Noise Walls Finalized After Community Input
After 32 noise wall community advisory committees meetings and a public consultation period including four public meetings, we have finalized the noise wall designs.
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Project Milestones and Achievements
The Georgetown South (GTS) Project team achieved an exciting milestone on the Weston Tunnel project by completing the first of three overpasses spanning the lowered Kitchener rail corridor.
On November 19th, King Street reopened to pedestrian and vehicle traffic as an overpass crossing the lowered rail corridor.
GTS in the Community
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Videos: Construction in Action
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Strachan Avenue Overpass Overnight Rail Work
begins November 15. Continuous concrete pours are happening at
the Weston Tunnel the week of December 2.
Continuous overnight work at East Corridor from
December 6 to 8.
Learn more: Strachan Avenue Overpass
Weston Road Bridge | Weston Tunnel |
Georgetown South Project
The Georgetown South (GTS) Project will provide infrastructure improvements to meet
existing GO Transit ridership demand and future growth. This project is one of the
key elements of The Big Move. Through track
sharing, it also allows for the new Union Pearson
Express (formerly known as the Air Rail Link) between Toronto’s Union Station
and Lester B. Pearson International Airport. This includes a 3.3 kilometre rail
spur to the airport.
We will be consulting with the community on the design and construction of this
five year project on an ongoing basis.
Rail Crossing at Junction and Old Weston Roads will reopen summer 2014
Earlier this year, we committed that we would try to temporarily reopen the rail crossing after installing both bridges.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of our work and with input from the
Ministry of Labour, our contractor and the City of Toronto, we are unable to
reopen Old Weston and Junction roads through the construction site due to
safety considerations – both for the public and our workers.
continues to be an active construction zone and there is not enough room for
vehicles or pedestrians to pass at a safe distance from the nine-metre deep
excavation, machinery and train movements. We apologize for this continued
inconvenience but public safety is our top priority. We expect the rail
crossing to be closed throughout the winter. We have asked that our contractor
expedite work to permanently open the roads soon as possible with a target of
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Noise Wall Public Consultation
We concluded the Noise Wall Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
design process. Over the past year, almost 150 community members signed up to
become part of eight separate CACs to provide input into the look and feel of
the noise walls and how they can be best integrated into their neighbourhoods.
Since April, we have hosted over 35 committee and public meetings together with
our landscape architects.
We want to thank residents and community groups and local area politicians
for volunteering their time and also acknowledge the local elected
representatives for their role throughout the process. We also want to take the
opportunity to thank the greater community along the rail corridor for attending
our public meetings and providing feedback on the designs during our public
consultation process. Stay tuned for the final noise wall design on our website.
Next steps involve the detailed design phase and construction is planned to
start in spring 2014. We will soon begin the process of commissioning the public
art for the identified walls. Stay tuned for information on how you and your
neighbours can get involved.
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Did You Know?
- The Humber River Bridges project is expected to be complete by fall 2014.
- To date, approximately 15,000 cubic meters of earth has been excavated as part of the Humber River Bridges project – enough to fill 6 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- To date, approximately 10,000 cubic meters of concrete has been poured as part of the Humber River Bridges project – enough concrete to fill four Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- The Weston Road Bridge project is expected to be complete by fall 2014.
- When the Weston Road Bridge project is complete, approximately 2,000 cubic meters of concrete will be poured.
- When the Weston Road Bridge project is complete, approximately 2,700 cubic meters of earth will be excavated.
- When the Denison Road Underpass project is complete, approximately 80,000 cubic meters of earth will be excavated – enough to fill 32 Olympic-sized pools.
- The Denison Road Underpass project is expected to be complete by summer 2014.
- To date, approximately 20,000 cubic meters of concrete has been poured as part of the Weston Tunnel project – half the
amount used to build the CN Tower.
- When the Weston Tunnel project is complete, approximately 285,000 cubic meters of earth will be excavated – enough to fill 134 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- To date, 260,000 cubic meters of earth has been excavated as part of the Weston Tunnel project.
- Approximately 55,000 cubic meters of concrete still needs to be poured for the Weston Tunnel project, enough to build one-and-a-half CN Towers.
- When the West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation is complete, 200,000 cubic meters of earth will be excavated. That is enough to cover 80 football fields.
