Traffic delays and noise lie ahead for the next month as LRT tracks laid in Mississauga


Published September 8, 2023 at 10:58 am

First tracks laid as major Mississauga-Brampton transit project moves forward

Traffic delays and extra noise can be expected for the next month in the area of a busy north Mississauga intersection as work crews lay down tracks for the $1.4-billion Hazel McCallion light-rail transit (LRT) route.

Project leaders overseeing the massive Mississauga-to-Brampton transit initiative say motorists and area residents can expect the delays and noise due to the partial closure of the intersection at Hurontario Street and Watergarden Drive/Armdale Road through mid-October.

The intersection (see map below), located just north of Eglinton Ave., will be shut down to left-hand turns and traffic attempting to cross Hurontario Street from this coming Monday (Sept. 11) at 10 p.m. until Oct. 12 at 10 p.m.

Officials with Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of the Hazel McCallion Line LRT project, say work will take place daily between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., including on weekends.

“Important work to install tracks along Hurontario Street continues, requiring left-turn restrictions at the intersection of Watergarden Drive/Armdale Road and Hurontario Street,” project leaders said in an online notice. “Crews will be excavating the centre of the intersection to install tracks and pour concrete, enabling the guideway to move through intersections along Hurontario Street.”

Officials say detour routes will be accessible via Ceremonial Drive/Nahani Way, Fairwind Drive and Four Springs Avenue.

They add that “residents near the work site can expect to hear noise and vibration caused by trucks, excavators, loaders, tri-axles, backhoes and other construction equipment related to this work.”

Map shows work area and traffic restrictions in addition to detour routes. (Image: Metrolinx)

When completed and open to passengers in fall 2024, the Hazel McCallion Line will whisk riders as far as 18 kilometres from Port Credit GO Station in south Mississauga to Brampton, via Hurontario St.

Running between Peel’s two cities, the route will feature 19 stops along the way. It will also connect with other transit services, including MiWay and Brampton Transit.

The sweeping transit project has many components to it, including major reconstruction of a century-old creek in south Mississauga.

Metrolinx officials say work on Mary Fix Creek is close to wrapping up.

Work around both 100-year-old Mary Fix Creek and Etobicoke Creek has been ongoing for some time as part of the project as the two watercourses are being restored and revitalized to help stave off future flooding and enhance the wildlife habitat.

Hurontario LRT map

Map shows the route and stops of the Hazel McCallion Line. (Image: Metrolinx)

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