Edmonton

West Edmonton Mall transit centre construction begins Monday

The West Edmonton Mall Transit Centre will have a larger heated waiting area next winter, as part of major a upgrade to the bus stop.

The $3 million project will include a larger heated waiting area with more seating

A rendering of what the West Edmonton Mall transit centre will look like when construction is finished. (City of Edmonton)

The West Edmonton Mall Transit Centre will have a larger heated waiting area next winter. 

Jennifer Laraway, a spokesperson for Edmonton Transit, said the upgrades are badly needed given the current age of the building and the number of people who use the station.

"It'll just be a much more inviting and secure space for the passengers," Laraway said.

The upgrades include a new shelter with more seating, added security cameras, outdoor lighting, redesigned sidewalks and a new public art installation.

The entire project will cost $3 million.

The central building of the transit centre will be closed on Monday when construction begins. Buses will be moved to temporary stops in the same area, or on 87th Avenue between 172nd and 197th Streets.

Westbound traffic will be reduced to two lanes on 87th Avenue to make room for the buses to stop.

(City of Edmonton)

Laraway said the new building is expected to last 15 to 20 years, which will allow for changes once the Valley LRT Line reaches West Edmonton Mall.

"We intentionally kept the Valley Line in mind," she said.

Construction is expected to last until early 2017. Abbottsfield and Belvedere transit stations will also be upgraded this year.