Metrolinx is planning to grade-separate the railway tracks that run along the east side of our neighbourhood (between Campbell Ave. and Lansdowne) and the CN Tracks on the north side of our neighbourhood (between Dupont and Davenport). Here's the Google Map link.
Currently, these tracks cross each other at-grade, meaning that they intersect at ground level. Trains travelling along the north-south tracks must wait for east-west trains to finish passing through before they can proceed, and vice-versa. The grade separation plan proposes to elevate the north-south GO Transit Barrie Line tracks over the Davenport Diamond, eliminating the intersection and train traffic conflicts.
Though no details have been provided yet about exactly how this grade separation will occur, the summary basically goes like this:
Timelines, construction methods, costs/funding, and other details have not been provided yet, though I expect some of that will be made available soon.
This thread will be updated as we continue to find out more. All comments and discussions related to this project will be consolidated here too.
Note: Grade separation was previously discussed in 2009 with a few options proposed, but this ended up getting rolled into a larger Barrie corridor expansion EA and shelved until recently.
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NOTE: I haven't been keeping up with posting about this project (and other things) here on the JT website recently. If you're interested in following this issue closely and working with a group of local residents who are opposed to the bridge being built, please check out Options For Davenport on their website, Facebook group, and Twitter @Opt4Davenport.