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St-Laurent closure extends until at least Wednesday

St-Laurent station was shut down for more peeling concrete, city providing an update this afternoon.

Good morning!

Welcome back to the Lookout. Hope everyone had an enjoyable long weekend. We certainly did here at headquarters, where the boy has discovered the joy of going to the park. Riding the swing is one of his new favourite activities, while we’re not quite sure yet about going down the slide.

In any case, it’s nice to spend time with family when the weather is fine.

We’ve got lots to get through today, including the latest on the LRT problems at St-Laurent Station.

So, let’s get to it.

— Robert Hiltz, managing editor


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St-Laurent Station closed until at least today for repairs

OC Transpo/Handout

What happened: The St-Laurent O-Train Station has been closed since Friday after inspectors found more concrete damage to the station’s ceiling. To accommodate repairs and further station inspection, the east end of the LRT was closed at 10 pm last night. OC Transpo will announce “early” this morning when the station could reopen, according to a city memo.

In the meantime, the LRT is running as normal between Tunney’s Pasture and Hurdman stations, with replacement bus service ferrying passengers to all the stations in the east.

What started it: Inspectors noticed the overhead panels were showing signs of damage. After closing the station and removing some of the panels, they found leaking water had corroded some of their’ support structure. There was also damage to the outer layer of concrete, which was peeling away.

  • Earlier this year, pieces of concrete were found on the tracks and other parts of the station were inspected and repaired thanks to similar water leaks and concrete delamination.

Service levels: For most of the running time since Friday, stations in the east end were open, with trains simply bypassing St-Laurent. But because work needed to be done around the line’s electrical cables, service needed to be completely stopped for trains running east of Hurdman.

What’s next: Inspectors are now fanning out across other underground LRT stations to inspect areas above other suspended ceilings to ensure there isn’t other yet-to-be-discovered damage. The city expects most of the repairs to be done today, but a final round of inspections might lead to further repairs.

  • OC Transpo and other city officials will hold a press conference at 1 pm today. They’ll also host a session for councillors to get an update and ask questions. You can find the city council live stream here on YouTube.

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