PHOTOS: Mississauga’s incoming LRT will come equipped with some interesting new features
If you're looking forward to the completion of the Hurontario LRT, a $1 billion higher-order transit project being carried out by Metrolinx that will span 18 km and run from Port Credit GO at Lakeshore Rd. in the south to the Brampton Gateway Terminal at Steeles Ave in the north, you might be excited to hear that it will boast some unique features.
According to a recent blog post by Erika D'Urbano, a senior advisor with Metrolinx, the LRT will feature a "push box" and elevated guideways. D'Urbano says the elevated guideways will be built above street level, including across Highway 403.
The post also says Hurontario will be widened to support future lane configurations, with widening set to begin in the south of the city.
"After this is complete, excavation and shoring works for the QEW underpass will follow. Once the area has been excavated and supported, crews will build the hollow concrete structure, or a 'push box' and install temporary track support systems," D'Urbano writes.
"Following that, hydraulic jacks will be used to slowly push the push box into its place. The QEW push box will be a permanent structure that will act as a passageway for northbound traffic to pass through once the LRT line is complete."
The post says the 'push box' will carry the LRT Right-of-Way under the tracks without disrupting the flow of traffic on Hurontario Street.
The 'push box' (Metrolinx image)
In Cooksville, temporary traffic signals will continue to be installed overhead at all the intersections along Hurontario Street between Fairview Road West and Harborn Trail.
The post says utility relocations will start in the summer, followed by road widening, boulevard work and the installation of noise walls.
Elevated guideway (Metrolinx image)
Residents can also expect an elevated guideway, which D'Urbano says will be a stand-alone structure that will branch off from Hurontario towards the west and will be built specifically for the LRT line to connect to other transit systems and routes in Mississauga.
According to the post, one part of the elevated guideway will extend from Square One Drive, going north-west, while the other part will extend from Hwy 403 north off the ramp. A third piece will extend at the Y-junction towards Rathburn Road, stopping at the future Mississauga City Centre Stop.
The structure, which will begin construction this summer, will be directly adjacent to the Hurontario overpass of Hwy 403.
Once complete, the LRT will boast 19 stops and provide connections to the Port Credit and Cooksville GO stations, Mississauga Transitway, MiWay and Zum transit lines.
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