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Broadway subway: Tunnel-boring machine hits future Oak-VGH Station

One of many 1,000-tonne tunnel-boring machines have damaged via the fourth of the road’s six underground stations.

A 12 months after two tunnel-boring machines started excavating tunnels for Vancouver’s Broadway subway line, one of many 1,000-tonne machines has damaged via to the fourth of the road’s six underground stations.

The machine, named Phyllis, has damaged via on the future Oak-VGH Station, mentioned B.C.’s Transportation Ministry on Friday.

Phyllis and its companion, Elsie, launched from Nice Northern Method-Emily Carr Station final October to construct the tunnels for the 5.7-kilometre SkyTrain extension.

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Crews on the future Oak-VGH Station put together for the second main concrete pour of the station’s base slab basis.Picture by B.C. Transportation Ministry

The machines have already tunnelled via the longer term Mount Nice and Broadway-Metropolis Corridor stations.

Phyllis arrived on the Oak-VGH Station, on the southwest nook of Broadway and Laurel Avenue, after excavating greater than two kilometres of tunnel and the set up of about 1,330 concrete tunnel liner rings.

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An aerial shot of the Broadway Subway Mission at Oak-VGH Station.Picture by B.C. Transportation Ministry

Since leaving Broadway-Metropolis Corridor, it tunnelled 22 metres below the Canada Line on the Broadway-Metropolis Corridor station, then rose to about 15 m under the floor to Oak-VGH Station.

After scheduled upkeep, it’ll proceed tunnelling west towards the longer term South Granville Station earlier than ending on the future Arbutus Station.

Elsie is anticipated to reach at Oak-VGH Station later this fall.

The province mentioned the Oak-VGH Station will present higher entry to Vancouver Common Hospital and the various medical clinics and amenities alongside the Broadway hall.

A pedestrian bridge will probably be erected above the excavated station to take care of entry to companies and providers throughout building. Work can be underway to construct concrete partitions, columns and flooring in any respect six future underground stations, mentioned the ministry.

The Broadway subway undertaking is a 5.7-km extension of the Millennium Line from VCC-Clark Station to West Broadway and Arbutus Avenue. It was initially anticipated to be accomplished in 2025, however has been delayed to 2026. As soon as accomplished, the subway extension is anticipated to whisk passengers between VCC-Clark Station and Arbutus Station in 11 minutes.

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Tunnel-boring machine Phyllis at Broadway-Metropolis Corridor Station.Picture by B.C. Transportation Ministry

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