You can also check bus stop signage or our real-time information tools to learn more about the detours in effect.
The southbound side of Viau Boulevard will be fully closed during the first phase of the project. For about 12 weeks, line 136 southbound will take a detour starting at Jean-Talon Street and resume its regular route from Bélanger Street. The detour will be to the west via Provencher Boulevard.
During phases 1 and 2 of the project, there will be a few occasions when short-term work (lasting less than 3 weeks) will have to be done on Jean-Talon Street. During these short periods, the eastbound lanes on Jean-Talon Street will be closed to traffic. Bus line 188 Couture eastbound will take a detour via Provencher Boulevard and Bélanger Street and resume its regular route from Viau Boulevard northbound.
During phases 1 and 2 of the project, there will be a few occasions when some work will have to be done on Jean-Talon Street. During these short periods, the eastbound lanes on Jean-Talon Street will be closed to traffic. Bus lines 141 Jean-Talon eastbound and 372 Jean-Talon eastbound will take a detour via Provencher Boulevard and Bélanger Street and resume their regular routes from Viau Boulevard.
These lines will be affected mainly during Phase 3 of the project, when the worksite will be located on Jean-Talon Street at the corner of De Cannes Street. A temporary stop will be set up at the corner of Bélanger and Viau. Phase 3 of the project will take place in summer 2023 only.
Impact on local residents
Our experts answer your questions
Our experts have prepared two informational video clips for you. Watch these clips to learn more about the project.
Join the good neighbour committee!
Last year, we put together a good neighbour committee during work in the Lacordaire area to ensure good communication with the local community. We are currently looking for active and substitute members from the Viau area to join the committee and represent local residents and organizations. The committee’s purpose is to:
- Promote dialogue between citizens and the STM during the work
- Provide citizens with information about the work’s progress and next steps
- Give citizens the chance to share their concerns about the work and find collaborative solutions
Click here to find out more about the committee, the meeting frequency, the selection criteria and how to apply.
What street closures are planned?
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.
Starting in late August 2022, Viau Boulevard will be under construction, and significant street closures are expected. The work will be done in three separate phases to maintain traffic flow and reduce the work’s impact on local travel.
- The worksite will first cover the middle section of Viau Boulevard, for a period of less than 2 weeks, and then move to the west section for about 3 months.
- Starting October 31,, 2022, the worksite will be expanded slightly to include a new site at the intersection of Jean-Talon and Viau Boulevard (work area C below). We expect this step to take about two to three weeks. This will impact vehicle traffic on Jean-Talon, but at least one lane will remain open at all times in each direction.
- Work will take place at the intersection of Jean-Talon and de Cannes streets.
- The eastbound lanes on Jean-Talon Street will be closed to traffic. One westbound lane will remain open.
- The first step is expected to last about 6 weeks, with the worksite covering the south section of Jean-Talon Street and part of De Cannes Street. De Cannes Street will not be accessible from Jean-Talon Street.
- De Cannes Street will remain open to local traffic only after De Paisley Street.
- The worksite will then move to the north section of Jean-Talon Street. One westbound lane will remain open during this step.
- 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.
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
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).