Major city maintenance projects set to begin in early May

Apr 28 2020, 3:19 pm

A number of major maintenance and revitalization projects are set to resume in Edmonton next month, including changes to the LRT.

According to a release from the City of Edmonton, starting on Sunday, May 3, major LRT maintenance and revitalization projects will get underway.

The city is resuming the “TLC for LRT” initiative that began last year.

“Edmonton’s 40-plus year-old LRT network needs maintenance and upgrades to ensure it continues serving Edmontonians reliably and efficiently for the long-term,” says the release.

The changes will result in some service disruptions around the city, so here is what you need to know.

McKernan/Belgravia LRT Station Closure

  • From May 3 until July, McKernan/Belgravia LRT Station will be closed to passengers to conduct platform repairs and tile replacement. Trains will continue to pass through the station, but will not stop to pick up or drop off passengers. Customers can use South Campus or Health Sciences to board or exit the LRT. Alternatively, bus routes 4 and 106 travel to/from South Campus and Health Sciences.
  • Starting May 4, after 9 am daily, Capital/Metro Line trains will run every 15 minutes, with Metro Line trains only running between Health Sciences and NAIT until McKernan/Belgravia reopens.

Stadium LRT Station Redevelopment 

  • Also kicking off in mid-May is construction for the Stadium LRT Station Redevelopment project. “This project will address aging infrastructure that has been serving Edmonton for over 40 years. Improvements include an additional platform, new heated shelters, public washrooms and security office. Construction is expected to be completed in 2022,” says the release.
  • As part of the work at Stadium Station, on the May long weekend (May 16-18), LRT service will be suspended between Clareview and Churchill. Buses will replace LRT between these stations. LRT will continue to run between Century Park and NAIT every 15 minutes.
Health Sciences Station pedestrian crossing upgrades
  • During three weekends in May (9-10, 16-17 and 23-24), Capital Line trains will only run every 15 minutes, as crews will be working on upgrades to the pedestrian crossing at the north entrance of Health Sciences station.
  • On May 9-10 and 23-24, Metro Line trains will only run between NAIT and Grandin stations.
  • This crossing, as well as the north entrance to Health Sciences station, will also be closed from June 19-29.

More information on city infrastructure projects is available online.