The Pottery Road bridge project is progressing well however the Belleville Underpass reconstruction project has unfortunately had several challenges in construction. These challenges include:
- A redesign and additional excavation caused by an unforeseen condition encountered during construction, and
- Engineering difficulties observed with the progress of the installation of the 26 caissons (supports) for the rail underpass.
Unfortunately this slower progress means that the trail will remain closed longer than first anticipated and likely an additional month until mid August or possibly September.
Fortunately construction on the proposed detour route of Broadview Avenue is complete, with all lanes open now.
Please consider the long term benefits this underpass will bring as a major improvement when completed. Your patience while we get there is much appreciated.
Remember that there is a Police presence on the trail to ensure cyclists are respecting the closure for their own safety. Be safe and do not trespass through the construction site as trucks are not able to see cyclists safely as they progress in and out of the site along the trail. Images above show the large equipment in process with very large shoring rigs, concrete trucks and other construction vehicles moving through the trail area between Belleville Underpass and the Pottery Road access.
We sincerely apologize again for this unforeseen and very unfortunate summer trail closure situation. We look forward to announcing the reopening of this section of the Lower Don Trail, with major improvements to be enjoyed for generations to come.