Guideway construction progresses on the Hazel McCallion Line
Timelapse video and design renderings offer a glimpse of elevated section of the route.
Apr 3, 2023
Major infrastructure and transit improvements are coming to Hurontario Street with the construction of the Hazel McCallion Line. An important part of this construction is a new elevated guideway that will cross over Highway 403.
It's a stand-alone elevated section of the light rail line that branches off from the mainline tracks over Highway 403 towards Mississauga City Center in the west and rejoins the main tracks south of the highway.
It is being built specifically for the light rail transit (LRT) project to create a stop that will connect to other transit systems and routes in Peel including MiWay buses and GO Transit.
Tracking progress on the LRT
In total, there are 16 piers and six support structures to hold up the guideway, and work on many of them is nearing completion.The precast girder installation has commenced along with the deck work.
At the start of elevated guideway construction, timelapse cameras were set up nearby to visually track progress.
The timelapse video below shows piers being installed and then topped by the girders that form the foundations of the guideway deck.
Benefits of the elevated guideway
Benefits of elevated guideway infrastructure include being a dedicated path for the LRT, providing the ability to support high-order transit with reduced impact to local traffic, and being a visually appealing piece of an urban infrastructure
Mobilinx, the constructor of the Hazel McCallion Line, provided Metrolinx with renderings showing what the future LRT is set to look like once complete, providing a conceptual “look and feel” of the elevated guideway.
To bring this conceptual rendering to life, there’s a significant amount of work happening in real time.
Although the guideway appears straight along this stretch, from a bird’s-eye view it is a Y-shape structure, as shown in the rendering below, which gives a more complete look at future infrastructure.
The elevated guideway is one part of the LRT, which will eventually take passengers on a journey several feet above street level.
Keep up with Metrolinx News and follow the project on social media for further updates on the elevated guideway
by Maria Khan Metrolinx communications senior advisor