Upgraded Trail to be Reopened Mid-September, Pending 3rd Party Work

 

Metrolinx has issued permits for third-party work required before City contractors can complete the trail work. The third-party work includes a cable utility relocation at the new Belleville Underpass, and the trail crossing over the active rail line by the new Pottery Road trail bridge. The rail crossing work can only happen on weekends due to weekday commuter rail traffic.

Meanwhile, City contractors are assembling all the plant material and new soil required for site restoration and enhancements, ready to mobilize when the third-party providers have completed their work in the next few weeks. Re-grading and paving the affected portions of trail will be the last step.

Plans are coming together for a re-opening event and celebration of Toronto’s ravines in September. It will be announced here, and we hope you will join us to ride, walk, and enjoy the new connections and underpass.

32 thoughts on “Upgraded Trail to be Reopened Mid-September, Pending 3rd Party Work

  1. I’m glad the end is in sight, but to say that the City has dropped the ball on this project is a huge understatement. It is beyond frustrating and disappointing to have a major piece of infrastructure closed for more than 1 year longer than originally promised.

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  2. It will be interesting to see when the trail actually reopens. Now it is delayed another month because of another cable relocate. Could not this work have been done at the same time as all the other cable locates?

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  3. It took 10 months for the contractor to apply for a permit. Or to re-submit said permits over and over and over again. It was finally submitted July 13th. You just posted this over a month later. Mid-September is exactly 31 days away. I highly doubt anything will change as the parties and celebrations over the permit approval will continue well past that.

    Why not wait until Late October to open the trail. Because that’s when biking season starts.

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  4. When is the trail reopening? In the comments to the last update at he end of July, you said it could be week or two. We’ve hit that two week mark. What is the anticipated opening date?

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  5. I’m astounded that someone has the audacity to be planning a pat-on-the-back ceremony for this project. It’s gone way over time and what’s been accomplished? How about you take those monies and invest them in actual maintenance of this part of the path. Like the section that comes off the downhill on the south side where there’ve been tree roots for years, spray painted all colours of the rainbow without any repair ever being done. Or how about just beyond there, with the orange fencing that appears now to be permanent. These two sections are real hazards – will they see maintenance? Probably not. Wouldn’t now have been the perfect time to get repairs like this done with the trail closure? There’s a lot of problem areas on this path and they’ll keep being problem areas after the construction crew pulls out and the ribbon is cut.

    I remember a few years back when there was a mudslide on the north side of the downhill and the city let it sit for months with no work being done. To me that typified the city’s approach to trail maintenance in the city and its concern for the people who use the trails. Just like roadways, trails need to be maintained and users of the trails have legitimate expectations, just like drivers, that these repairs will be done as quickly as possible. If you want a current egregious example of the city’s attitude, you just need to go up the path to the dog training station – it could be that b/c it’s been there so long that pylon is actually growing a tree. (I know, I know this section wasn’t part of the project.)

    By the way, is there a reason why there’s been no information on this post from the city’s cycling infrastructure people?

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  6. While I appreciate the updates, I don’t appreciate continued vague & missed timelines. I would appreciate hearing from Toronto City Council on how they view this very long drawn out closure that has inconvenienced Torontonians who use the trail to commute & enjoy. Such an embarrassment!!!

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  7. The Pottery Road crossing of the trail deserves its own traffic light instead of the ineffective obstacle course. The current crossing is a risky set up – arriving on the trail from the north requires that crossing of Pottery Road with lousy sight lines to the east. The new design means that going west, south or east from the north or east all require crossing the road. And the opposite is true on the way back. They installed a signal for bikes on the Don Mills Trail at Lawrence just east of Leslie and it works most of the time. The expense was built into the trail’s funding. The new branch of the Lower Don Trail to the crossing of the rail line at Pottery diverts more bikes to the dangerous crossing without any improvements for safer crossing.

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  8. Title should be “Upgraded Trail to be Reopened at Some Date, But No One Knows When, Pending 3rd Party Work”. No one heard of project management at the city? Contact your Councillor. Trail runs through Ward 29 (Mary Fragedakis) and Ward 30 (Paula Fletcher).

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    • That is a great comment, compact and to the point, with all required info in just 2 sentences. Unfortunately, not all those working in position of responsibility are willing to put forth such short simple notices. KISS 🙂

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  9. In all seriousness, a few questions come to mind:
    1. Who is being held to account for such a major miss against the project plan? What are the consequences for the accountable party?
    2. Is a post-mortem being done to learn from the issues encountered for future similar work?
    3. Give the the length of the closure, why weren’t decent alternate detours established (the Pottery road detour is a joke given the grade and traffic on Broadview)

    If none of this is being done, I fear we will have another fiasco with the future upgrade of the lower Don portion.

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  10. My wife and I really appreciate all the work that is being done to make the trail even better than it was . We are also very pleased and impressed by the regular and thorough updates that you have provided during the project. It is as it should be, but so rarely is. Thanks again and we look forward to enjoying the renovations/ improvements.

    Ian Graham and Jann Houston

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  11. A ton of negative comments. How about being glad we have a trail system for cycling to begin with? Yes there were crazy delays but many other cities would be envious of what we have.

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    • I pay my taxes, and a city the size of Toronto should indeed have a path system for bikes. So perhaps take your sense of superiority and donate that to the city instead. I’m not going to stop “complaining” just because some other city didn’t think to implement bike paths. We pay for these things, so they’re expected. Envy is for children.

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  12. This project in the image below required the Dutch 1.5 yrs to complete… I hope all managers of this project refrain from all tax complaint conversations not to mention the pooling/stagnation that is happening on the new trail after a moderate rainfall…

    http://imgur.com/a/DYn75

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  13. Hello Jason,
    It looks like re-surfacing of problem spots will be done. This is great and hopefully it doesn’t mean more delay. But what about that section coming off the downhill with the orange fencing? Most people with the slope are easily travelling 20km/h and then to hit a sand trap b/c of all the silt that’s collecting on the path. Given the construction was to improve the path, it seems unfair to leave this dangerous spot in place.
    Also can you tell us what’s going on with the section south of Riverdale bridge? Infrastructure for wayfinding is being put in place. Why is this happening when Phase II hasn’t even started? Is the infrastructure not going to be affected by the Phase II construction? There’s nothing worse than seeing money going to waste b/c projects aren’t coordinated.

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  14. Actual work going on today – irrigation alongside south part of the path – the first workers I have seen in the whole 16 months of closure… could it be… could it be…..almost completed??!!!

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  15. Hopefully there will be some kind of postmorten done so that future projects are managed a little better than this one. Also agree that the downhill section just south of Pottery is dangerous – a serious accident waiting to happen. Maybe the City should hire a contractor on an open ended contract to construct and then hammer in a plywood sign with “SAND” spray painted on it. Of course, that might delay the opening until “mid July, 2019”.

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