Workers on huge Mississauga-Brampton transit line hit two million safe hours on the job

By

Published February 22, 2022 at 10:57 am

Mississauga Hurontario LRT
Crews working on the Hurontario LRT reached a significant safety milestone last week. (Photo: Metrolinx)

Builders of the massive Mississauga-Brampton Hurontario light rail transit (LRT) line reached a safety milestone last Friday (Feb. 18).

They’ve now gone more than two million hours of work without a lost time injury (LTI), according to Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of the public transit project.


An LTI refers to any on-site incident that results in a disability or an employee missing work due to an injury.

Metrolinx, which applauded project constructor Mobilinx and its subcontractors for the safety achievement, said safety on the work site is always top priority.

“Safety in and around construction sites takes a team effort. Everyone from workers, to drivers and pedestrians play a part when crews are building a brand-new transit line,” Metrolinx officials said in a news release. “In the case of the Hurontario LRT, it means long-term construction on Peel Region’s busiest road. So, when safety is taken seriously, it’s good news for everyone.”

Crews clear the work site after a recent snowfall. (Photo: Metrolinx)

Project officials say another way to look at the two million safe work hours is to consider that it’s the equivalent of 3,000 people working 40-hour weeks and going 16 weeks without a single injury.

Metrolinx says safety extends beyond the immediate work zone, noting that it’s also imperative off the construction site where drivers and pedestrians are sharing a roadway that, at times, may be partially blocked off by construction along the 18-kilometre LRT route.

“Part of the work on the Hurontario LRT requires that medians in the middle of the road are removed as utilities are upgraded and the roads are widened,” officials say. “This work often involves using pylons to separate work areas from traffic lanes, and the repainting of lines on the road.”

Metrolinx adds that jaywalking is especially dangerous in construction areas as crews and drivers are not anticipating pedestrians.

“It’s why the safety culture on the project is so important. A strong safety culture keeps teams safe within the worksites and the public safe in the areas that come close to work,” project officials say.

When completed in fall 2024, the 18-kilometre Hurontario LRT will take passengers between Port Credit GO in the south all the way north into Brampton.

Along the way, there will be 19 stops on what will be known as the Hazel McCallion Line.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced last week that, when completed, the public transit route will take the name of Mississauga’s former longtime mayor.

As the lone underground stop on the route, Port Credit GO saw a significant amount of prep work in 2021, and tunneling work continues there this year.

In unveiling the Hazel McCallion Line last week, Ford voiced support for once again including a City Centre loop in the huge project.

Other work on the Hurontario LRT expected to take place in 2022 includes:

  • efforts to further protect the 100-year-old Mary Fix Creek in central Mississauga. Work crews will be upgrading the nearby landscape to preserve the creek and nearby communities, and doing work to reduce the potential for flooding
  • existing bridges at Port Credit GO station are being replaced
  • the Operations and Maintenance Storage Facility near the Mississauga-Brampton border, to be the hub of the new line, will have LRT tracks laid as it nears completion (facility will house a repair shop, storage area and rail vehicle cleaning services)
  • construction of the Hwy. 403 flyover will begin. This involves building a bridge or overpass that crosses over the 403. This will help improve traffic flow by separating the LRT from regular vehicle and bus traffic at one of Mississauga’s busiest interchanges. Will also allow LRT riders to access bus connections on Rathburn Rd.
  • crews will begin laying the first set of tracks for the LRT in north Mississauga

When completed, the Hurontario LRT will link to GO stations at Port Credit and Cooksville, the Mississauga Transitway, Square One GO Bus Terminal, Brampton Gateway Terminal, and key MiWay and Brampton Transit routes. 

The initiative is part of Metrolinx’s long-term vision for an integrated, sustainable transit network connecting the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. 

 

insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies

Stay the know

Subscribe now to receive our daily email of today's top stories in your city!

Related News

advertising