Red­way Road Ex­ten­sion un­likely

North Toronto Post - - News - Jon Burn­side Ward 26 Coun­cil­lor

With traf­fic is­sues be­ing a ma­jor com­mu­nity is­sue, the Red­way Road Ex­ten­sion was brought back to the dis­cus­sion ta­ble three years ago.

Many thought, as I did, that ex­tend­ing Red­way Road to con­nect Mill­wood Av­enue to Bayview Av­enue would be at­tain­able. Although we knew there would be sev­eral large hur­dles — op­po­si­tion from some en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, the cost and the fact that Red­way Road is not ac­tu­ally in Ward 26 — there are now sev­eral new chal­lenges that may prove in­sur­mount­able.

The pre­ferred path of the Red­way Road Ex­ten­sion is over an un­used CP spur line owned by Metrolinx that cuts un­der Bayview Av­enue south of Nes­bitt Drive. This line runs along the top of the val­ley bank and is un­sta­ble, so it would re­quire shoring up at a con­sid­er­able cost.

More chal­leng­ing is the fact that its po­si­tion vis-à-vis the val­ley bank brings it un­der the purview of the Toronto and Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity (TRCA), which sent me a two-page letter of con­cerns. And whereas Metrolinx doesn’t ap­pear to have any im­me­di­ate plans to use this line, VIA has ex­pressed a strong in­ter­est in a high-fre­quency line be­tween Toronto and Ot­tawa, and should this plan go for­ward, it is quite pos­si­ble that the aban­doned spur line may be in use again.

In the mean­time, Metrolinx has no in­ter­est in sell­ing the line, so any road con­struc­tion would re­quire an over­pass or un­der­pass mean­ing that, even if the TRCA’s con­cerns could be ad­dressed, the project would likely be cost pro­hib­i­tive.

Although the Red­way Road Ex­ten­sion seems to be more elu­sive, I will still con­tinue to ex­haust all pos­si­bil­i­ties.

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