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I was down in the eastern portion of the Portlands tonight, no time to grab photos, but a couple of observations.

a) New sidewalk is under construction wherever it was missing on the north side of Commissioners from Leslie to at least Bouchette in the west (where I went north).

At first blush, the sidewalk does not seem to allow for the intended streetscape; however, that might be obtainable later by rebuilding the curb and road w/o touching the sidewalk. I certainly hope we're not double-spending here.

Glad to see a sidewalk though.

b) One of the overhead rail signals has been taken down from one of the crossings of Lake Shore (what was the most westerly of 3 crossings, and one that has long since vanished). This was likely done awhile ago, since Google has it reflected in Streetview. The tracks for this one don't even exist in Lake Shore anymore, how odd to leave the gantry.


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The 2nd of 3 crossings in this section still has all the proverbial bells and whistles (and track, in the road):

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But it goes nowhere:

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Nowhere to go on the other side:

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That leaves only the Harbour lead w/its rather significant missing chunk at Leslie/Commissioners.
 

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I really hope East Harbour GO happens sooner than later, will really improve access to the area!

It won't be sooner; the entire station (not including GO tracks themselves) will likely be part of the Ontario Line project which would give it a target date closer to 2030.

The integration expected would be clumsy to implement as 2 separate tenders and the GO electrification tender in general has not been expected to included station modifications (except as required for clearance/grounding purposes).
 

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A report to the Dec 1st meeting of Infrastructure and Environment Ctte recommends a project delivery agreement for the construction phase of the Lake Shore East do-over from the River to Carlaw.


The Harbour Lead is still there........

And it appears we could see construction set to start in July 2021!


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I remain confused (again?) as to why they keep talking about the Harbour Lead Rail Line. From everything I hear elsewhere, Ports Toronto and CreateTO are in final stages of abandoning it (and it is now blocked off on east side of Don River.) Frankly, I would like to keep it operational (in the median as is proposed) but I think 'someone' needs to decide if it will actually exist and if it won't then update these plans and schedules to remove it.

I spoke w/City staff this morning.

Here is what I learned.

A cost-benefit analysis on whether to keep the Habour Lead is currently under way.

It will report back shortly.

If the verdict is to remove it, that decision will need to be made by February, and the change in scope can be accommodated without altering the timeline.

It's likely, though from what I can discern there isn't a final decision; that if the Harbour Lead is removed the design will stay substantially the same, but the portion of the median occupied by track will become landscaped median.

If the decision is made to keep the line, then the design will be built as is; and the matter of reconnecting the track via Leslie will be a separate project.
 
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Lot more up on site
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Pier for the 3rd bridge over the new south mouth of the Don
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