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Hamilton GO Centre: Extension of a pedestrian tunnel under the existing railway tracks

Location
Hamilton, Ontario
Client
Metrolinx (GO Transit)
Timeframe
2007

The construction of a train layover facility at the Hamilton GO Centre in the City of Hamilton, Ontario required the extension of a pedestrian tunnel under the existing railway tracks.

The tunnel was constructed in 1931 as part of an effort to provide grade separations between roads and railway tracks. The tunnel is a popular means of movement for residents in the downtown area, and exits at Shamrock Park.

The tunnel is a simple concrete box structure placed on concrete caisson extended below the tunnel level to avoid a deep layer of peat.

The exposed face of the extension maintained the Art-Deco architectural features of the original tunnel structure, including the cast letters of the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway, which originally operated the railway line.

Vandal-proof lighting was installed to ensure pedestrian safety at all times.

New sidewalks were placed and extensive landscaping was carried out to compliment conditions in Shamrock Park.