Hurontario project uses host of measures to protect drivers and pedestrians

Safety around a major transit site isn’t limited to just those crews working on the route. For the Hurontario light rail transit project, the switch into warmer weather also signals the need for area residents, and those moving about, to be aware of shifts in routes and paths. Here’s what to watch out for, to keep everyone safe.

Big projects require adjustments and patience from locals moving through the construction.

That’s why, with the change in season, experts for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) project, are reminding residents, travelers and local workers roadways and sidewalks will constantly be changing.

Here are the signs of those temporary and lasting changes around the HuLRT.

Signage indicating construction zones and lane closures will be placed ahead of areas with active roadworks. Approach these areas with caution and ensure there is enough distance in front of your vehicle to prepare for any abrupt stops, unexpected lane closures and detours.

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Drivers will have to make some adjustments, but crews are working hard to make sure things are kept moving. (Metrolinx photo)

To help separate active construction from sidewalks and roads, traffic barrels and fast fencing are placed. It’s important for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to not cut through the barrels and instead follow the signage in place. Some barrels have horizontal yellow barriers to increase visibility for both pedestrians and drivers. 

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There are lots of signs of progress on the HuLRT route. But they also require patience from those moving about the community. (Metrolinx photo)

When construction results in temporary lane or road closures, there will be signage indicating detours and restrictions for U-turns and left turns. The restrictions on U-turns and left turns will be here to stay in certain locations where the new HuLRT line will run. Certain areas will use the ‘right-in, right-out’ approach, meaning left turns will be prohibited.

Bus stops will remain accessible through temporary boarding platforms. These are installed before crews begin relocating underground utilities. Wayfinding signage and instructions will also be installed to ensure commuters know what to expect when using these for the first time.

Information on bus routes impacted by construction will be posted at MiWay.ca/updates and Brampton.ca/transit.

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Safety always comes first when it comes to measures to protect pedestrians. (Metrolinx photo)

As utility work continues, there will be changes to the ways that properties are accessed through temporary restrictions to driveways and sidewalks. Crews will ensure at least one access to businesses and property is maintained through construction. If access needs to close for safety reasons, clear signage will be in place to communicate the closure and provide directions to alternate access points.

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Pedestrians and those on bikes will have to make a few detours. (Metrolinx photo)

Everyone has a role to play to ensure the roadways and walkways are safe during construction. Taking extra time, being aware of the changing surroundings and following the signage in place are some of the most important ways to keep safe during major construction. For construction happening in your area, sign up for the Peel Regional newsletter here.

Story by Erika D’Urbano, senior advisor, Rapid Transit