To carry a heavy load – Mighty support work continues on Hurontario LRT route over Hwy. 407

We have new images of some interesting piling work being done where the Hurontario light rail transit project crosses at Hwy. 407.

Talk about piling it on.

In the middle of a hot and humid Ontario summer, crews are working to add needed supports to carry the heavy load of the Hurontario light rail transit (LRT) route.

You can see the effort in these new images of pilings.

A tractor waits near a machine working on pilings.

Piling at Centre Pier at 407 structure. (Metrolinx photo)

They’re part of work to widen the underpass at Highway 407 to create a new center and  independent deck to carry the LRT guideway.

A sign reminding workers to keep two metres apart stands in front of a piece of machinery.

Another shot of piling works at 407 structure, with some social distancing added in. (Metrolinx photo)

Prefabricated piles are driven into the ground using pile drivers. The piles, made out of structural steel, ensure the proper bearing capacity and performance of the foundations for the new extensions (East and West) of the center pier.

This is only one part of the widening of the underpass. More works are planned after the winter.

A truck rolls past a speed sign.

While not piling related, we just liked this new image of a speed sign at Hurontario’s Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility. (Metrolinx photo)

Story by Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx senior advisor.