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West LRT moving forward on schedule PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sean-Paul Boynton   
Friday, 13 August 2010 09:21

A station-by-station update on $700-million project

Despite suggestions that its 2012 deadline was short-sighted and impossible to meet, construction of Calgary’s West LRT project is proceeding on time and even under budget. The $700-million line, which will see six stations – including the city’s first elevated and underground stations – and eight kilometres of track built from downtown to Strathcona Park at 69th Street and 17th Avenue S.W., has already hit several important milestones in its construction timeline, most notably the installation of the launching truss, which will be used to raise the concrete pieces of the elevated track over Shaw Millennium Park.

At the site of the launching truss last month, during which the first section of the elevated track was lifted into place, Mayor Dave Bronconnier described the project as “moving forward at lightning speed.”

Although other C-Train projects are in the planning stages and nearing construction – including the Martindale and Saddletowne stations on the northeast line for 2011, and a station in Tuscany at the end of the northwest line set for completion by 2014 – the West LRT and its due date of December 2012 is the most high profile transit project currently underway, and is causing the most attention due to numerous road closures, rerouting and large-scale construction.

Here’s what’s been completed so far for the West LRT, and what Calgarians can expect in the months ahead.

Find out more here.