Burloak Drive Grade Separation

A joint initiative between the Town of Oakville, City of Burlington and Metrolinx.

A new underpass on Burloak Drive will separate vehicle traffic and rail movement. 

The underpass will enhance public safety in advance of GO Transit’s planned 15-minute all-day service on the Lakeshore West GO line, which will see up to eight trains crossing Burloak Drive every hour, in addition to regular VIA and freight trains. 

The addition of turn lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes and improved connectivity for active modes of travel will also be included in this project. 

Construction activities are underway and the project is estimated to be completed by mid-2026. 

For ongoing updates on the project, please visit the Metrolinx website.

Questions about the project can be directed to Metrolinx at HaltonRegion@metrolinx.com.

Burloak Drive Grade Separation rendering

 Artist's rendering, design is subject to change. (Metrolinx image)  

Project status – June 10, 2024 update

  • Track and rail signal work within the rail corridor is ongoing.
  • The planned 10-day road closure of Burloak Drive between Wyecroft Road and Superior Court, south of the QEW is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 14 through to 6:30 a.m. June 24. Changes to the closure plan mean that the road will be completely closed, except from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday (June 17 to 21), when it will be open for southbound traffic only to alleviate peak afternoon traffic volumes. Review Metrolinx’s Burloak Drive 10-day Closure Update public notice (pdf) for all the details. 
  • This road closure is required to complete track relocation, and the construction of temporary rail lines and level crossing that are required prior to the construction of the grade separation (underpass) itself. Detour routes will be established and signed routing traffic primarily around the site via Bronte Road and Appleby Line.
  • Oakville Transit’s routes 14/14A currently service the Burloak Drive corridor and will be detoured during the closure. Visit the Oakville Transit website for schedule updates.

Metrolinx Website

Project timeline

Oakville and Burlington began working with Metrolinx. 

Public consultation was held in March 2017, details and the feasibility study can be found on the Metrolinx website.

Council approved the principles of a cost sharing arrangement with Metrolinx for the budget of $60 million. Oakville would cover 25 per cent i.e. $15 million of the cost.

Metrolinx issued an RFP based on this budget.

Infrastructure Ontario awarded the procurement contract for the Lakeshore West Infrastructure Improvements Projects, which includes Burloak Drive underpass.

At that time, the town was notified that the project cost increased significantly to $177.3 million

  • Oakville’s share would rise by an additional $29.3 million over and above the $15 million committed in 2018
  • Town Council asked staff to explore all options to finalize a new cost sharing arrangement based on the latest project cost. 

Council approved the updated cost sharing proposal which shifts a significant amount of additional cost to Metrolinx and sees a reduction of the funding from the municipal partners to approximately $16 million each.

  • The reduction in the municipal cost share stems from Metrolinx assuming additional financial responsibility for utility work and track work (two major components of the overall project). 
  • A revised timeline that sees the project ending two months ahead of schedule.

Council approved an updated timeline to complete the project by mid-2026, approximately one year earlier than initially planned. 

To meet the new project timeframe and allow for the necessary construction activities to take place, a 14-month closure (anticipated for summer 2024 to fall/winter 2025) of Burloak Drive, from Wyecroft Road to Superior Court will now be required.