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Work on Lakeshore West push box is underway

Progress continues on the second underpass for the future Hazel McCallion Line.

Dec 13, 2022

Crews building the Hazel McCallion light rail transit line have started the official push of the ‘push box’ underneath the Lakeshore West GO Train tracks at Port Credit GO Station using the groundbreaking Verona System.

The system involves using three temporary bridges under the active tracks along with lattice and counterbalance beams to allow underpass construction to take place without impacting train operations.

This push box will be used as a new passageway under the Lakeshore West train tracks, allowing the future Hazel McCallion Line to enter and exit Port Credit GO Station without disrupting current train service on the tracks above.

The push box includes a partition wall separating north and southbound vehicles and is 60 metres long.

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A look at the start of the new passageway under the Lakeshore West GO Train tracks where the LRT will pass under and enter Port Credit Station. (Metrolinx photo)

Minimizing Disruptions

With the Lakeshore West GO Transit Line seeing over 33,000 riders a day, it’s essential for GO service to continue uninterrupted.

To complete the work safely and efficiently, crews will be onsite over the next few weeks when train movements are least active, between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. during weekdays with some weekend work being scheduled as required.

This is one of the three major areas of work involved in the overall project, which will lay the groundwork for the 18-kilometre LRT route,

This push followed closely after the construction of a new underpass at Hurontario and the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), which was pushed in place over a single weekend using the box jacking method under the existing highway.

by Maria Khan Metrolinx communications senior advisor