Major work on 100-year-old creek as part of Mississauga LRT project is nearly done

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Published July 19, 2023 at 10:26 am

Water will soon be flowing over this new bed at Mary Fix Creek.(Photo: Metrolinx)

Reconstruction of a century-old creek in Mississauga as part of the $1.4-billion Hurontario St. light rail transit (LRT) project is nearly complete.

Project leaders with Metrolinx, the provincial agency overseeing construction of the 18-kilometre Hazel McCallion Line, say major work on Mary Fix Creek in south Mississauga is close to wrapping up.

In addition, as work on the massive transit project continues, officials say 30 parking spots have been added back to Port Credit GO Station in the north parking lot and the new Eaglewood Bridge over the creek has been completed and will soon open.

Work around both 100-year-old Mary Fix Creek and Etobicoke Creek has been ongoing for some time as part of the Hazel McCallion Line, a 19-stop route that will whisk passengers from Port Credit GO to Brampton when it opens in fall 2024.

The two watercourses are being restored and revitalized as part of the huge transit project.

“Running from Old River Rd. in Mississauga to the Credit River, Mary Fix Creek is vital to preventing floods and erosion near the Port Credit GO. It has been undergoing a transformative revitalization as part of the Hazel McCallion Line project,” a Metrolinx spokesperson said this week in an online update.

Restoration of both creeks also enhances the habitat for local wildlife, project officials said earlier.

Named for a local pioneer, Mary Fix Creek flows from the Mavis Rd./Eglinton Ave. area in central Mississauga, then parallel to Hurontario St. south of the QEW before emptying into the Credit River at the CN bridge in Port Credit.

“This creek plays an important role in the city’s water infrastructure,” Metrolinx said, noting work crews have used extreme care around the creek.

The latest update from project leaders notes that work crews are reconstructing 400 metres of the creek bed, from just north of Old River Rd. to the GO station. So far, 325 metres have been completed, with the remainder to be done in the next several months.

“This is a critical stretch for flood protection, where the creek flows through a concrete-lined channel,” the spokesperson said.

“The new design is going to be wider and deeper, which will provide additional flood control with up-to-date hydraulic modelling, improved safety and resilience, all while protecting the community from significant storm damage.”

Meanwhile, construction of the new bridge over the creek, from Eaglewood Blvd. to Oriole Ave., is now complete, officials say.

It will enhance traffic flow and offer better coordination with the LRT guideway on Hurontario St., they add.

Once the design for new traffic signals is in place, the new bridge will be opened to the public.

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