Metrolinx is doing overnight welding work along the Lakeshore West corridor and it could get noisy for those living along the tracks.
The provincial transit body that operates GO Transit is welding more than 200 track joints along the Lakeshore West rail corridor between Port Credit GO Station and Dufferin Street in South Parkdale.
“It involves cutting out sections of rail with a rail-saw and that could produce some sparks,” said Malon Edwards, a spokesperson with Metrolinx. “Once that section of rail is cut out a new rail section will be spliced in and the rail ends will be welded together and that could produce noise and sparks.”
Tracks must be taken out of service to do the work, so Edwards said, it will be done between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. in cycles of eight days of construction (Wednesday to Wednesday) followed by six days off (Thursday to Tuesday).
“It has to be carried out after the evening rush because there is less train traffic,” Edwards said. “But we really are doing our best to minimize disruption, not just to train traffic, but to area residents.”
Edwards said the GO Transit recognizes noise created by the work will impact residents.
"GO Transit recognizes that this work can be disruptive to our area residents," said Edwards. "We apologize for this inconvenience, and we are doing our best to carry out this essential construction with the least disruption possible."
Currently, track work is taking place in Port Credit in Mississauga, and is moving east to Etobicoke.
At this time, Edwards said, Metrolinx hasn’t received any feedback from area residents about the ongoing track work in the area. However, should people living in the area of the work want to give feedback on the track work Edwards encouraged them to call the GO Transit Customer Contact Centre at 416-869-3200.
This work is expected to be completed by the end of April 2013.
Once the track work is completed, Edwards said the resulting track upgrades will eliminate that “clickety-clack” sound commuters hear while on the train.
“These improvements will result in a smoother ride for our customers,” Edwards said.