Construction work on the major renovation and expansion to SkyTrain’s Commercial-Broadway Station is ramping up, and this necessitates some road closures in the area throughout the coming weekend and into early next week.
TransLink says East Broadway between Commercial Drive and Victoria Drive will be fully closed from 9 pm on Friday, June 15 to 8 am on June, 17 to allow crews to remove a temporary work platform used to construct the new pedestrian overpass across Broadway to provide an additional connection between the Expo Line platforms and the Millennium Line platforms.
There will also be a full eastbound closure of Broadway along the same stretch from 11 pm on Sunday, June 17 to 5 am on Monday, June 18 and a full westbound closure from 11 pm on Monday, June 18 to 5 am on Tuesday, June 19.
Transit passengers are also affected as beginning this weekend on an interim basis, the No. 9 trolley and 99 B-Line bus stops will move to the west side of Commercial Drive to allow crews to rebuild the sidewalks and install a new, permanent 99 B-Line canopy and queuing system.
Due to this construction, the main station entrance this weekend next to Shoppers Drug Mart will be closed, requiring passengers to enter or exit the station from Commercial Drive or the Broadway entrance on the south side of the street.
On Monday, June 25, the new 99 B-Line canopy and queuing system will open and the westbound No. 9 and 99 B-Line bus stops will relocate to their permanent locations below the station.
The $60-million renovation project is the transit hub’s second major upgrade in a decade.
The latest upgrades include a new fifth platform for the Expo Line trains traveling in the inbound direction towards downtown, a new pedestrian overpass over Broadway connecting the new Expo Line platform to the Millennium Line platforms, a widened pedestrian walkway over the Grandview Cut between Broadway and the Millennium Line platforms, and two new elevators and four new escalators.
These improvements are necessary due to rising ridership at the station, especially with the extra traffic as a result of the opening of the Millennium Line’s Evergreen Extension. On a daily basis, there are 90,000 train boardings and 60,000 bus boardings at this station, which is Metro Vancouver’s busiest transit hub.
Upgrades on the station began in spring 2015, and a full completion is expected sometime this fall.