Removing barriers – Hurontario light rail transit project sees heavy-lifting roadwork this week

In time for hotter weather, the Hurontario light rail transit (LRT) project is shedding a few pounds.

Median removals and minor construction activities for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project (HuLRT) are well underway for the LRT route, more commonly called the HuLRT.

Image shows crews sweeping up after medians are taken out from the middle of the street.

Crews remove medians along Hurontario Street. (Metrolinx photo)

The median is the strip of land between opposing traffic lanes. In this case, as new images show, the medians along Hurontario Street are mixed, including flat and raised surfaces. In preparation for the future construction of the LRT, all medians need to be removed and leveled with the road’s surface.

Once the process is complete, these areas will be converted to a roadway to ensure traffic keeps moving during construction of the new transit line.

Over the course of the spring and summer months, you will see crews removing medians in several areas of Hurontario Street. The goal is to be as minimally disruptive as possible, however traffic delays and short-term lane reductions are to be expected at this time.

Workers clear debris from a street after a median has been removed.

Workers clear debris after heavy machinery has removed a median. Locals will see more and more of this work as the weeks roll on. (Metrolinx photo)

Learn more about the Hurontario LRT project at the upcoming virtual open house on June 15. Click here for more information.

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Story by Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx senior advisor.