Work on the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), one of the biggest construction projects underway in the province, has been halted until April 13, which in turn has postponed the scheduled shutdown of the Deux-Montagnes train line for a second time.
CDPQ Infra, which is responsible for building the $6-billion light rail network, made the announcement through statement issued following Premier François Legault’s news conference on Monday. The premier announced the province would undergo a partial lockdown for a few weeks.
Last week, about 100 workers of the roughly 900 on the project reportedly walked off the job over fears of the spread of the coronavirus.
Work on the REM line requires major construction inside the 100-year-old Mount Royal tunnel, a major part of the Deux-Montagnes and Mascouche lines as they lead to Central Station. Work on the tunnel was supposed to shut down the line in January but CDPQ Infra decided to postpone that to March 30.