Construction of the Viau station

Construction site summary

As part of the Blue line extension project, this worksite involves building a new accessible métro station with one entrance building. The entire extension is expected to be commissioned in 2030.

Please note that the station name is a placeholder.

Next steps:

  • Preparatory work are now completed.
  • In 2024, excavation work will start.

Impact on customer trips

No impact at the moment.

Impact on local residents

Upcoming excavation work

Full and partial street closures are planned at various points along the route and will last for varying lengths of time. Detailed planning is not yet available for your area. In the meantime, please see the Latest Updates and FAQ tabs on the project page for more information on the high-level planning.

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In the coming months, we’ll be starting excavation work to make way for new infrastructure for the Blue line extension.

The excavation method will vary depending on the type of work being done. The surface excavation work will involve controlled microblasting, whereas most of the excavation for the underground tunnel will be done using a tunnel boring machine, or TBM. At both types of worksites, there will also be some mechanical excavation. The vibrations produced by the different excavation methods will be measured on an ongoing basis using seismographs. These devices will be installed at various points throughout the excavation zones and will be used to continuously monitor the vibration levels and make sure they fall within legal limits.

Essential preventive measures

To prepare for upcoming excavation work, the STM has tasked ABS with inspecting buildings that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Located within 75 metres of any surface-level excavation work
  • Located within 30 metres of the tunnel axis

The inspections will serve to compile an inventory of the structures surrounding the worksites for the Blue line extension. The findings of the inspections will also be used to establish the maximum vibration levels for each site. Although these inspections are a precautionary measure, they are essential in the unlikely event that the work causes any damage.

As a further precaution, any building within 100 metres of a worksite where there will be microblasting will receive a carbon monoxide detector a few weeks before the excavation work starts.

Each building inspection lasts approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Photos are taken of the building interior and exterior. The photos are mostly close-ups of the foundations, walls, ceilings, and floors and serve to document the building’s condition prior to the start of the excavation work.

The pre-construction inspection is a common precautionary measure for major construction sites. It protects you in the unlikely event that your property suffers any damage during work on the Blue line extension.

Controlled microblasting is used on several major STM worksites, depending on the type of rock to be excavated. To learn more, watch the video in the FAQ section of our Blue line extension page.

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.

The preparatory work involved 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 needed 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 Qué (in French only).

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