Jane's Walk: Diamonds Aren't Forever

May 3 2015 13:00
May 3 2015 13:00

Davenport DiamondDavenport Diamond

This Jane's Walk will take place on Sunday May 3 at 1:00 PM. Details are on the Jane's Walk website.

The Davenport Diamond is a railway intersection near Dupont St. and Lansdowne Ave. where the East-West CP Rail tracks and North-South GO Transit Barrie Line tracks meet. More info here: http://www.junctiontriangle.ca/DavenportDiamond

Currently, these rail lines cross at-grade. GO/Metrolinx is planning to remove the "diamond" intersection by building a bridge to elevate their Barrie Line tracks over CP Rail's tracks. This would allow GO trains to pass through the intersection with no delays caused by passing freight trains. The bridge would start ramping up from just north of Bloor St., peaking at 8.5m high over the diamond, and returning to grade at around Davenport Rd.

Newly created space under the bridge is intended to be given over to the community for amenities such as parkland, a trail, additional crossings through the rail corridor, etc. No actual plans have been finalized yet, but Metrolinx has chosen this general idea as a "preferred option", and is pushing to have this approved as soon as possible.

This Jane's Walk will be highly interactive, as residents discuss both positive and negative impacts that this massive piece of infrastructure will have on the surrounding Ward 17/18 Davenport neighbourhoods (Junction Triangle, Bloordale, Carlton Village, etc.). This may include, but is certainly not limited to: Opening new crossings through the corridor (e.g Paton Rd., Antler St. / Lappin Ave.), visual impact of the bridge through our neighbourhoods, possible park/trail expansions, noise issues with elevated trains, construction impact, etc. Walk attendees are encouraged to come with ideas.

Information and notes will be posted on the Junction Triangle community website.

Meet at south end of Erwin Krickhahn Park on Rankin Cres (north of Bloor St., west of Campbell Ave.). Group of people should be easy to find.

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