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August 11, 2007 - TORONTO AND REGION CONSERVATION & WATERFRONT TORONTO
are happy to announce that the Don River Trail between Queen Street East and the Martin Goodman Trail has been officially reopened in the morning of Saturday August 11, 2007.

When you have the opportunity to use this section of the trail once again, we hope that you will notice the:

  1. Significant widening of the railway crossing over the Don, which has been undertaken to improve the conveyance of flood water through this area;
  2. Enhancements to the trail crossing underneath the new bridge extension which will improve sight lines and visibility for trail users, reduce the path's gradient as it goes underneath the railway bridge, widen the pathway for increased safety, and elevate the pathway to reduce the frequency of inundation during high river levels; and
  3. Location of the new trail crossing under the tracks that follow the west bank of the Don River. This new crossing will connect the Don River Trail with the future West Don Lands Community and Don River Park. This new crossing will remain closed to the public until the Don River Park has been completed to the west of the tracks, sometime in late 2008 - early 2009.

Users of the trail during the week of August 13 to 20 will also notice some construction occurring along the west bank of the river on the north side of the new railway bridge. Construction crews will be using small excavators and bobcats to complete a new outlook in this area which will give trail users a safe and excellent view of the river. During this period of time, trail users are asked to use CAUTION when travelling down this section of the trail in order to avoid the machinery, and to respect the direction of safety personnel on site.

Trail users may also notice a barge and divers in the Don River underneath the railway bridge during the week of August 13 to 20. Divers will be cutting away the last pieces of steel sheets that formed the original river bank prior to the start of this project.

Orange snow fencing will installed on either side of the trail and left on site until October 2007. These fences will be used to reduce traffic onto the exposed soils bounding the trail, which cannot be planted until cooler and wetter conditions prevail in September. We ask that trail users respect these fence lines to ensure that the site remains undisturbed until TRCA nursery crews are able to complete the plantings on site.

We apologize for the delays in the reopening of this section of trail but we hope that everyone will enjoy the changes that have been made.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
We would also like to thank CN, GO Transit, Hydro One, the City of Toronto, Ontario Realty Corporation, Group Telecom, Rogers Cable, Toronto Terminals Railway, Toronto Hydro, Toronto Economic Development Corporation, the consultant team of Totten Sims Hubicki, UMA Consultants, and the Concreate USL team for working so hard over the last 2 years to make this complex project a success. We would especially like acknowledge the efforts of our dedicated members of the Community Liaison Committee and everyone else that had attended our consultation events throughout the planning process for the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Lower Don River West Remedial Flood Protection Project , 2003.

The first component of the Class EA, the railway bridge extension, is nearly completed. Component 2 identified in the Class EA, the Flood Protection Landform, is being led by the Ontario Realty Corporation on behalf of Waterfront Toronto and TRCA, and is currently underway in the West Don Lands which is scheduled for completion in late 2008.

If you have any other comments or questions, please feel free to contact Ken Dion at kdion@trca.on.ca.

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Meeting Summaries

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PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE AND MEETING #3, Tuesday, September 21, 2004
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PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE AND MEETING #2, Thursday, April 29, 2004
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LDRW Meeting 2 Summary Notes - April 29, 2004

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE AND MEETING #1, Monday, January 19, 2004
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LDRW Meeting 1 Summary Notes - January 19, 2004

Class EA for the Lower Don River West Remedial Flood Protection Project

October 6, 2005 - Class EA for the Lower Don River West Remedial Flood Protection Project - Notice of Project Approval

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) has now completed the planning and design process approved under the Environmental Assessment Act in Conservation Ontario’s Class Environmental Assessment for Remedial Flood and Erosion Control Projects for undertaking a remedial project regarding the removal of risk due to flooding of 210 hectares of land located west of the Don River near Lake Ontario in the City of Toronto.

We thank you for your interest, and for your participation in the planning of this project. Digital copies of the Notice of Project Approval are available for download below and from the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation.

Notice of Project Approval- 49K Acrobat Icon

January 18, 2005 - Class EA for the Lower Don River West Remedial Flood Protection Project is Available for Public Review

Be advised that the Draft Class EA for the Lower Don River West Remedial Flood Protection Project has been submitted for a 30 day public review.

Hard copies of the Class EA document are available for review at:

TRCA Head Office (5 Shoreham Drive)
TWRC Head Office (207 Queen's Quay West - Suite 822)
St. Lawrence Library (171 Front Street East)
Toronto City Hall - City Clerks Secretariat (100 Queen Street East)
Toronto Metro Hall - Urban Affairs Reference Library (55 John Street).

Digital copies of the Class EA are available for download below and from the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation.

Digital copies of the official Notice of Filing Document for Review and the fourth edition of the LDRW News newsletter are also available for download below.

Please feel free to review and comment on the draft Class EA. You may submit any comments or questions by mail, email or fax to:

Michelle Vanderwel
Don Watershed Administrative Clerk
Toronto and Region Conservation
5 Shoreham Drive Downsview, ON, M3N 1S4
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext. 5280
Fax: 416-661-6278
mvanderwel@trca.on.ca

Class EA Cover Page - [380K] Acrobat Icon

Class EA Part 1 Executive Summary- [1,080K] Acrobat Icon

Class EA Part 2 Table of Contents- [136K] Acrobat Icon

Class EA Part 3 Sections 1-3- [1,640K] Acrobat Icon

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Class EA Part 6 Section 6-7- [8,170K] Acrobat Icon

Class EA Part 7 Bibliography - [164K] Acrobat Icon

Appendices:

Appendix A Public Consultation Details
Appendix B Mississaugas of New Credit
Appendix C Correspondence with Stakeholders
Appendix D Hydraulic Modelling Details
Appendix E Aquatics Report
Appendix F Terrestrial Natural Heritage Report
Appendix G Cultural Heritage Report
Appendix H Geo Environmental Study
Appendix I Rail Transportation Study
Appendix J Terrapex & Terraprobe Reports
Appendix K East Bank Flood Protection Alternatives

If you wish to view any of the appendices please contact Ken Dion at kdion@trca.on.ca

Bala Subdivision Underpass

August 11, 2007 - TORONTO AND REGION CONSERVATION & WATERFRONT TORONTO
are happy to announce that the Don River Trail between Queen Street East and the Martin Goodman Trail has been officially reopened in the morning of Saturday August 11, 2007.

