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GrandLinq on track to have LRT up and running in 2018

File photo. Photo: Lisa Drew - 570 News

It’s the New Year and as 2016 came to an end, so did a number of ION-related closures around the region.

GrandLinq says their crews have now completed almost 90 per cent of the work required to get ION up and running in 2018.

That includes installing all of the underground piping, and nearly 92 per cent of the 34,000 metres of LRT track.

In the last few weeks, multiple intersections and roadways have also reopened to traffic after being shut down for months.

That includes:

• Duke and Frederick
• King and Frederick
• Duke and Ontario
• King and Wellington
• Ottawa and Mill
•Courtland, from Hayward to Manitou
•Hayward, from Courtland to Lennox Lewis

GrandLinq adds that during ‘Stage 1’ of construction, they also completed installing 78 per cent of the new sidewalks and 68 per cent of the poles that will make up the ‘Overhead Catenary System’– which will provide power to the LRT trains.

GrandLinq says they’re planning the next round of public consultations as they head into ‘Stage 2’ of ION construction, which will focusing on service between Kitchener and Cambridge.

You can click here to stay updated on Stage 2 ION announcements.