March 2017 Construction Progress Report.

Sewer pipe linings awaiting placement.

Sewer pipe linings awaiting placement.

Work proceeds in full swing on the sewer relining project. Instead of replacing the sewers, new linings are being pushed and pulled to line the insides of the original pipe. Apparently this will allow a few more years before the old pipes need to be replaced. This means another 18 months of heavy slogging along the Humber valley.

Workers access the main sewer in preparation for re-lining.

Workers access the main sewer in preparation for re-lining.

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City of Toronto map showing the path of the sewer and its main access points.

The footbridge connecting Lions Park with Hickory Tree Road is almost complete and will make a difference to the many people on foot who move between Weston and Etobicoke. The new version is wider, all metal (except for railings and trim) and has viewing decks that will be useful during soccer games on the artificial turf below.

One of the decks of the new footbridge during construction.

One of the decks of the new footbridge during construction.

The new bridge shouldn’t require salt (the old wooden one was regularly salted in winter) and it will have bicycle troughs for walking bicycles up and down.

The leash free zone further down Raymore Park is taking shape. The surface has been laid and fencing is under way. The two areas for different sized dogs are becoming evident. This project should be ready by summer.

Panoramic view of the new area looking north. Click to zoom.

Panoramic view of the new area looking north. Click to zoom.

Finally, although the Humber River retaining wall was completed late last year, the staging area used to construct the project has been restored and now this blank canvas awaits re-planting, hopefully this spring.

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8 thoughts on “March 2017 Construction Progress Report.

  1. Jill

    Thanks for the update, Roy. Things are moving along and I look forward to visiting in the summer. Still not sure about that leash-free…

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    1. Roy Murray Post author

      Yes, we’ll see how things go with it. It might give some well needed relief to the wild area opposite the new retaining wall.

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  2. Anne Simmons

    Thanks so much. I enjoy your updates.One question though. Will there still be enough willows available for those of us who like to cut and make willow whistles? Anne (Heslop ) Simmons

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  3. Roy Murray Post author

    Thanks Anne. I would think there’s enough to go around, especially further down the river.

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  4. Hans Havermann

    “Instead of replacing the sewers, new linings are being pushed and pulled to line the insides of the original pipe. Apparently this will allow a few more years before the old pipes need to be replaced.”

    Are you in a position to confirm my impression that the sewer crosses (runs underneath) the river here (just above the weir)?

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    1. Roy Murray Post author

      Addition to my last comment: The pipe does cross under the river where you suggested as well as by the footbridge. It crosses again south of Eglinton. I’ve edited the article to add a map of the pipe in our area.

      This city mapping service may be handy:

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