The City of Toronto is reconstructing Military Trail from Ellesmere Road to Highcastle Road. The road reconstruction will include construction of a sidewalk on the west side of Military Trail and a reduction in the speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h.

Due to the watermain break in early 2017, the road required emergency repairs. The City temporarily fixed the road and now a permanent repair is required.

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The road reconstruction of Military Trail, from Ellesmere Road to Highcastle Road, is now planned for late summer 2021 with an estimated completion date of summer 2022. During construction, this section of Military Trail will be closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Originally scheduled for 2020, this work was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Toronto Water is currently working on the Highland Creek Outfall structure, which has also impacted the construction start date.

Toronto Water is undertaking an emergency repair of a storm sewer outfall in Upper East Highland Creek between Highway 401 and Military Trail (adjacent to 40 and 42 Creekwood Drive). More recently, the scope of work was altered to include a rip-rap wall within the creek area. This required work has caused a delay in the start date of the road reconstruction.

This repair work is needed to protect the exposed storm sewer outfall that has become damaged due to erosion. The repair work will also prevent damage to the existing storm sewer and adjacent sanitary sewer.

Public Drop-in Event

A Public Drop-In Event was held at Seven Oaks Park Community BBQ on August 14, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Approximately 30 people attended the drop-in event.

Event Materials

Map showing the extents of the construction project on Military Trail from Highcastle Road to Ellesmere Road

Road Reconstruction

  • Following the watermain break in early 2017, the City temporarily fixed the road and now road reconstruction is required as a permanent repair.
  • Road reconstruction involves the removal of the existing road base which is rebuilt to current City standards.

Road Realignment

  • The road will be realigned to accommodate a new sidewalk.
  • Retaining walls in the form of armour stone walls and vegetated soil retaining walls are required for soil stabilization as a result of the road realignment.
  • Trees will be removed to allow the new road and sidewalk to be installed.


  • A new sidewalk will be constructed on the west side of Military Trail for the entire length of road.
  • New guiderails and handrails will be installed along sections of the new sidewalk.

Green Infrastructure

  • Green infrastructure will be installed by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to capture storm water runoff from the new road.
  • Water run off will be captured and filtered through stone treatments at various locations along the road and be dispersed to the surrounding grassed area. The design, provided by TRCA, maintains environmental integrity and integration into the existing eco structure.
  • This Green Infrastructure will also reduce the impact on the City’s current storm water infrastructure.

Bridge Rehabilitation

  • The Military Trail bridge over Highland Creek will be rehabilitated to meet modern standards.
  • The sidewalk, parapet walls and bearings will be replaced.
  • Deteriorated concrete will be repaired.
  • The bridge will be re-waterproofed and repaved.