Unwin Avenue Connection – Martin Goodman Trail
The Martin Goodman Trail (MGT) is part of a larger network of over 300 km of trails within the City of Toronto.
The Unwin Avenue section of the MGT will fill in a missing link to complete a 20+ km trail along Toronto’s waterfront from the western to the eastern beaches.
This connection was identified in the Baselands Trail Master Plan in April, 2015, and as part of Toronto’s 2016 Ten Year Cycling Network Plan. This trail connection will provide a safe and accessible route for trail users.
Construction began July 23, 2018 and the revised completion date is now Spring, 2019.
- Length: 740 metres
- Width: 4.1 metres
- Buffer: 3.9 – 17.15 metres
- Material: Asphalt Surface
- Slope: 5% maximum (1 in 20)
- Trail User Safety is addressed by moving the alignment south of Unwin Ave. into the Baselands, a minimum distance of 3.9 metres from the paved shoulder of Unwin Ave.
- Trail design must adhere to Accessibility of Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) minimum standards
- Trail design must follow Toronto Multi-use Trail Guidelines
- Stormwater is addressed through raising the trail above existing grade, installing culverts where necessary and addition of bioswales
- Mature Cottonwood trees are avoided wherever possible
- A barrier fence will be installed along the entire length of the trail to maintain Tommy Thompsons Park’s dog-free status and to deter trail users from establishing ad-hoc trails
- Eco-passages will be spaced every 20 metres to allow for movement of wildlife
- Disturbed areas will be restored following sustainable, natural landscape principles and best management practices
- Habitat opportunities will be enhanced in disturbed areas, wherever possible
- Bird nesting surveys will be completed prior to any implementation of construction works to ensure migratory bird breeding is not impacted
Trail Crossings and Amenities
- Features include pavement markings, warning signs, vehicle stop signs and painted stop bars to identify how cyclists and pedestrians can safely cross the two driveways into the Tommy Thompson Park parking lot (Figure 1)
- All features, signage and treatments will follow the City of Toronto Multi-Use Trail Guidelines (2015)
- A permanent crossing similar to Figure 2 (left) will be located at the west driveway into the Tommy Thompson Parking lot
- A resting node with benches will be located east of the crossing at Outer Harbour Marine Road (Figure 3)
- Post and paddle fencing will provide a barrier along the south of the trail (Figure 4)
This construction work involves a new 4-metre wide asphalt trail, located on the south side of Unwin Avenue within the Baselands, with connections to the existing Martin Goodman Trail at the Leslie Street and Outer Harbour Marina Road intersections.
Work is planned to start at the eastern portion and move west. Construction materials and equipment will use a portion of the parking lot at Unwin Avenue and Leslie Street for storage. Materials may also be mobilized in advance of construction work along or nearby the trail alignment during construction.
Construction activities also include: installation of a barrier fence with eco-passages, trail/driveway crossings, storm water management features, and a resting area with benches. Habitat opportunities will be enhanced wherever possible. Bird nesting surveys will be carried out early to mid-July to ensure migratory bird breeding is not impacted.
The existing chainlink fence on the south side of Unwin Avenue will be removed once construction is complete.
What to Expect During Construction
The contractor will complete most work Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with work after hours/overnight and on weekends as required.
Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of construction workers, vehicle traffic, cyclists and pedestrians. Road users should expect delays and slower traffic on Unwin Avenue.
The Leslie Street and Unwin Avenue intersection will remain open
Minor, intermittent traffic disruptions are expected for the eastbound lane of Unwin Avenue. A traffic control crew will be present during any partial lane closures in localized sections of work near the road.
Pedestrian & Cyclists Impacts
In order to complete the work in a safe manner, there will be road restrictions within the construction work zone. Please use caution around the construction work zones and the Leslie Street and Unwin Avenue intersection.
On Unwin Avenue, eastbound cyclists and pedestrians please follow traffic control crew during any partial lane closures.Cyclists may be asked to dismount.
On Leslie Street, cyclists and pedestrians can continue to use the trail located on the east side of Leslie Street.
Tommy Thompson Park Visitor Access
Access for pedestrian and cyclist visitors will be open. Please continue to use the park entrance at the southern terminus of Leslie Street.
Tommy Thompson Park Parking Lot
The Tommy Thompson Park parking lot will have a reduced number of parking spaces available for park visitors to allow for materials and equipment to be stored before and during construction.