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Water leaks, cracked concrete lead to construction delay at Edmonton’s Stadium LRT Station

Images shows what a redesigned Stadium LRT station would look like.
Images shows what a redesigned Stadium LRT station would look like. City of Edmonton

Upgrades to Edmonton’s Stadium LRT Station will take longer than originally planned after construction crews encountered some “unanticipated site conditions.”

Demolition work began at the LRT station on June 28. Work is underway to improve aging infrastructure at the nearly 40-year-old station, including removing the underground concourse, removing skylights and building heated shelters.

Read more: City of Edmonton gearing up for LRT maintenance and revitalization projects

However, after the overhead canopy was removed, city officials said water was found to be leaking along the Stadium Station lower concourse walls and roof. Cracks in the concrete were also found, the City of Edmonton said in a news release Tuesday morning.

“Due to unanticipated site conditions, additional work is now required, and the timeline for this work will be extended,” the media release said.

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The waterproof membrane will need to be replaced and concrete on the concourse roof will need to be repaired before work to replace the track and install new pedestrian crossings can begin.

The work will lead to the following changes to transit service:

  • until late August, trains between Churchill and Clareview, and Churchill and NAIT will continue to run every 20 minutes. Between Churchill and Century Park, trains will run every 10 minutes
  • from early September to late October, trains between Churchill and Clareview, and Churchill and NAIT will run every 15 minutes. Between Churchill and Century Park, trains will run every 7.5 minutes
  • Metro Line trains will continue to run between Century Park and NAIT all day for the project duration
Upgrades provide access to Edmontonians around Stadium LRT Station
Upgrades provide access to Edmontonians around Stadium LRT Station

In a statement, the City of Edmonton said it is too early to say what impacts the additional work will have on the budget and overall timeline of the project.

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“The city is working with our contractor to determine any cost impacts. It needs to be fixed to prevent further damage and to ensure the remaining work can be completed safely,” spokesperson Katie Stewart said.

“The City of Edmonton is working to determine how this delay will impact the overall project schedule. At this time, we expect the project to be completed by the January 2022 completion date.”

The work at the station was originally scheduled to be finished in January 2022.