Hamilton LRT early work

Important steps taken towards progressing the Hamilton LRT

City two-way conversion of Main Street enables refining the Hamilton LRT route for the better.

Nov 15, 2023

As the City of Hamilton continues to rapidly grow, Metrolinx is hard at work preparing to build the new 14-kilometre Hamilton LRT.

Hamiltonians will see the first shovels in the ground on Wentworth Street, Sherman Avenue, and Nash Road as crews begin relocating water mains and part of an enabling works program; clearing the path for larger procurement efforts and more significant construction to take place.

LRT design refinement

The City of Hamilton’s recent commitment to converting Main Street from one-way to two-way traffic has led to an opportunity to refine the LRT route and how the LRT will access the Operations, Maintenance and Storage (OMSF) facility on Chatham Street.

The refinement shifts the LRT route from the previous LRT-only bridge onto Main and Dundurn Streets and shifts the access to the OMSF from the busy Longwood Road to Frid Street.

It also shifts the Dundurn LRT stop onto Dundurn Street, closer to Hamilton’s Innovation District.

Hamilton LRT early work

A look at the newly refined LRT route. (Metrolinx image)

With the refinement, the previously planned LRT-only bridge over Cathedral park and the reconstruction of the Longwood Road bridge will not be required for the project.

Instead, the refinement will see:

  • Reconstruction of Main Street bridge over Highway 403, enabling future highway widening
  • Reconstruction of Main Street Bridge over CP tracks, currently at end of lifecycle
  • Reconstruction of Highway 403 ramps, enabling continuous two-way conversion of Main Street
  • Reconstruction of Frid Street, including full roadway and utility replacement
Hamilton LRT early work

Ultimately, this design refinement will contribute to positive outcomes for the community including environmental sustainability, the reconstruction of aging infrastructure, helping to realize the two-way conversion of Main Street and improve LRT operations, all while saving time and money.

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