The province announced funding today to make improvements on the west Toronto Railpath.
The plan will include improvements to the Dufferin St. Bridge, as part of GO Regional Express Rail (RER).
Metrolinx is expanding the Dufferin St. Bridge at Queen St. to accommodate the additional track needed for the Barrie GO corridor. The service improvements will also help enable the City of Toronto’s SmartTrack plan.
In addition, Metrolinx is partnering with the City of Toronto to extend the West Toronto Railpath multi-use trail to the West Queen West community. This extension will run along the existing rail corridor, connecting cyclists and pedestrians from Dupont St. to just east of Dufferin St. The Railpath will also connect to the future Dufferin-Peel Park that the City of Toronto is building.
The park will be a hub for West Toronto Railpath users, including cyclists and will include cycling amenities, landscaping, seating and terraces.
The bridge expansion contract was awarded to Ellis Don and has an award value of just over $8.4 million. Improvements are expected to take one year to complete.
Mayor John Tory was on hand for the funding announcement and says “These improvements to the Dufferin Bridge will help more Toronto residents get downtown on SmartTrack and GO RER. It will allow for the extension of the vital cycling and pedestrian corridor along the West Toronto Railpath and it will create a great new public park that will contribute to the quality of life for local residents.”