Edmonton’s North LRT reached a milestone on Friday, November 16, as tunnelling crews working on the North Light Rail Transit (LRT) to Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) project broke through the wall at Churchill Station, connecting the North LRT with Edmonton’s existing LRT network.
Crews has been working around the clock since January 2012, excavating the twin tunnels that are slightly less than half a mile long and link Churchill Station to ground level just west of the EPCOR Tower. Now that the tunnels are complete, the next step will be track laying and M&E works. The NAIT line is expected to be operating in the fall of 2014
In addition to the completion of the North LRT tunnel, this year’s work included construction of all surface track for the north line and foundation work for the Grant MacEwan, Kingsway/Royal Alex and NAIT LRT stations. Development of the stations will continue over the winter months.
The CA$755 million project is jointly funded by the Government of Canada (CA$100 million from the Building Canada fund), the Government of Alberta (CA$497 million from the GreenTRIP program) and the City of Edmonton (CA$158 million).