Making room for the Hurontario LRT project in north Mississauga

Mississauga residents may have noticed construction crews working on one of the city’s busiest roads. It may look like normal roadwork, but in fact they are prepping the area for construction on the region’s first rapid transit line. The Hurontario light rail transit (LRT) project. Metrolinx News breaks down what this construction is for and why it’s happening now.

Metrolinx is opening things up for rapid transit in Peel Region.

Right now, Metrolinx and its constructor, Mobilinx, are widening portions of Hurontario Street in the north end of Mississauga. Crews are also working on roadside utilities like hydro poles.

Major construction for the Hurontario LRT line is underway and this is another example of noticeable change to the one of the Peel Region’s busiest streets.  

In case this is your first time hearing about the project, the Hurontario LRT project is a new 18-kilometre light rail line that will run up the middle of Hurontario Street from Port Credit GO Station in the south to Steeles Avenue in the north.

An excavator and a loader work on widening Hurontario Street between Matheson Boulevard and Traders Boulevard.
An excavator and a loader work on widening Hurontario Street between Matheson Boulevard and Traders Boulevard. (Metrolinx image)
Bucket trucks installing new electrical poles near Hurontario Street and Courtneypark Boulevard
Bucket trucks installing new electrical poles near Hurontario Street and Courtneypark Boulevard. (Metrolinx image)

Why does the road need to be widened?

The road needs to be widened to make room for the LRT line, as it will run down the centre of Hurontario Street in its own dedicated lanes.

Construction crews are working on widening one side of the road at a time so that traffic can continue to flow. This infographic helps explain how the work will progress.

infographic showing the different phases of construction for the Hurontario LRT
Construction phases for the Hurontario LRT project in north Mississauga. (Metrolinx image)

Check Metrolinx News regularly for the latest updates on the Hurontario LRT project, and follow the project on social media.

Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx News team