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Lower Don River gets as straight edges for Don Valley Parkway, for the Bloor St to Gardiner Expressway

 

 

In this drawing the darker winding line is the natural flow of the Don River, and the the straight line with the angled hatching is the steel pile created path for the River.

 

“160,000 square feet of steel sheet piling was driven along the edge to contain the embankment at a height of eight feet above the normal river level. The portion of the embankment adjacent to the piling has been backfilled with slag, since its lighter weight will reduce the dead load on the piling.”

Excerpt From
BIENNIAL REPORT OF THE METROPOLITAN TORONTO DEPT. OF ROADS.
METROPOLITAN TORONTO, ONT. DEPT. OF ROADS

1962 to 1964

 

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Train tracks removed

Just west of the Keating Railway bridge these railway tracks are being removed, as part of the Port Lands Flood Protection Project, week ending Feb 1 2020.

this effort could also be considered to be part of the Don River Mouth Naturalization project, which can be said to be the most important environmental re naturalization project in Toronto in decades, begun in 2019 and continuing though 2024 the month of the don river will be remade from the 1950’s straighten and curve at 90 degrees realignment.

 

Here is what the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority states about the changes occurring though to 2024

 

The Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project (DMNP) is a precedent-setting undertaking aimed at revitalizing the mouth of the Don River. The DMNP will ultimately transform the existing mouth of the Don River, including the Keating Channel, into a healthier, more naturalized river outlet, while simultaneously providing critical flood protection to 240 ha of Toronto’s eastern waterfront. source link

 

 

 

 

A Brief History of the Port Lands

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Locking up though the Gardiner Expressway at the sky, right now for a few day more.

The green steel structure to the right is the east bound lanes.

The west bound lanes of the Gardiner Expressway at Parliament St have been removed, and work on removing and repairing part of the support structure is taking place this week.

Prefabricated sections of steel and concrete deck will be sat on two existing support arches where you can now see the sky.

 

Gardiner Expressway rehab ramp at Don River under structure repair starts today

Gardiner Expressway rehab  ramp at Don River under structure repair starts Aug 15 2019