The City of Ottawa says labor and supply chain issues are putting pressure on the timely completion of the Stage 2 LRT West Extension.
Kiewit-Eurovia-Vinci (KEV) is the construction consortium responsible for extending the Confederation Line. Director Chris Loeffler says, “At the moment we are still analyzing the schedule”, when asked if the line will be completed by the target date of 2025.
Stage 2 of the Ottawa LRT will run west from Tunney’s Pasture to Moodie Drive. To the east it will link Blair Road with Trim Road.
Loeffler says, “In the west (extension) we have real challenges, we have geotechnical issues as well as other supply issues. We had a hard time finding enough manpower, we bring in a lot of carpenters and workers from other provinces to help us. »
This comes as the city marks a milestone for eastward expansion. The train tracks have arrived and are laid just past Blair Station near Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard. The target completion date is 2024.
Loeffler says that despite labor and supply issues, the eastward expansion is on schedule. “As we look east, we expect to be on time. We’re having trouble getting some of our supplies out of different areas, some supply chain issues that we’re seeing, we’re fixing them as they come up but all things considered we seem to be on the mend. time in the East.
Mayor Jim Watson said the city would not commit to a specific completion day: “We learned a long time ago that if we set a specific date or month and miss it by a day, we better just say 2024, and 2024 goes away until December 31st.
Watson says: “This is a very important day and date for people in the East, they have proven time and time again to be the best transit users per capita than any part of the city. . This will give them faster and more reliable transit service. »
In December, the city learned that the Trillium Line extension to Riverside South as part of Stage 2 would be delayed by nine months and now has a target completion date of May 2023.
Stage 2 of the LRT costs $4.6 billion and will be funded by the federal government, the province and the city.
Despite the challenges, Watson says the project is still on budget. “We are very fortunate to have awarded the contract, which was a fixed price contract, before the pandemic. We are very lucky to get this contract under the wire, so the prices are fixed.