As has been discussed here before - they do NOT plan to have a huge rush of water one day. They will first open the new mouth of the river (just below the new Cherry Street bridge) and allow the water to flow "upstream" into the new river valley. Then, when the new river valley is filled and things have settled down, they will remove the 'plug' north of the new Commissioners Street bridge and the river will then flow through the new valley. Not as exciting but they do not want a huge rush of water to tear up the new river bed.I hope they have a big ceremony and everyone can come watch when they flood the new channel they've been digging for years now. That will be exciting.
There is a very little in the new river bed these days, you can see in some of the photos of last few weeks.I think the Rocky account pointed out how the dug out and prepared portions were already retaining water from storms. Dunno if it’s still holding, but arguably, couldn’t we just end up with a separated river by spring thaw?
Kick the airport off the Toronto Island's and build a cheaper bridge at the western channel. That would be the most ideal spot.The (pedestrian and cycling only) lift bridge from Lower Don Lands to Wards Island discussion resurfacing from a candidate:
I'm in on board with this partly because with the location this far east, the ferries would still be busy serving the other islands... but my support is contingent on the bridge being a Santiago Calatrava cable-stayed swing bridge * ... not a lift bridge.
*yes that's a real thing