Phase 1 of the Capital Line South extension began early construction works in Spring 2022 and will continue into 2023. The competitive process to select a contractor to design and build the extension also launched in 2022, and we anticipate selecting the contractor by late 2023.
About The Project
The extension will be completed in two phases. The first will extend the line from Century Park to Ellerslie Road and Phase 2 will extend from Ellerslie Road to Allard/Desrochers. Concept design for Phase 2 has been advanced.
Capital Line South Phase 1 (Century Park to Ellerslie Road) is a 4.5 km long, high floor LRT and includes:
An underpass at 23 Avenue
Bridges crossing Blackmud Creek and Anthony Henday Drive
A new operations and maintenance facility south of Anthony Henday Drive
A neighbourhood LRT station at Twin Brooks (which will be smaller in size compared to a multi-modal transit station like Century Park)
Find out more about how construction may impact your business or community.
With major LRT construction planned to start in 2024, there is a significant amount of work to be done along the corridor to get ready for that important milestone. Some of the construction preparation work that began in 2022 can be found below.
Contracted crews will remove, relocate and prune trees along the LRT route. We have worked hard to reduce impacts to trees along the line. We are protecting and working around existing trees when we can, and will relocate or plant new trees where necessary.
Many utilities have lines underground that will need to be moved in order to build the LRT. We’re currently working with the utility companies to plan how and when these relocations will occur. The work will begin this year and will be ongoing. At times, certain utility relocations will have impacts like road closures. We will provide detailed information about any specific impacts with as much notice as possible.
By using water and pressure, hydrovacing provides an efficient way to allow the team to check where any existing underground lines are. It is an important tool for preparing for utility relocations and finalizing project design. Hydrovacing will be occurring on an ongoing basis. It can be very loud, so we will provide notice for specific locations as they are confirmed.
The design for the LRT includes an underpass that will dip below 23 Avenue. To ensure that water does not pool on the tracks, we are building a pump station and storage tank that will collect rainfall and pump it out to the storm drain. Work on the pump station and storage tank will begin this year so that construction of the LRT will move faster later on.