Roads and Trails

Lower Don Trail Improvements

The Lower Don Trail is now open!

All major is work is complete.

See recent photos of the upgrades and project history on the project's construction blog.

modified photograph of trail with cyclists, pedestrians, train and sitting bench

The Lower Don Trail is a 4.7 kilometre section of multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists that runs along the Don River, from Pottery Road to Corktown Commons.

This project includes a number of works to improve the conditions of the existing trail and access into the surrounding trail network. These improvements are based on the Lower Don Trail Master Plan (2013)

The Lower Don Trail is a key part of the Pan Am Path, an 82 kilometre trail to link community across Toronto, which will be an important legacy of the Pan Am / Parapan Games.

 

Phase 1 Construction

Start: September 2015.  Completion: Mid-September 2017

First phase of construction includes:

  • New pedestrian bridge at Pottery Road
  • Improvements to the Belleville Underpass
  • Trail repairs between Pottery Road and the Riverdale Bridge

 

Also in parallel:

  • Bayview Avenue Multi-Use Trail installation (Completed)

 

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Construction Blog

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 See graphic renderings and further details about this project in the sections below.

photograph of Pottery Road (existing conditions)1. Pottery Road Bridge and Connection

A new bridge for pedestrians and cyclist to connect the new Pottery Road Trailhead and the new Bayview Avenue Multi-Use Trail, will be at ground level (at-grade) and separated from motorized traffic.

 

 

2. Bayview Avenue Multi-Use Path

On the east side of Bayview Avenue, a new bi-directional trail separated from traffic will be installed. The trail will be between 3.5-4 metres wide and will connect  with the existing multi-use trail on Bayview Avenue.. Two sections of the trail will be installed – From Pottery Road to south of the Brickworks, and from south of Bloor Street to Rosedale Valley Road.

3. Trail Surface Improvements

A review of existing trail conditions from Pottery Road to Belleville Underpass will be carried out. A number of recommendations will be made and will identify where minor improvements are needed to address safety, circulation, visibility/sight-lines.

photograph of Belleville Underpass (existing)4. Belleville Underpass Realignment

The Belleville underpass will be

  • re-aligned and widened,
  • the grade/slope will be reduced
  • sight lines will be improved
  • lighting may be installed, as required

In addition, the existing public art may  be re-installed with the support and advice from a public artist.

 

5. Staircases at Dundas and Gerrard streets

The bridges over the Don River at Dundas Street and Gerrard Street provide two major crossings to connect the east and west sides of the Don Valley. New  stairs from the sidewalk on the bridge to the valley below will be installed. The new staircase will include a A bike trough for cyclists to use, to help guide their bikes as they walk up or down the staircase.

photograph of trail (existing)6. Trail Widening and Drainage

The existing trail located between Belleville and Bala underpasses will be widened to 3.5-4 metres (where necessary), resurfaced, along with drainage/flood resilience improvements and minor realignments.

 

 

7. Art Fence

An art fence to reflect the existing conditions, natural, cultural and industrial heritage of the Don Valley will be installed. A competition will be held to retain an artist to provide creative concepts and designs for the fence. The art fence will replace the existing fence between Riverdale Park bridge to Corktown Common and will run along the west side of the trail. The artist may also identify other opportunity for improve the appeal of this parkland feature.

Pottery Road Bridge and Connection

Belleville Underpass Realignment