Place-des-Arts

Work underway at Place-des-Arts station

Project summary

A real estate project carried out by a private developer will integrate the De Bleury North entrance into its new building. We are taking advantage of the closure of the entrance building to begin accessibility work and equip the station with elevators.


Duration of the work: March 11, 2019, to July 2022

Description of the work: New entrance building and elevator installation

Métro impacts: Yes

Bus impacts: Yes

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The station will remain open during the work. Only the De Bleury North entrance building will be closed. The closest entrance is on De Bleury, south of De Maisonneuve.

Impact on customer trips

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Place des Arts corridor closed from January 3 to spring 2022

Due to accessibility work, the access leading to the métro station will be closed. Customers who normally take this access to Place des Arts or Complexe Desjardins will have to use the Jeanne-Mance exit and head south (turn left outside the exit) to get back onto Sainte-Catherine Street.

Closure of the De Bleury North entrance building

This entrance building will be closed as of March 11, 2019, for a real estate project carried out by a private developer, which will integrate it into its new building. During the work, the closest entrance building is on De Bleury, south of De Maisonneuve.

The walkway inside the station, on the mezzanine level, will be closed for the duration of the work. In addition, storage areas will be needed in a few areas of the station, but they will not impact your trips.

Impact on buses

The 35 Griffintown East line will end at the corner of René-Lévesque and Union, just west of Robert-Bourassa. This route change is necessary due to the extensive construction work taking place in the area.

During this period, boarding of the 35 Griffintown West line will take place at Square-Victoria—OACI station on Côte du Beaver Hall at the corner of Viger.

Impact on traffic

De Maisonneuve Boulevard has been fully open to traffic since November 29.

The bike path will be closed and rerouted along Président-Kennedy.

Impact on local residents

A new phase of accessibility work at Place-des-Arts station is underway. De Maisonneuve Boulevard has been fully open to traffic since November 29.

The bike path will be closed and rerouted along Président-Kennedy.

The sidewalk around the De Bleury North entrance building will be closed during the work. Follow the signs to ensure you get around safely.

Learn more about the project

The Place-des-Arts station renovation is progressing well, with over 60% of the work completed. Adding the elevators must be done in several steps due to the station’s architecture and original layout.

Because of the scope of the work, De Maisonneuve Boulevard had to be closed completely between De Bleury and Balmoral to expand the station deep underground. The street has now been fully open to traffic since November 29. To install the two elevators between the fare booth level and the platforms in both directions, plus the mechanical rooms needed for them to function, we had to expand the station’s underground infrastructure. This involved soil excavation to a depth of more than 15 metres to make space for the new structures.

Universal Accessibility work will continue inside the station as the elevators are installed and related work is completed. The elevators should be in operation as of summer 2022.

Description of the work:

  • Expansion and refurbishment of the De Bleury North entrance building, construction of an elevator shaft between the street and fare booth levels, and installation of elevator equipment.
  • Refurbishment of the entrance building’s structural slab and staircases.
  • Installation of two elevators between the fare booth level and the platforms in both directions; the station’s underground infrastructures must therefore be expanded. This means that the work will be visible above ground level.

Yes, the De Bleury entrance building will have some.

Originally, Place-des-Arts station had four separate entrance buildings, and three of these have been integrated into buildings.

  • The Jeanne-Mance entrance building was covered by the Musée d’art contemporain in 1992.
  • The Président-Kennedy entrance building was covered by UQAM’s Pavillon Président-Kennedy in 1998.
  • The De Bleury South entrance building was covered by the Louis-Bohème in 2010.
  • And, now, it’s the De Bleury North entrance building’s turn to be integrated into a real estate project.

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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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