Traffic delays to come as LRT work targets busy intersection beside hospital in Mississauga


Published April 25, 2024 at 1:44 pm

Hazel LRT work near Mississauga Hospital.
Traffic will be impacted for the next two months at Hurontario Street and The Queensway as tracks are put down for the Hazel McCallion Line. (Photo: Metrolinx)

Drivers and public transit riders can expect delays for the next two months at a busy Mississauga intersection next to the city’s biggest hospital as work continues on the $4.6-billion Hazel McCallion light-rail transit line.

Area residents and businesses can also anticipate more noise as tracks are laid down and other tasks completed between April 30 and June 25 at the intersection of Hurontario Street and The Queensway (see map below).

Project leaders overseeing the massive Mississauga-to-Brampton transit initiative say lane reductions, left-hand turn restrictions and re-routed MiWay transit buses will all be part of the mix for the next eight weeks as crews work seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to finish that component of the Hazel McCallion LRT.

Mississauga Hospital, in the early stages of a massive rebuild over the next decade or so, sits on the southwest corner of the busy intersection.

Road work starts next Tuesday night

Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of the transformational transit project, said workers will be welding tracks and doing concrete work for the installation of guideways throughout May and June at the intersection.

Work begins April 30 at 10 p.m. as crews will start the job with an overnight shift.

“Work will begin on the north half of the intersection first. When completed, crews will shift staging over to the south half of the intersection,” project officials said in an online update this week. “During this process, east-west traffic (along The Queensway) will be reduced to single lanes in each direction. Left turns will also not be permitted in the intersection.”

Officials add detours for drivers will be available via Dundas Street, Confederation Parkway, King Street and Camilla Road and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

MiWay bus routes 4 and 103 will operate using detours during the construction period.

Additionally, Metrolinx officials note, “residents near the work site can expect to hear noise and vibration caused by trucks, excavators, loaders, tri-axles, backhoes and other construction equipment” for the next couple of months.

Map shows work zone and associated detours. (Image: Metrolinx)

Meanwhile, work and associated lane closures and other disruptions also continue at several other points along Hurontario Street as crews aim to complete the 22-kilometre or so LRT by early 2025.

One such area is the section of Hurontario Street from just north of the QEW to Eglinton Avenue. That part of the major road, which also includes the intersection at The Queensway, will see additional restrictions through December of this year.

When completed, the Hazel McCallion Line will whisk riders from Port Credit GO in south Mississauga all the way north into Brampton via Hurontario Street, with more than 19 stops along the way.

Metrolinx received the go-ahead from the province in early February to extend the line by three or four kilometres into downtown Brampton and reintroduce the “downtown loop” to the City Centre area of Mississauga. The latter component will add several stops to the route.

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