Expect traffic delays for next six months on bridge over Credit River in Mississauga

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Published October 23, 2023 at 1:51 pm

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The Burnhamthorpe Road West bridge over the Credit River. (Photo: Bob Linsdell via Wikimedia Commons)

Traffic delays will be the norm for the next six months — and beyond — on a major bridge in Mississauga that moves large numbers of motorists across the Credit River each day as the structure undergoes significant renovations.

Starting today and continuing until Nov. 15, lane closures will be in effect along Burnhamthorpe Road West between The Credit Woodlands/Riverwood Park Lane on the east side of the Burnhamthorpe Road bridge and Promontory Crescent on the west side of the bridge, according to the City of Mississauga.

During that time, one vehicle lane will be closed on each bridge, project officials say.

Then, from mid-November until late April 2024, temporary daily lane closures will be in effect as work continues on the Burnhamthorpe Road West Bridge Retrofit.

Beyond that, motorists and area residents are being put on notice by city officials to expect additional delays until the massive repair job is completed in early 2025.

Renovations to the bridge, which spans the Credit River valley from The Credit Woodlands and The Riverwood Conservancy in the east to approaching Mississauga Road and University of Toronto Mississauga in the west, will divert much traffic to other major east-west routes such as Dundas Street West, Eglinton Avenue West and Highway 403.

Burnhamthorpe Road West bridge closure Oct '23 to Nov '24

Map shows area of the Burnhamthorpe Road West Bridge that will see lane restrictions over the next six months and beyond. (Map: City of Mississauga)

“It will be a challenge to the neighbourhood when we have to renovate the bridge over the Credit River and it will definitely be a city event in the sense that everybody who has to go east-west will have to bite their tongue or find an alternative route,” Ward 6 Councillor Joe Horneck told his council colleagues at a meeting back in June.

“We will do our best to mitigate what problems come up,” he continued, adding the city will communicate with residents “to let the people in the most immediate neighbourhoods know about the challenges over the next little while.”

Technically, the $1.55-million project actually involves the rehabilitation of five Burnhamthorpe Road West bridges that span the Credit River (one eastbound, one westbound bridge), Mullet Creek (one eastbound, one westbound bridge) and Sawmill Valley Pedestrian Trail.

A report from Mississauga’s transportation and works commissioner Geoff Wright presented to councillors in June described the status of the project as follows:

“The detailed design for the twin bridges over the Credit River on Burnhamthorpe Road West has been completed, with construction expected to start this fall. The detailed design for the twin structures over the Mullet Creek is ongoing, with anticipated construction to start in 2024.”

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