The Government of Ontario has announced the completion of the Dufferin Street Bridge Widening project, a milestone in the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program.
Passing over Queen Street West, the Dufferin Street Bridge has been widened to accommodate the additional track needed to increase service levels between Toronto and Barrie on the Barrie GO corridor.
Ontario is also partnering with the City of Toronto to extend the West Toronto Railpath multi-use trail. The trail will run along the existing rail corridor, connecting cyclists and pedestrians from Dupont Street to just east of Dufferin Street. It will also connect to the future Pessoa Park at the corner of Dufferin and Peel Streets that the City of Toronto is building.
“Metrolinx is pleased that the Dufferin Street Bridge Widening project, including a key portion of the West Toronto Railpath extension, is now complete,” said John Jensen, president and CEO of Metrolinx. “Work on the Railpath extension from Dundas Street West to Queen Street West is ongoing in partnership with the City of Toronto. The Railpath will provide the community with a pedestrian and cycling connection from Dupont Street to just east of Dufferin Street.”
The province has committed $13.5 billion to implement GO RER as part of a $21.3 billion transformation of the GO network from commuter transit to a regional rapid transit system. This represents the largest commuter rail program in Canada.
The $8.4 million contract for the Dufferin Street Bridge Widening project was awarded to EllisDon in 2016.