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Highly anticipated West Toronto Railpath Extension unveils design

Following a recent public consultation meeting showcasing the final design elements of the highly anticipated West Toronto Railpath (WTR) extension, the project is soon to become a reality. This next phase will expand on the first phase completed in 2008, taking into account lessons learned, and extend the multi-use trail from Dundas Street West at Sterling Road to Abell Street at Sudbury Street.

This project allows Montgomery Sisam Architects, to draw upon our expertise in the design of award-winning bridges, including the John Street Bridge, the Fort York Cycle and Pedestrian Bridge, and the acclaimed Humber River Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge. Our scope of work includes the construction of four pedestrian-cycle bridges, three of which support the trail as it crosses over top of roadways (Lansdowne Avenue, Brock Street and Queen Street West). The fourth bridge will cross the Barrie Rail Corridor, linking the WRT to the Junction Triangle. This section of the design will require the construction of an aesthetically pleasing 2,150mm high solid isolation barrier, to safely separate pedestrians from the electrified trains below.

Not only will the WTR extension provide important green space, as well as pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, it will also facilitate interaction between community members, fostering community stewardship opportunities, and provide opportunities for public art projects along its length.

This project will be completed in collaboration with Hatch Engineering and Forrec Landscape Architects.