The Rutherford GO station in Vaughan, Ontario, is now complete with improved passenger experience and increased train services. Metrolinx owns the station and is part of GO Transit, a regional public transit system network in Ontario.
The station transformation by Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario delivered an improved transit experience for growing communities in the Vaughan area.
The station upgrades included the development of an integrated station building and a new railway bridge over Rutherford Road to improve safety and facilitate all-day transit services in both directions.
After months of planning and preparation, the new Rutherford GO pedestrian bridge was successfully lifted and set in place within a short overnight window in the wee hours of December 18th, 2020. The work began after the last train of the night passed, with crews rigging the bridge to the crane. The bridge was lifted into its final position over the tracks just after 1:00 am. The bridge weighs 250,000 lbs. (113,398 kg) (that’s about the same as 70 cars) and it spans 56 metres over the tracks.
Walters Inc. provided a full range of services, including modelling, fabrication and installing the structural steel and metal deck for the overhead pedestrian bridge & stair tower, the Rutherford pedestrian bridge, the Station building, East and West platform canopies and onsite canopies.
Walters Inc. played a vital role with the client and consultants in the design-assist and planning stages resulting in delivering fabricated parts and installation on time without disrupting operations. Despite working through the pandemic, planning and execution proceeded with minimal delays.
Although the Vaughan site location was a large-scale initiative with logistical challenges, Walters rose to the occasion working around active railway tracks and alongside multiple skilled trades.
Part of the structure was exposed, requiring steel coating. Meticulous care was taken around the coated steel to ensure the final product was free of imperfections or irregularities.