- A first for GO – slide-in bridge technology was used on the West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation project.
- The West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation has four bridge spans weighing a total of 10,000 tonnes.
- When the West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation is complete, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and Milton GO line will remain at grade and two additional sets of tracks will be added on the Kitchener GO line to accommodate increased GO service and the new Union-Pearson (UP) Express.
- The West Toronto Diamond is the busiest rail crossing in Canada.
- GO Transit began service on the Georgetown GO line (now known as the Kitchener line) in 1974.
- Starting November 2013, trains will be operating in the north lowered corridor of the Strachan Avenue Overpass project.
- By summer 2014, the Strachan Avenue bridge will be completed and Strachan Avenue will return to its original alignment.
- For the Strachan Avenue Overpass, the local community chose the teardrop lattice strut design. For more information on this project, visit our
Strachan Avenue Overpass webpage.
- For the Strachan Avenue Overpass, the local community worked with a landscape architect on a project to beautify the public facing side of the north retaining wall on Douro Street. For more information,
- To date, 120,000 cubic meters have been excavated for the Strachan Avenue Overpass project with another 100,000 cubic meters to go.
- To date, 1850 piles have been drilled and filled with concrete for the Strachan Avenue Overpass project.
- The amount of earth excavated to date for the Carlingview Drive Underpass can fill almost 17 Olympic-sized swimming pools. By the time we complete excavation, the amount of earth removed will fill almost 39 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- To date, we have poured enough concrete for the Carlingview Drive Underpass to fill 46 Toyota Corollas. This number will increase to almost 70 Toyota Corollas by the end of the project.
- To date, the amount of earth excavated for the East Corridor Grading, Track and Signals project can fill four Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- To date, the amount of earth excavated for the East Corridor Grading, Track and Signals project can fill 6,250 barrels of oil.
- The amount of earth excavated for the East Corridor Grading, Track and Signals project can fill 1,000 Toyota Corollas.
- The East Corridor Grading, Track and Signals project is divided up into two segments. Segment 2A runs from Queen Street West to Lansdowne Avenue. Segment 2B runs from Lansdowne Avenue to Dupont Street. For more information on this project,
- GO Transit is constantly improving and expanding to meet the growing and changing transit needs of our customers. We anticipate future needs by planning for service expansion and the necessary infrastructure to support it. Learn more about a few of those projects by clicking on the links below. Want to know more about our construction projects? Check out our project profiles, construction facts and latest photos
- The Big Move is Metrolinx’s plan to transform transportation in the Greater Toronto
and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Learn more by visiting BigMove.ca
- Read more about investment tools to help fund over 400 km of new and enhanced transit at BigMove Report
- The average person in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) spends 82 minutes commuting every day. See what we’re doing to fix this.
- Current trends indicate the average person will spend 109 minutes on their daily commute by 2033.
- With The Big Move, the average commute time will be 77 minutes, meaning less stress and frustration and more time to do the things you want to do.
- Try your hand at addressing the congestion problem with Metrolinx’s Interactive #BigMove Activity.
- At the Humber River Bridge, the spans on which the tracks themselves will sit on, weigh 140 tons. With the average car weighing about 2 tons, the spans are the weight of 70 cars!
- The Humber River Bridge was originally constructed in 1855. Upgrades to extend all 8 piers to the north were completed in 2013.
- By the time the Weston Tunnel is complete in late 2014, over 260,000 cubic metres of rock and dirt will be excavated – that’s enough to fill over 104 Olympic-sized swimming pools!
- Did you know – the tunnel boring machine at the Weston Tunnel which dug the super pipe weighs 340,000 lbs.!
- A total of 476 tie backs are needed for the Denison Road Underpass. Tie backs strengthen the sheet pile walls which hold the underpass in place.
- Almost done! Denison Road Underpass. to be completed in Spring 2014.
- When completed, the Strachan Avenue Overpass will contain 2000 piles and over 70,000 cubic metres will have been excavated!
- The Strachan Avenue Overpass contains 2 tunnels, over 540 metres long, dug by machines and over 100 metres of tunnel dug by hand mining.
- Did you know – When the West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation is complete, almost 50,000 cubic metres of concrete will have been poured to form the new corridor.
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