Ten days of traffic disruption arrives for Oakville and Burlington drivers


Published June 11, 2024 at 11:31 am

Burloak overpass Burlington Oakville GO transit train
An artist's rendering showing what the new train bridge will look like at Burloak Drive. (Metrolinx image)

Drivers in both Oakville and Burlington are about to get a taste of what life is going to be like without a section of a major arterial road.

Beginning this Friday, June 14, Burloak Drive will be fully closed from Wyecroft Road to Superior Court for 10 days as further work continues on the project that will ultimately lead to the construction of a railway overpass and the widening of the road.

The current work will foreshadow the year-long closure of Burloak that will begin later this year when the major portion of the reconstruction will take place.

In the meantime, here is the immediate work schedule:

  • The road closure will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 14 through to 6:30 a.m. on Monday, June 24.
  • The road will be completely closed, except from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday (June 17-21), when it will be open for southbound traffic only (see plan above).
  • The intersection of Burloak Drive and Prince William Drive will remain open to traffic during the closure.
  • The sidewalk and bicycle lane will also be closed.
  • Two temporary lanes – one going in each direction, from Prince William Drive to the plaza at 700-728 Burloak Drive will be open, maintaining access to the businesses.
  • Staff will be positioned at key intersections to help manage traffic.

During this process, nearby residents and businesses may experience noise, dust and vibrations caused by the construction.

This phase is part of a major undertaking that will eventually see the creation of a train overpass on Burloak along the Lakeshore West GO Line

To be carried out by Metrolinx, the Ontario agency responsible for integrating transit systems in Southern Ontario, when complete, the overpass project is expected to ease traffic congestion through the area by eliminating the ground-level train crossing.

The project will eventually allow the expansion of Burloak to six lanes and create improvements to nearby routes such as Wyecroft, Harvester, Superior and Prince William. The addition of turn lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes and improved connectivity for active modes of travel will also be included in this project.

Upgrades to the pedestrian bridge on Drury Lane will also eventually be carried out.

Metrolinx says the project will also provide the opportunity to electrify the train lines, allowing for more frequent train service.

The $177 million project is being led by Metrolinx, with Oakville and Burlington each supplying $16 million.

The major work is expected to start this summer and be ready by 2026. During the process, Burloak will be closed for more than a year.




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