Upgrading of McTavish pumping station

McTavish Reservoir construction site

The McTavish pumping station, located next to McGill's downtown campus on Doctor-Penfield Avenue, between McTavish Street and Pine Avenue, is a strategic facility for the City of Montreal. It distributes drinking water to more than 1.25 million residents. To enable it to play its role safely for several more years, repair work is necessary.

The City of Montreal has been working on this massive project since the summer of 2020. The work will take close to 10 years to complete. 

Safety reminders

When walking in the vicinity of the construction site, be sure to follow all signage, such as this sign that you will direct you to the pedestrian corridors. 

Pedestrian passage pictogram

Don’t climb over construction fences to save time. If an area is blocked off, access is prohibited!

Jumping over fence pictogram

Always follow the instructions given by the signallers - they are there to keep you safe.


  • Doctor-Penfield Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic.
  • Street parking is restricted.
  • Access to buildings: Access will be maintained at all times for pedestrians, emergency services, garbage and recycling collection and deliveries to McGill.
  • Noise and vibration levels will be monitored to ensure they comply with requirements.
  • Bus stops for lines 107, 144 and 360 will be relocated and routes will be modified.


More information on this project is available on this page.

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