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Broadway Subway’s TBMs to Reach in Vancouver this Spring

Broadway Subway Extension TBM

In order to construct the two tunnels for SkyTrain’s Millennium Line Broadway Extension the selected twin tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are set to arrive in Vancouver sometime this spring.

According to BC minister of state for infrastructure Bowinn Ma the current week was the date of passing the factory acceptance testing stage by these giant machines

While both machines are identical in size, with a width of six meters (20 ft.) and a length of 100 meters (328 ft.), the scheduled efficiency for excavating and completing the concrete tunnel ring structure at a by these TBMs is almost 18 meters (60 ft.) per day, with an average depth of about 15 meters (49 ft.) and a maximum depth of 20 meters (66 ft.) at Broadway-City Hall Station in order to dive beneath the Canada Line tunnel.

Broadway Subway Extension TBM
Broadway Subway Extension TBM

Running from the tunnel boring pit north of the intersection of Great Northern Way and Thornton Street, which doubles as the subway footprint of the Great Northern Way-Emily Carr Station, the intended TBMs will complete a segment of the tunnel with 5km length.

Due to the determined date of assembling and launching the machines from the site, that is mid of 2022, the improvement on digging and preparing the tunnel boring pit is currently highly advanced.

Once the TBMs arrived, they are expected to be named in accordance with tradition.

Between Summer 2022 and the middle of 2023, the TBMs are due to travel through the bored subway station boxes along Broadway, made possible by the installation of temporary road decks in order to allow for excavation and station construction under flowing vehicle traffic.

The extraction pit at the intersection of West Broadway and Cypress Street, just east of Arbutus Station will be the location of TBMs by Summer 2023 if all goes as planned and they will be removed and dismantled there.

Broadway Subway Extension Work Site

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