Beaudry metro station to close for renovations this fall

The Beaudry metro station, at the heart of Montreal's Gay Village, is getting a makeover — and that means it'll close completely for about eight months, starting this fall.

Radio-Canada is reporting the station, built along with the rest of the original metro network in 1966, will get new walls and floors between the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019. Work will also be done on its often-broken block-long moving sidewalk, as well as the station's electrical and lighting systems and signage.

The STM is expected to announce the exact closure dates within the next few weeks.

"The job is necessary to maintain our infrastructure in good condition for security reasons," the STM's Amélie Régis said in a statement, likening the renovation work to performing a roofing job on a house.

She adds there will be measures put in place to compensate for the loss of the station — most likely a shuttle bus running between the Berri-UQAM and Papineau stations.

The last time a metro station closed completely was in 2015. The Beaubien metro station in the north-end closed for similar reasons for four months during the summer. Several other stations were closed for extended periods of time for similar reasons: the Jolicoeur station in 2013, Villa-Maria in 2011, Côte Ste. Catherine in 2010, Charlevoix in 2009 et Georges-Vanier in 2008.

In the late 1990s, the Beaudry station got a newly refurbished entrance, as well as some new color — light blue tiles were added on the walls at street level and at the ticket booth level, and some also blended in on the walls at track level with the original off-white and brown tiling.