The City of Toronto has completed the Don Mills Crossing Trail Bridge Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify a recommended plan for a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge crossing the Canadian Pacific rail corridor to connect the existing Don Mills trail to the Wynford Drive extension.

The study recommends the preferred design of a bridge with elevated ramps and a staircase. The bridge will connect people walking and cycling between the Don Mills Trails north of the rail corridor to the proposed community and ravine and trail system to the south.

The bridge design includes:

  • 6.1 metre wide open-air bridge for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Steel I-girder structure
  • Accessible elevated ramps
  • An additional staircase connecting the bridge for more direct travel to Street ‘C’

The study has been carried out under Schedule ‘C’ of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA). Phases 1 and 2 were previously completed within the Don Mills Crossing Mobility Planning Study in 2019.

In July 2021, City Council adopted IE23.18 Don Mills Crossing Environmental Assessment and Eglinton Crosstown Wynford Stop Pedestrian Access.

The Environmental Study Report has been completed and was placed on the public record for a 30-day review period starting May 30, 2022 and ending on June 28, 2022.

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During the public comment period from March 1 to March 22, 2021, the project team received over 50 submissions via the feedback form, email and phone.

Generally, there was popular support for the bridge. There were questions about the rationale for the recommended preferred design and plans to further enhance the local trail and cycling network. Several questions were posed about whether this study includes the provision of a new trail connection from Leslie Street to the Don Mills Trail on the west side of the rail corridor.

Feedback included a range of design suggestions which will be carried forward into the detailed design process. These suggestions included further consideration for how cyclists and pedestrians will be separated, how the bridge design can be optimized to improve winter maintenance, provide seating where possible, and to ensure that the ramp interfaces with Don Mills Trail and Wynford Drive are safe.

A full public consultation summary report will be included as part of the final Environmental Study Report prepared for this study and posted on the public record.

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