New bridge ready to open on key part of light-rail transit line in Mississauga

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Published June 26, 2024 at 3:30 pm

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An overhead look at the new Eaglewood bridge that's part of the Hazel McCallion LRT Line south of the QEW in Mississauga. (Photo: Metrolinx)

Project leaders overseeing construction of the $4.6-billion Hazel McCallion light-rail transit line say they’ve completed an important section of the route in Mississauga’s south end.

The new Eaglewood bridge, which links communities on the east and west sides of Hurontario Street, near Port Credit GO Station, will open on July 4 along with a new signalized intersection, Metrolinx said Tuesday in an online project update.

Officials with Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of the Hazel McCallion Line, noted the opening will be followed one day later by demolition of the old Inglewood bridge, which is no longer needed.

Opening of the Eaglewood bridge “is a step forward” for the massive Mississauga-to-Brampton transit initiative, officials said.

“Last November, we detailed the installation of the guideway (foundation for train tracks) around the Eaglewood bridge, a process completed while the Inglewood bridge continued its regular operations,” project officials said in their latest update.

Work crews installed some 40 metres of track for the LRT — 20 metres to both the north and south of the bridge.

“This ensured uninterrupted access for drivers at the intersection and saved commuters from a complete closure of the new intersection to install tracks there in the future,” Metrolinx said, adding the new signalized intersection serves a dual purpose.

It allows the LRT tracks to transition from the centre of Hurontario Street, north of Inglewood Drive, to the upcoming LRT station at Port Credit on the west side of Hurontario Street, officials explained.

Another view of the Eaglewood bridge while under construction. (All photos/images: Metrolinx)

“It’s designed this way to ensure it’s safe and efficient for both light-rail vehicles and Hurontario Street traffic, contributing to the seamless integration of the LRT into the city’s transit infrastructure.”

When completed sometime early in 2025, the Hazel McCallion Line will run some 22 kilometres along Hurontario Street, starting at Port Credit GO just north of the lake in Mississauga and running north into Brampton with some two dozen stops along the way.

A handful of those stops will be in Mississauga’s downtown core by Square One Shopping Centre where plans for the “downtown loop” have been restored.

The new bridge over Mary Fix Creek, one of Mississauga’s oldest and most important creeks, will extend from Eaglewood Boulevard in the east to Oriole Avenue in the west, just south of Inglewood Drive.

It’s replacing the aging structure that was in place for decades, project leaders note.

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