The long-awaited MUHC hospital project is finally getting the green light.

First announced in 1998, groundbreaking on the Glen Yard construction project will happen Thursday, April 1.

Premier Jean Charest, Health Minister Yves Bolduc, and Treasury Board president Monique Gagnon-Tremblay will announce the winner of the bidding process for the English hospital.

They will then hold the official groundbreaking ceremony.

The project has apparently been ready to go for months, but was reportedly held up by delays for the French hospital.

Those delays were eliminated last Thursday, when Charest and others held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal.

The research wing of the CHUM is being built on St. Denis street near Viger.

The MUHC has a budget of $2.2 billion, and officials in the public-private partnership are promising they will stay on budget, and complete construction by 2014.

Once completed, the hospital will hold 500 beds, and promises to provide Montrealers with state-of-the-art health care.

That number includes 144 beds for the Children's Hospital, which will be built next to the facility.

Once the hospital is completed, the Montreal General Hospital will be renamed the Mountain Campus, and it will contain another 332 beds for patient care.