Traffic slowdowns for next two months as LRT work ramps up by Square One in Mississauga

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Published July 4, 2024 at 12:13 pm

LRT work near Square One in Mississauga will cause traffic slowdowns.

Drivers will face traffic slowdowns at one of Mississauga’s busiest intersections for the next two months as crews complete track work for the $4.6-billion Hazel McCallion light-rail transit route next to Square One Shopping Centre.

Officials at Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of the massive Mississauga-to-Brampton transit initiative, said in their latest project update motorists, businesses and area residents can expect temporary lane closures, restricted turning areas, added noise and other disruptions starting July 11 and continuing until Sept. 19.

The work, to take place at Burnhamthorpe Road and Hurontario Street (see map below), gets underway next Thursday night and will continue seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. as crews install the track foundation, or guideway, for the Hazel McCallion Line. Specifically, they’ll be welding tracks and doing concrete work.

Project leaders said the first phase of work will focus on the north half of the busy intersection and continue until Aug. 15. The second phase will then address the south half of the intersection and is expected to conclude by Sept. 19.

“During both phases, eastbound and westbound (traffic) movements will be reduced to a single lane in each direction on Burnhamthorpe Road,” officials said in their online update.

“Left turns at the intersection will also be prohibited. Detour routes will be available for drivers via Hurontario Street and Central Parkway.”

Map shows work area over the next two months. (Image: Metrolinx)

MiWay transit bus routes will also be impacted during the two-month period, officials noted. Check the MiWay website for more information.

Officials added traffic signal timings will be adjusted “to keep people moving and pedestrian crossings will also be maintained at a signalized crosswalk.”

Part of the work to come will involve one weekend of continuous, round-the-clock construction activity during each of the two phases at the site, according to Metrolinx.

Officials said that is necessary in order to “expedite the work.”

In addition, area residents and businesses can also expect to hear more noise and vibration caused by trucks, excavators, loaders, backhoes and other construction equipment.

Similar work on other sections of Hurontario Street has been carried out over the past year or so and will continue for the rest of 2024 as crews work to get the 22-kilometre LRT line completed by early 2025.

Another section under construction is on Hurontario Street, south of the QEW down to the Port Credit GO station.

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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