The City is in the final stages of work to reopen the improved section of Lower Don Trail between Pottery Road and the Riverdale Parks Bridge.
In recent weeks, here’s what’s been completed:
- The rail line above the new Belleville trail underpass has been replaced, which is a Metrolinx requirement for potential future use of the rail corridor
- Earthwork around the new underpass is almost finished, despite the wet soil conditions
- Work has been completed for some of the necessary engineering features at the new Pottery Road trail bridge as well as railings on bridge approaches
- Drainage improvements have been made to minimize flooding risk within the Belleville Underpass
- Seating circle has been created at Pottery Road Trailhead
Contractors have been able to incorporate old foundation stones unexpectedly found at the Belleville Underpass site into the new earthworks shoring up the tunnel
Here is what’s left to do as of this posting date:
- City contractors await Metrolinx permits for the final trail connection over the rail line at the new Pottery Road trail bridge, connecting the trail to the new, completed Bayview multi-use trail
- City contractors await Metrolinx permits to reinstate utilities at the Belleville underpass, a requirement before the trail can be paved in that section
- Soil quality and environmental approvals are pending to ensure the topsoil on site is appropriate for the plant material and meets the specifications of the contract
- Asphalt installation and resurfacing from Pottery Road to the Belleville underpass
- Planting of native species and other landscaping elements
- Installation of new trail signs and surfacing associated with sign approach areas and seating area at Pottery Road
Higher than normal rainfalls causing flooding have delayed some work.
Assuming enough favourable weather and permit approvals from our partners, we are optimistic the trail can be safely reopened in July. Stay tuned to this blog for announcements.
Until the trail is opened, please do not trespass past the fences. Along with construction area dangers, there has been flooding in this section of trail, as there have been extreme weather events, with water levels far above normal for this time of year.
Thank you again for your ongoing patience.