New off road trails or upgrades to existing ones.
One type of bicycling trail being built is off road and along creeks or waterways. many of them are commuter trails. Work is just about to begin on the Etobicoke Creek. It has the potential to go all the way to the airport eventually. Here is the schedule just released.
←Below is the text of a recent notice regarding the Lake Shore Boulevard bridge, from the PDF document available the City of Toronto construction information website.
The original PDF includes a photo of the underside of the current version of the bridge:
**October 23, 2012
Lake Shore Boulevard Bridge Reconstruction
Expected Project Start Date: Mid-November 2012
Expected Project Completion Date: November 2013
Map of work Area
Over the next year, the City of Toronto will be reconstructing the Lake Shore Boulevard West Bridge over the Etobicoke Creek. The bridge is located on the border of the City of Toronto and the City of Mississauga, and approximately 100 metres west of Forty Second Street on Lake Shore Boulevard West.
The bridge reconstruction work includes road surface, deck, sidewalk, abutment, installation of a new bike lane in both directions on the bridge, and improvements to the walk/bike pathway under the bridge, which connects to the trail through Marie Curtis Park. This bridge requires reconstruction in order to extend its service life and remain safe for vehicles and pedestrians in to the future. This project is part of the City of Toronto Bridge Rehabilitation program.
Bridge reconstruction will be carried out in two stages:
Stage1: South side – Expected: Mid-November 2012 to June 2013
Stage 2: North side – Expected: June 2013 to November 2013
As with all construction projects, there will be noise, dust and temporary inconveniences. In order to complete the work effectively and in a safe manner, some pedestrian and traffic restrictions will be necessary. During each stage of the work, traffic on Lake Shore Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction with one sidewalk on the bridge opened at all times and the other sidewalk replaced with a temporary walkway to accommodate pedestrian movement.
Pedestrian and vehicle access across the bridge will be maintained at all times. Access to driveways and cross streets shall be maintained at all times. Every effort will be made to reduce the inconvenience. The City appreciates your understanding and co-operation.
**Walkway and Bike Trail Closed for Repair
**The walkway/bike pathway under the bridge will be closed to the public during construction. Trail users will be provided with a signed detour route along Forty Second Street and Forty Third Street, including temporary pedestrian traffic signals to cross Lakeshore Boulevard West.
Temporary Pedestrian Traffic Signals
A temporary pedestrian traffic signal will be installed east of the Forty Second Street to facilitate north/south pedestrian movement across Lakeshore Boulevard West.
Construction work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. Extended hours and weekend work may be required in order to complete the construction on schedule.
The project will include the following:
Removal and replacement of existing bridge superstructure including asphalt and waterproofing, parapets and railings, sidewalk and concrete deck slab and beams
Removal and reconstruction of bridge abutments and footings
Construction of new approach slabs, sidewalks and parapet walls complete with new aluminum railings
New bike lanes in both directions on the bridge
Reconstruction and improvements to the walkway/bike pathway under the bridge along the east abutment, including widening of the path way and installation of railing
Further notice will be given prior to construction with a more accurate start date and other information regarding the work. Your co-operation and patience during the construction period is crucial and appreciated.
For More Information
Project Website: www.toronto.ca/improvements
Contact: City’s Project Manager, Nisar Patel, P. Eng.
24 hours: General Enquiries: 311; TTY Customers: 416-338-0889
Councillor: Mark Grimes, Ward 6, Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Existing under bridge pathway (looking north) to be upgraded
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