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Anonymous's avatar
Mar 20, 2020 - 15:35

mike koroshun
Thu, Jan 9, 1:59 AM
to davenport

Hi there!

In your Davenport Diamond Guideway and Greenway FAQ you state:

"The diversion track will be constructed to temporarily shift the track to the east side of the Rail Corridor. This will allow for the elevated guideway to be constructed on the west side of the Rail Corridor."

How is it going to work? Can you shine some light on it? The passage it extremely narrow especially near the diamond itself. There are buildings on both sides of the current track. Will you be removing some of the buildings?

Metrolinx's avatar

Mar 24, 2020 - 09:35

The existing rail corridor has sufficient width to construct the diversion track to the east of the existing track. There will be no buildings removed to facilitate the work, however, Metrolinx has acquired additional lands adjacent to the railway corridor to construct the diversion track.

Anonymous's avatar

Mar 20, 2020 - 16:30

In many of the renderings, the space under the guideway is fenced off from adjoining streets. Is it really planned to install fences like this? If so, why?

Metrolinx's avatar

Mar 24, 2020 - 09:52

The area under and adjacent to the proposed guideway will be fenced to facilitate the construction of the Public Realm (by another contractor) once the guideway project is completed. Access will be provided through the railway corridor at several locations.   

Anonymous's avatar
Mar 30, 2020 - 21:32

Could you please demonstrate any budgeted commitment to fully realizing the public realm components of this project? I'm very concerned that there is nothing holding Metrolinx to fulfilling this aspect of the project. Vague promises, a history of railroading this community, and the back-ending of any local public benefit suggests that Metrolinx will walk away when the construction on the bridge has been completed.
I believe that you should not be able to proceed until these commitments are confirmed and budgeted for, with appropriate penalties should plans go unrealized.
I would love to be proven wrong, as I believe amenities like pedestrian bridges across Bloor, Dupont, and Davenport could have substantial community benefit, and that a lively space in and around the Wallace crossing could at least provide some lasting benefits.

Thank you

Metrolinx's avatar

Apr 1, 2020 - 15:26

Metrolinx will be proceeding with the Davenport Diamond Public Realm project. A capital and maintenance budget have been developed in order to get approval to proceed with procurment of a Design Consultant.

Anonymous's avatar
Mar 31, 2020 - 10:59

When exactly is the Diamond Grade where the CP and Metrolinx cross going to start construction? I live right at that rail junction and it is going to affect me.

Metrolinx's avatar

Mar 31, 2020 - 15:52

Early Works to install diversion track: April - September 2020

  •  Includes work at diamond and surrounding area for installation of shoring wall, diversion track, and temporary diamond to cross CP tracks
  • Trains transferred to diversion track (including temporary diamond)

Construction of MSE Walls and Elevated Structure: September 2020 - May 2022 

  •  Includes work at diamond for installation of bridge structure over CP tracks March - August 2021
  • Trains moved onto New West Mainline on elevated guideway

Construction of New East Mainline: May 2022 - March 2023

  •  Limited work at diamond
Anonymous's avatar
Mar 31, 2020 - 11:00

Will the construction timeline change because of the COVID 19 emergency?

Metrolinx's avatar

Mar 31, 2020 - 15:48

At this time, we do not foresee any impacts to the construction schedule. We’re working with our contractors to adapt worksites to protect the health and safety of our workers as we continue to build critical and essential infrastructure across our region. 

Anonymous's avatar

Mar 31, 2020 - 15:20

I've just learned that this project is going ahead despite the COVID-19 emergency. Please delay construction until residents are able to leave their homes.

Metrolinx's avatar

Apr 1, 2020 - 15:29

At this point, work on our construction sites continues to move forward as planned. This was confirmed by the Premier last week. However, Metrolinx maintains a clear expectation for all of our contractors to ensure the health and safety of all their workers and if that cannot be guaranteed, work must immediately cease. Both Metrolinx and our contractors are working proactively to adapt the worksites to protect the health and safety of workers as we continue to build important infrastructure across the region. This is a very fluid situation, and adjustments will be made if required.

Anonymous's avatar
Apr 4, 2020 - 02:43

Please cancel all work due to noise during this unpresidental time, we are all home due to Covid 19, we are trying to work from home, teach from home and staying home and do not need the extra issue of noise. Consider the residents, stop, cancel all work for now.

Anonymous's avatar
Apr 4, 2020 - 03:03

Please consider postponing the construction until life gets back to normal (covid-19) the noise pollution will cause an extra stress to families that are trapped at home and already living under an enormous burden.

Anonymous's avatar
Apr 4, 2020 - 09:14

Please consider postponing construction until social distancing lockdown has finished. It will be difficult to endure at the best of times even when we have the choice to get away from the noise

Anonymous's avatar
Apr 4, 2020 - 12:33

This is absurd. We’re in the middle of a global health emergency that has killed thousands of people, and we’re basically under lockdown in our homes for who knows how long. But Metrolinx thinks *this* is the time to launch a project that will further erode the quality of life of hundreds of Toronto residents?! You’re not building a hospital or emergency housing so this is not essential work. Please halt construction now and let the Junction Triangle community have some much needed peace.