New Pedestrian & Cycling Bridge Over Rail Corridor

wide pedestrian bridge with long ramps on both sides
Artistic rendering of the Pedestrian & Cycling Bridge looking south – detailed design to be determined

Overview

Study area to connect the existing Don Mills Trail to the Wynford Drive Extension

The City of Toronto is developing designs for a new pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Canadian Pacific Rail (CPR) corridor to connect the existing Don Mills Trail to the Wynford Drive Extension within the future Crosstown Development at Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East.

This bridge would provide a new multi-use trail connection and access to enjoy the ravine and its natural heritage.

Functional design options for the bridge structure and ramp approaches will be presented, along with a comparative valuation of each alternative and a draft recommendation for a preferred design.

The study is following Phases 3 and 4 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA), a planning and decision-making process for implementing infrastructure projects. Phases 1 and 2 were previously completed within the Don Mills Crossing Mobility Planning Study in 2019.

Recommend design elements include the following:

  • One (1) metre wide open-air bridge for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Steel I-girder structure using a “steel ribbon” concept for concealing the substructure beneath bridge
  • Accessible by elevated ramps on piers approximately 200 meters long on each side with a grade of no more than 5%
  • An additional staircase connecting the bridge for more direct travel to Street ‘C’

Further elements, such as lighting, public art, signage, and landscaping, will be decided during detail design after completion of this study.

Following consideration of feedback from the public and stakeholders, a final report will be prepared and will be considered by City Council in mid-2021. The Environmental Study Report for the project will then be made available to the public for a 30-day review period. The proposed timeline for construction has yet to be determined.

Provide Your Feedback

Review the materials below and provide your input using this feedback form or via email using the contact provided on this page.

Comments received by March 22, 2021, will be included in the final report.