Despite the winter cold, construction work on the new MRC continues to move along

Great news! The roadwork on René-Lévesque Blvd. will be completed by the end of next week and all lanes will be reopened to traffic.

Meanwhile, substantial work is getting underway on the Viger side to connect the water supply system. Because the work has to be done in the middle of the second traffic lane, a structure was set up last week to allow crews to work during the night and reopen traffic lanes during the day. The massive structure is basically a temporary bridge over the water supply connection while work is in progress. The job should take about two weeks to complete.

Unless Mother Nature says otherwise, the jobsite team will start pouring the concrete slab for the Central Equipment Room (CER), as well as the structure slab. The latter is located on the ground floor of the North Block and makes up a portion of the first “habitable” floor of the new MRC.

Wondering where we go from here? It appears the weather will have the last word.

Here’s what project superintendent Patrice Strasbourg has to say: “Between the intense cold, freezing rain and snowstorms, the weather has been so unpredictable this year that our game plan is often changing from hour to hour. Should we remove the insulating tarps, or start clearing the snow? We become amateur weather forecasters, trying to predict the exact moment when storms will hit the jobsite. And we’re pulling out all the stops to stay on track for 2020!”