This year is undoubtably going to be one with a little bit of turmoil as Metrolinx and HydroOne are both conducting projects along the stretch of the valley that contains “The Ridge” and “The Flats”. On the flats side of things I don’t have much to say (It’s outside of what the City is able influence) and less to work with (apparently Metrolinx has an agenda and budget to burn on patching up fences), but The Ridge side on the other hand there’s some good news and partnering with the City and HydroOne has resulted in more compromise than has been seen in the Don over the last while.
A huge thanks to those who were able to attend the public consultations and express the necessity for as limited an interruption of trail connectivity as possible. We’d be facing holes in the ground, and more fences for undetermined length if it were not for your efforts.
After three weekends of riding early morning frosty glop, yesterday I had my first experience with the hydro work that is going on. A giant wood slide has been put in right in the middle of the mMillwood climb and the little orange floppy fence has, obviously, been trampled to so riders could get through. it’s a bit of a bummer, but so far not the end of the world. That said, getting back on the lower side is a no-go and the flats has the most aggressive fencing I’ve ever seen. In general there’s very little trail that has been affected by the work, but during working hours things cold get tricky. I wonder if the work will actually be completed in June?