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Final section of LRT track to be laid this week

The final piece of track will be clipped into place in a ceremony on Friday afternoon.
An O-Train emerges from the downtown LRT tunnel during testing in April, 2018. (Courtesy: City of Ottawa)

Like the final spike of the railroad, Ottawa plans to mark the moment the final section of LRT track is secured into place, later this week.

The track is held in place with a clip; the final clip will be installed Friday afternoon, in a ceremony in the LRT tunnel that will include the mayor and local MPs and MPPs.

While the track is nearing completion, surface construction work is expected to continue for the next few months. The latest LRT update from city staff revealed that Rideau and Queen streets will likely be dominated by barricades and construction equipment until late summer.

When the first phase is finished, the Confederation Line will include the longest escalator in a transit station in all of Canada. At about 35 metres long, the escalator will take riders from the surface directly to the platform level of Rideau Station.

Jason White

About the Author: Jason White

Jason is an award-winning reporter at CityNews Ottawa. He brings about two decades of experience in news, with stops in Halifax and Toronto.
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