Metrolinx says continued construction along Hurontario will see LRT land in Brampton

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Published July 7, 2021 at 4:30 pm

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Metrolinx announced this morning (July 7) that Brampton could expect to see more construction this fall along Hurontario Street aimed at getting its light rail transit (LRT) system into the city.

In fact, Brampton drivers have probably noticed work began some time ago.

In a release from Metrolinx, they said the medians on the street separating north and southbound traffic are being shattered and hauled off the street since last October to make way for “tracks, stations and equipment needed to run the new transit system. Traffic flow will be easier due to the hard work crews have completed so far.”

Easing concerns of traffic congestion, Metrolinx added, “Before the tracks are put into place, the area will act as a drivable roadway to allow traffic to shift easily around the utility relocation work slated for later this fall.”

However, it’s not just a matter of ripping up medians along Hurontario and laying down rails. Provincial and municipal laws mandate that the transportation group analyses soil samples along the way to ensure the earth below can support the light rail system.

“Boreholes are being drilled at various points along the Hurontario corridor to collect soil and rock samples for further laboratory testing.”

They added, “By understanding the soil, groundwater and bedrock characteristics along the rail alignment, Hurontario LRT constructor, Mobilinx, is able to optimize and complete the design work for the LRT foundation.”

As well, there are considerations of “utility relocations, including watermain and telecommunication infrastructure relocation, followed by works to remove the boulevard and widen Hurontario Street in order to accommodate the future traffic configuration.”

Metrolinx said the utility relocations work, including the installation of new temporary traffic signals, will continue from Highway 407 all the way to Bartley Bull Parkway, adding that the final result will see the Hurontario LRTs terminal stop just south of Steeles Avenue.

(Photo of Hurontario Street construction provided by Metrolinx)

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