Here's the same story in The Star (no paywall)Somewhat related, segments under the Gardiner North/South streets along downtown will be redeveloped to be made more “people friendly”.
Rees Street will be the first.
I don’t have access beyond the Globe’s paywall but here’s the link for those who do:
Starting with a single intersection, at Rees Street, the design of Waterfront ReConnect aims to make it easier and more pleasant to walk under the expressway and across Lake Shore Boulevardwww.theglobeandmail.com
Exactly. It's a beast, and it's here for the long haul. Maybe it will be gone in 50yrs, maybe 100. But in the interim why twiddle thumbs. Make it nice. And we really don't need to break the bank doing so. I'm sure Nuit Blanche showed it well this year (I didn't see it), but Richmond/Adelaide ramps have been astounding and predate the Bentway. Changes can be made.Thanks to Nuit Blanche landing "near" the moon was possible ;-)
Let's face it - this crumbling dina(sour) is here for another 20-30 years. Other options in the past 2 or 3 decades were ignored like a pre-Cityplace cut and cover. This monster is here to stay. I don't know the painful projected maintenance numbers (or commuter interruptions) to keep it standing.
But Nuit Blanche showed some band-aid solutions more than worthy of longer term consideration (for non-drivers). Bentway skate-path was a nice idea.
I think a cut of the maintenance budget should go directly to "under" projects.
Don't think we need a billion dollar canopy or other defining masterpiece on top of the traffic. That's really only for for highrise views. So let's make as much as we can to growing "under" the Gardiner.
Yes, this is also in the Dashboard for the Board meeting.(page 14 of https://www.waterfrontoronto.ca/nbe...&CACHEID=479b9cfe-357f-4587-82ca-fe15f28789ed )I'm sorry if this is a repeat, but there was a blurb in Waterfront Toronto board meeting minutes that the bridge will no longer be built.
What was actually supposed to be part of Bentway Phase 2?This from the Investment, Real Estate and Quayside Committee Meeting April 16, 2020
On Friday April 3rd, the Province has expanded the list of non-essential businesses which were required to close as of April 5th. We have reviewed and determined that the Port Lands Flood Protection (PLFP), Cherry Street Stormwater Treatment Facility (CSSTF) and Bayside Phase 2 roads and services projects are essential infrastructure projects and as such will remain active unless new direction is provided by government.
Management has determined that the following pending projects are not essential pursuant to the Provincial Emergency Order. These projects are not currently under construction and will not proceed into construction until the Provincial Order has been rescinded.
Bonnycastle public realm completion
Lake Shore Blvd pilot project at Monde Condominiums
East Bayfront In-water Storm Sewer Pipe
Bentway Phase 2 Projects
Waterfront Reconnect (Gardiner Expwy bent painting)