Lower Don Trail
DTAH led the Master Plan effort for the Lower Don Trail, a six kilometre long corridor extending from Pottery Road in the north to Corktown Common. The intensification and development of new communities in the Lower Don Valley neighbourhoods will bring an estimated 80,000 new people into the core of the city. This new population will significantly increase the demands put on the Lower Don River valley lands as a place to recreate, commute and travel through.
The Master Plan recommends strategies to improve environmental protection and access, and to consider possibilities for public art in the Lower Don River valley lands. It provides a long-term strategy to establish a theme, create positive user experiences, and establishes guidelines and principles for future revitalization. The Master plan identified over 30 projects that can be implemented in multiple phases.
Access Improvement projects being implemented in Phase 1 include the Pottery Road Bridge and Connection and the new Belleville Underpass. Pottery Road Bridge is a new pedestrian/cycling bridge south of the existing arch bridge will connect the trail with the new Bayview Avenue Multi-Use Trail. The new bridge will provide users with a safe route that is separated from vehicular traffic along Pottery Road.
The new Belleville Underpass will be realigned and widened to create clear site lines that provide for a safe approach. The overall experience of travelling below the rail line will be greatly improved through the integration of seating and wayfinding elements that will promote this area as a special location along the trail.
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