PCL Construction workers Ryan Brill, left, and William Cole at the Health Sciences LRT Station. The contractor will create a pedway over 114 Street connecting the LRT station, hospital and Edmonton Clinic by the end of 2012.

LRT riders using the Health Sciences station will encounter construction this year as an overhead pedway is installed across 114 Street linking University Hospital to the new Edmonton Clinic South and new Edmonton Health Academy.

“The pedway will provide users of the hospital with improved pedestrian safety,” says Paul Michna of Alberta Infrastructure. “It will reduce street-level congestion and allow university hospital students and staff a climate-controlled environment in moving through the area.”

Michna says the heaviest construction will be done during off-peak hours, and on weekends.

“Throughout the project, pedestrian access to the Health Sciences LRT station will be maintained. We, with the City and contractors (PCL Construction) will keep disruption to a minimum,” he says.

Edmonton Transit has put up notices at the station about the project. “We want to reassure customers that they’ll still be able to access trains during construction time,” says Patricia Dickson of Edmonton Transit.

The pedway will be located over the north end of the station and access the LRT platform with escalator, elevator and stairs.

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