From tracks being laid to trains being examined, many Montreal commuters have been been witnessing the progress being made on the Réseau Specific Métropolitain (REM).
However not all of the work being performed on the longer term electrical prepare community is seen. A few of it’s occurring deep beneath floor.
That’s the case in Montreal’s Outremont borough the place work is being carried out on the Édouard-Montpetit Station.
At 70 metres, it’s the deepest station in Canada, in keeping with REM contractor, CDPQ Infra.
Emmanuelle Rouillard-Moreau, CDPQ Infra spokesperson, stated it was vital construct at that depth to achieve the Mount-Royal tunnel the place the REM station connects.
She added the work got here with quite a few challenges, not solely due to the depth and the hardness of the Mount Royal bedrock, however due to its proximity to varsities, houses and utilities.
“Rigorous measures have been deployed always to make sure the protection of employees, the general public and infrastructure,” she stated.
Getting via the bedrock required blasting in such a manner as to cut back vibrations and restrict potential impression in surrounding areas.
“All through the work, some 20 seismographs across the website monitored the impact of every blast in actual time,” Rouillard-Moreau stated.
So far, 30,000 cubic meters of rock has been excavated from the location and used as ballast on the Deux-Montagnes department.
CDPQ Infra stated the excavation work, which was like digging a gap the scale of 20-storey constructing, was completed in 2019, permitting for building of the station to start.
Work on the within of the station is anticipated to start within the coming months, with slabs of bedrock built-in into the ultimate design.
“It’s harking back to all of the work that was achieved to construct this station,” Rouillard-Moreau stated.
The station is anticipated to be completed by 2023, and by all accounts getting underground would possibly really feel extra like going to an amusement park than a prepare station.
“The station will likely be accessible by way of 5 high-speed elevators that may journey the equal of a 20-storey constructing in lower than 30 seconds,” Rouillard-Moreau stated.
And from there, it is going to be a fast prepare experience downtown.
“The REM station will join the borough of Outremont and downtown in solely three minutes, whereas providing a quick connection to the inexperienced line (by way of McGill station) and the orange line (by way of Bonaventure station).”
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