Lane closures, traffic delays to come as major road widened for LRT in Mississauga


Published February 21, 2024 at 4:46 pm

Road delays due to LRT in Mississauga.

Major work to widen Hurontario Street through the heart of Mississauga to allow for completion of the $4.6-billion Hazel McCallion light-rail transit route will cause a few traffic and noise headaches for residents and motorists for the next 10 or so months.

Project leaders overseeing the massive Mississauga-to-Brampton transit initiative say motorists, businesses and area residents can expect temporary lane and road closures, restricted turning areas and other disruptions through the end of December 2024 on the section of Hurontario Street from just north of the QEW to Eglinton Avenue (see map below).

According to Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of the Hazel McCallion Line LRT project, most of the road work is scheduled to take place Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the end of December.

Additional notification will be provided to area residents and drivers when a temporary road closure or overnight and Sunday work is needed.

Some overnight/Sunday work could be required as project leaders aim to have the 22-kilometre LRT line ready to take its first passengers by end of this year or early in 2025.

The work will largely take place within the staged area separated by traffic barrels and temporary fencing, project leaders add.

Crews will also complete utility relocation and other upgrades related to the widening of the major road.


Map shows area of Hurontario Street from the QEW north to Eglinton Avenue that will be impacted by LRT work. (Image: Metrolinx)

Metrolinx notes road-widening activity will take place on both sides of Hurontario Street throughout the year.

“This will include changes to the existing boulevard, driveways and sidewalks and improvements to the multi-use pathway on the east side of Hurontario Street,” project leaders said in an online update.

“These activities will make room for guideway construction, track installation and LRT stop construction in the centre of Hurontario Street.”

Track installation work at the intersections of Marketplace, Robert Speck Parkway, The Queensway and Matthews Gate was scheduled to begin in January.

“We will also communicate with individual property owners concerning potential property access requirements such as utility connections and temporary driveway closures for final restoration and boulevard grading,” officials said, adding “signage will also be placed to inform motorists and pedestrians about any sidewalk closures or changes to traffic configuration.”

Permanent turning restrictions will be implemented to ensure the safe flow of traffic, they add, meaning left turns will be restricted to signalized intersections.

Also, entering and exiting properties along Hurontario Street will require motorists to make right turns, project leaders said.

Finally, officials note that residents and businesses near the work site can expect to hear noise and vibration caused by trucks, excavators, loaders, triaxles, backhoes and other construction equipment related to the work.

When completed, the Hazel McCallion Line will whisk riders from Port Credit GO in south Mississauga all the way north into Brampton via Hurontario Street, with more than 19 stops along the way.

Metrolinx received the go-ahead from the province two weeks ago to extend the line by three or four kilometres into downtown Brampton and reintroduce the “downtown loop” to the City Centre area of Mississauga. The latter component would add several stops to the route.

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