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Construction ahead for Lakeshore East Rail Corridor

Construction is progressing on the Lakeshore East Rail Corridor within Toronto, and in the coming weeks, work will begin between Wolcott Avenue and Kennedy Road. The work supports the GO Expansion program, bringing faster, two-way, all-day, service along the Lakeshore East line. Here’s what will happen.

There’s work in the works for a section of the Lakeshore East GO Transit line.

The rail route currently provides customers with all-day, two-way, 15-minute service seven days a week. With GO Expansion, more frequent, quieter, faster service will be delivered between Union Station and Oshawa.

To reach this service level, key early works are required to pave the way for a future fourth track. This means that grading work along the corridor is required to widen the corridor for track installation in the corridor, as part of a future project. Other work in the project includes construction of new retaining walls to support the corridor expansion and storm drainage upgrades.

A Lakeshore East GO Train pulls into Danforth GO station
A Lakeshore East GO Train pulls into Danforth GO station during warmer weather in this file photo. (Caroline Busbridge photo)

Retaining walls are designed to hold up soil and earth to stabilize uneven ground on the north side of the rail corridor that will be graded for the future fourth track. Essentially, the walls will ensure that the properties and structures on adjacent properties are supported so that the existing sloped on the rail corridor can be adjusted to allow for the additional track and any required drainage infrastructure. 

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Here’s a map of construction starting between Wolcott Avenue and Kennedy Road. (Metrolinx image)

What to Expect

Crews will be mobilizing to the northern portion of the Lakeshore East Rail Corridor between Kennedy Road and Wolcott Avenue area. Once on site, residents can expect to see surveyors on site and crews setting up. The constructor will begin setting up access points, laydown areas and has performed research on any necessary utility relocates.

Next, crews will begin removing trees and other vegetation within Metrolinx property and Right-of-Way. Construction vehicles and equipment entering and exiting the site from the gates located 347 Kennedy Rd, 57 Raleigh Ave, 61 Milnes Ave, and the work will take place within the rail corridor along the northside.

For safety, work is required to take place at night when trains are not running because it’s close to the rail corridor. Residents should expect some noise (such as by trucks, chainsaws, woodchippers and other construction equipment), vibration, dust and site lighting can be anticipated.

Patience Needed

This kind of work also means asking residents and businesses for patience, as things are always a bit disruptive as construction within neighbourhoods can be challenging. Work crews will take reasonable precautions to minimize disturbances to residents, and the following mitigation measures will be implemented:

• No idling of non-essential equipment

• Keeping reverse operations to a minimum

• Using vehicles and equipment with efficient muffling devices

• Pointing lights away from residential windows

• Routing trucks on main roads where possible

Metrolinx staff hosted a virtual open house to share details of the project January 10, including construction timelines, impact on nearby residents, and what can be expected during the work.

To watch a recording of the virtual open house, download the presentation or review the answers to questions received from the community, visit Birchmount GO Expansion LIVE – January 10, 2022 | Metrolinx Engage

Questions or Concerns?

A dedicated community relations team is available to listen, receive feedback and answer questions. Reach out to TorontoEast@metrolinx.com anytime. Sign up to get the latest construction notices and e-newsletters here and follow the project on Twitter @GOExpansion.

Story by Teresa Ko, Metrolinx senior advisor