When you have the opportunity to use this section of the trail once again, we hope that you will notice the:

  1. Significant widening of the railway crossing over the Don, which has been undertaken to improve the conveyance of flood water through this area;
  2. Enhancements to the trail crossing underneath the new bridge extension which will improve sight lines and visibility for trail users, reduce the path's gradient as it goes underneath the railway bridge, widen the pathway for increased safety, and elevate the pathway to reduce the frequency of inundation during high river levels; and
  3. Location of the new trail crossing under the tracks that follow the west bank of the Don River. This new crossing will connect the Don River Trail with the future West Don Lands Community and Don River Park. This new crossing will remain closed to the public until the Don River Park has been completed to the west of the tracks, sometime in late 2008 - early 2009.

Users of the trail during the week of August 13 to 20 will also notice some construction occurring along the west bank of the river on the north side of the new railway bridge. Construction crews will be using small excavators and bobcats to complete a new outlook in this area which will give trail users a safe and excellent view of the river. During this period of time, trail users are asked to use CAUTION when travelling down this section of the trail in order to avoid the machinery, and to respect the direction of safety personnel on site.

Trail users may also notice a barge and divers in the Don River underneath the railway bridge during the week of August 13 to 20. Divers will be cutting away the last pieces of steel sheets that formed the original river bank prior to the start of this project.

Orange snow fencing will installed on either side of the trail and left on site until October 2007. These fences will be used to reduce traffic onto the exposed soils bounding the trail, which cannot be planted until cooler and wetter conditions prevail in September. We ask that trail users respect these fence lines to ensure that the site remains undisturbed until TRCA nursery crews are able to complete the plantings on site.

We apologize for the delays in the reopening of this section of trail but we hope that everyone will enjoy the changes that have been made.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
We would also like to thank CN, GO Transit, Hydro One, the City of Toronto, Ontario Realty Corporation, Group Telecom, Rogers Cable, Toronto Terminals Railway, Toronto Hydro, Toronto Economic Development Corporation, the consultant team of Totten Sims Hubicki, UMA Consultants, and the Concreate USL team for working so hard over the last 2 years to make this complex project a success. We would especially like acknowledge the efforts of our dedicated members of the Community Liaison Committee and everyone else that had attended our consultation events throughout the planning process for the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Lower Don River West Remedial Flood Protection Project , 2003.

The first component of the Class EA, the railway bridge extension, is nearly completed. Component 2 identified in the Class EA, the Flood Protection Landform, is being led by the Ontario Realty Corporation on behalf of Waterfront Toronto and TRCA, and is currently underway in the West Don Lands which is scheduled for completion in late 2008.

If you have any other comments or questions, please feel free to contact Ken Dion at kdion@trca.on.ca.

April 11, 2006 - Award to Undertake Construction of Kingston Subdivision Bridge Extension and Bala Pedestrian Underpass at Don River

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and CN Railway have awarded a contract to Underground Services (1983) Ltd. to undertake the construction of the Kingston Subdivision Bridge Extension and Bala Pedestrian Underpass at the Don River. Construction start-up will commence over the next 7 to 14 days.

As part of the construction start-up, security fencing will be installed across the Don Watershed Trail at Martin Goodman Trail and at the Queen Street flyover. It is anticipated that this trail will be officially closed to public access by April 17, 2006 and will remain closed into Spring 2007. Please see the entry below this one for the map detailing the area of trail closure. We want to thank you for your involvement in helping us reach this momentous occasion throughout the development of the Class EA for the Lower Don River West Remedial Flood Protection Project, and in the development of detailed designs. Construction of these two project components are the critical first steps in realizing the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation's vision for a renewed waterfront, and the partial removal of TRCA's highest priority for flood protection in our jurisdiction.

TRCA will continue to provide updates as key milestones are reached throughout the construction of these two project components. For more information, contact Ken Dion, Project Manager, at (416) 661-6600 ext. 5230 or at kdion@trca.on.ca.

January 9, 2006 - Lower Don River West Remedial Flood Protection Project - Notice of Trail Closure

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) is now beginning work on the Lower Don River West Remedial Flood Protection Project. To facilitate this work, the Don Valley Trail will be temporarily closed from Queen Street south to Lakeshore Blvd. from April 2006 through to Spring 2007. This section of trail will be fully upgraded with a new, widened section under the rail bridge and a new underpass connecting to Mill or Front Street and the future West Don Lands community.

Updates for Projects by Waterfront Toronto

West Don Lands Project Updates

TTC-TWRC Waterfront Transit Environmental Assessments

Functional Design

Lower Don River West Pedestrian Tunnel Under Bala Subdivision Functional Design Report - 325K Acrobat Icon

Detailed Design

Pedestrian Underpass Bala Subdivision Detailed Design - 432K Acrobat Icon