Work on massive Mississauga transit project focuses on concrete and creek beds

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By Declan Finucane

Published on March 4, 2022 at 3:43 p.m.

Crews work to protect Mary Fix Creek as the Hurontario LRT project progresses. Shown here, the white bags pictured are used for stream diversion, allowing crews to divert water to one side so they can work on the other side. (Photo: Metrolinx)

Work crews for the Mississauga-Brampton Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project are currently focused on concrete and creek beds.

As work continues on the 18-kilometre LRT route, which when completed in fall 2024 will take Port Credit GO passengers south to Brampton, crews are focusing their efforts in southern Mississauga.

Specifically, they are pouring concrete at Port Credit GO Station, which will be the southernmost point of the route, and carrying out work at nearby Mary Fix Creek to protect and enhance the natural area.

“Concrete pouring is one of those things that can be tricky in cold weather,” said officials from Metrolinx, the provincial agency responsible for the transit project.

Special pumps are used to harden the concrete in the “unpredictable March weather”, they add.

Crews work their way up the south side of the future Port Credit LRT station, which will connect customers to the Lakeshore West GO line. (Photo: Metrolinx)

Meanwhile, at Mary Fix Creek, Metrolinx says “workers are expanding and revitalizing the creek bed as part of the project. The creek provides flood protection and prevents erosion in the Port Credit area.

When work on the creek is complete, crews will replant more trees “to enhance local biodiversity, as part of Metrolinx’s landscaping plan,” officials said.

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

When it opens to passengers in a few years, the Hazel McCallion Line will have 19 stops along the route.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced three weeks ago that when completed, the transit route will be named after the longtime former mayor of Mississauga.

In unveiling the Hazel McCallion line, Ford also expressed support for once again including a downtown loop in the massive scheme.

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

  • efforts to further protect the 100-year-old Mary Fix Creek in central Mississauga. Work crews will improve the nearby landscape to preserve the creek and nearby communities, and carry out works to reduce the risk of flooding
  • existing bridges at Port Credit GO Station replaced
  • the operations and maintenance storage facility near the Mississauga-Brampton border, which will be the hub of the new line, will have LRT tracks laid as it nears completion (the facility will house repair shop, storage area and rail vehicle cleaning services)
  • highway construction. The 403 flyover will begin. This involves the construction of a bridge or overpass that crosses Highway 403. This will help improve traffic flow by separating the LRT from regular vehicle and bus traffic at one of the busiest interchanges in Mississauga. Will also allow LRT riders to access bus connections on Rathburn Rd.
  • crews will begin laying the first set of LRT tracks in northern Mississauga

The Hurontario LRT link to Port Credit and Cooksville GO Stations, Mississauga Transitway, Square One GO Bus Station, Brampton Gateway Bus Station, and major MiWay and Brampton Transit routes.

Metrolinx says the initiative is part of its long-term vision for an integrated and sustainable transit system connecting the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas.

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