Beaudry Metro is reopening next month. It will be safe, but not pretty (yet)

It won't be finished and it won't be pretty, but after eight months at least Beaudry Metro will once again be open.

Montreal's public transit service, the STM, closed the station on Oct. 1 last year for a complete overhaul. 

The STM says the station will reopen June 3.

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Structural work has been completed, but STM spokesperson Amélie Régis counselled passengers to temper their expectations. The beautification is still to come.

"We had to redo the whole station," Régis said. "But you won't have a 'wow effect' when we reopen on June 3 because there's a lot of work that will still have to be completed." 

So it will still feel like a construction site. The station's new walls, floors, ceilings, lighting and signage won't be finished until March 2020.

This was always part of the plan: when the project was first announced in May 2018, the STM said it would take 18 months in total, including eight months during which the station would be closed completely.

When the work is finished, Régis said, it will recall the station's original 1960's architecture and style.

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Régis said the STM plans to spend $1.6 billion on renovations and upgrades between 2020 and 2025 on the Metro.

"You will see more and more of this kind of work over the next years," she said. "[Because] all of the infrastructure was built in the 1960s, the Metro network needs to be renovated."

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Côte-Vertu station is one of the next stations on the list, Régis said, and will be closed for 11 weeks in the summer of 2020.