LRT tunnel excavation fully complete: mayor

A major milestone has been reached for Stage 1 of Ottawa's LRT.

Mayor Jim Watson tweeted Friday afternoon that the tunnel excavation is now 100 per cent complete.

The LRT tunnel excavation is now 100% complete! The final concrete lining and guideway construction is next. #Ontrack2018 #OttLRT pic.twitter.com/zEbb6yPGxt

— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) February 24, 2017

The first stage of LRT is set to be complete next year.

Stage two was approved by the City's finance committee Friday.

Watson says the boring machines Chewrocka, Jawbreaker, and Crocodile Rouge are not going away. They'll be needed for the construction of stage 2 in the coming years.