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Updated: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:37:47 GMT | By CBC News,

Work begins at future LRT maintenance, storage site

Work begins at future LRT maintenance, storage site

Ottawa-area politicians broke ground Friday at the site of a future maintenance and storage facility for the LRT project.

The Rideau Transit Group, which had the winning bid for the LRT project, have now taken over the 16-hectare site on Belfast Road.

The building, once completed, will facilitate LRT vehicle assembly, maintenance and operations.

In the coming weeks, residents will also see preparatory work begin at the future west tunnel portal near Lebreton Flats, as well as the future east tunnel portal near the University of Ottawa campus.

"With a project of this magnitude it can be expected that there will be some effects of construction throughout the city," Watson said. "The Rideau Transit Group and the city have worked hard and have taken steps to minimize the impacts of construction as much as possible, and the final result will be a world-class transit system that will serve our residents well into the future."

Construction of the maintenance and storage facility on Belfast Road will generate 100 jobs, according to a city media release. After the building is finished, 50 trade workers and professionals will be employed there permanently.

Existing buildings at the site will be demolished, then work will begin to build the base for the maintenance and train yards.

It's expected to be finished by 2015.

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