Ontario Construction News staff writer
2022 will be a big year for transit in Peel Region as construction continues on the Hurontario LRT (HuLRT), a new 18-kilometre line in Mississauga and Brampton, with construction well underway.
Metrolinx shared the following highlights for the coming year:
Port Credit Station – the only underground stop on the HuLRT
- Constructor Mobilinx began major excavation on the eastern end of the Port Credit GO Station parking lot to prep for construction of the tunnel under the GO rail tracks and the station itself.
- The team removed 36,000 cubic metres of earth from Port Credit – more than 14 Olympic swimming pools of dirt.
- Crews also started work on the Port Credit push box – the elaborate tunneling system required to tunnel under the existing GO tracks with minimal disruption to rail service.
- After digging the hole, pouring concrete slabs, constructing a thrust block, the next step is to push the system through and lay the tracks. The actual push will occur in early 2022.
- Once the box is in place, construction of the station is set to begin.
Mary Fix Creek
- Early in 2021, work was completed to protect the 100-year-old Mary Fix Creek, which plays an important role in Mississauga’s water infrastructure and provide the habitats necessary for local plant and animal life.
- Mobilinx will be upgrading the landscape to preserve the creek and nearby communities.
- Coming up in 2022, the channel in that area will be replaced with an engineered structure that is wider and taller, to reduce the potential for flooding.
- The existing bridges at the Port Credit GO Station are also being replaced to accommodate the widening of the creek.
Operations Maintenance Storage Facility
- Work at the HuLRT Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility (OMSF) is close to completion and will be the hub of the new transit line. Inside the building, there will be a repair shop, vehicle cleaning facility, material storage, and capacity for 42 Alstom light rail vehicles.
- Preparation is underway for the installation of the LRT tracks in the yard later this year.
- Crews have installed about 7.5 kilometres of new watermain, sanitary and stormwater sewers along Hurontario Street.
- Upgrades are being done in preparation to support the new LRT and to ensure residents experience minimal service disruptions to their utilities.
- In 2022, crews will begin working on a second push box located at Hurontario Street and the QEW to create a new northbound underpass to enable LRVs to travel under the QEW highway once the line is operational.
- Construction of the Highway 403 flyover is also set to begin. This involves building a bridge or overpass that crosses over another road. This will help improve traffic flow by separating the LRT from regular vehicular and bus traffic on one of the busiest interchanges in Mississauga.
- Crews will also begin laying the first set of tracks for the HuLRT line in Mississauga North in early 2022.