Mississauga Trees Being Moved to Make Way for LRT
There's no surer sign that the controversial but much-anticipated Hurontario LRT is coming than the relocation of bits of nature that currently stand in its path.
The city of Mississauga recently announced that seven Pyramidal English Oak trees have been relocated to the centre median on Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., west of Promontory Cres.
As you might recall, the trees have been part of the city's temporary public art program for the last three years. Led by the Mississauga's forestry team, the trees were moved from the centre median on Hurontario St. north of Matthews Gate to prepare for the incoming light rail transit (LRT) project.
"Trees play an important role in our community including mitigating stormwater runoff and reducing environmental impacts. We are taking every effort to ensure those trees that can be relocated continue to benefit our community," said Jessica McEachren, Manager, Forestry. "We will be monitoring the status of the newly replanted Pyramidal English Oak trees to gain a better understanding of what's needed to successfully relocate and protect other trees on the Hurontario St. centre median."
More trees along the Hurontario St. centre median will be relocated in spring 2018 to prepare for LRT construction.
"To accommodate for the LRT, some trees along Hurontario St. will be removed and/or relocated where possible," said Joe Perrotta, Director, Hurontario LRT Project Office. "We're looking for opportunities to enhance the tree canopy along the boulevards and committed to removing as few trees as possible. Where trees have to be removed, they will be replaced in a sustainable manner. Mature and healthy trees not impacted by construction will be protected in accordance with the City's Forestry standards."
LRT construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 and is expected to wrap up 2022.