Construction Starting Soon – No Trail Closures Expected this Fall

Lower Don Construction Sign (24 inches wide)

Lower Don Construction Sign (24 inches wide)

After some minor delays with utilities and permits,  we anticipate the contractor, Soncin Construction, to be on site before the end of October.

Eight new trail construction signs (as shown at right) have been posted at highly visible locations.  Thanks to everyone who came to the September 14 public event and provided some useful feedback and suggestions for improving our signage plan.  These signs will be updated with bright and large notices when closures are planned.

Good news! The contractor is confident they can conduct all their initial site preparation and some major tasks for replacing the Belleville Rail Underpass without any ongoing trail closures.  That means the trail should remain open for the fall of 2015.

That said, do expect some narrowing of the trail, less stable trail surface, and delays from trucks being escorted to and from work areas along the trail, and with other minor disruptions.

Lower Don Construction Areas and Detour Map

Lower Don Construction Areas and Detour Map Click to view larger

Expect Tail Closures in 2016

We do expect there will need to be some extended trail closures to complete the work over the winter and likely into the spring.  We’ll publish closure dates and notices on this blog and on trail signs once dates are confirmed (so be sure to subscribe to this blog to get closure notices via email).

For more information about the project, view the information panels on the project web page.

And check out some answers posted in the comments section on our previous blog posts. Submit your new questions and suggestions in the comments here.

Have a great fall and Go Jays Go!

Lower Don Trail Public Drop-in Tonight! 4:30-8pm, St. Simons, 525 Bloor St. E.

Learn more details about the Lower Don Trail Improvements, and speak directly with staff and the consulting team about how construction will be carried out.

Date: Tuesday September 15, 2015
Drop-in Time: 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: St. Simons-the-Apostle Anglican Church, 525 Bloor St. E.

All information panels from tonight’s event are now online for viewing at toronto.ca/lowerdontrail (and embedded below).

Download PDF version of above information panels (12MB)

Read accessible text from information panels

We hope to see you there tonight!