It took forever, but finally the connection between the two Brookfield Roads is open again. The Sawmill Creek corridor, that cuts through Brookfield, is host to the Transitway, the Airport Parkway, the O-Train (now Trillium line) and a bit of railway tracks.
In the past we’d cross the corridor on our bikes, going underneath the Transitway and then crossing the Trillium Line at grade. But since the the frequency of the trains on this line have increased, the city no longer deemed it safe for cyclists and pedestrians to cross (let alone the fact you’d have to wait more often for all those trains). And, let’s face it, longer waiting times make people impatient, and they might take more risks. So a new underpass underneath the Trillium track was built.
I was somewhat surprised to see the bridge got a wooden deck. At first, it appeared overengineered to me, until I realised it is probably designed for smaller snowploughs.
Here are the pictures with some accompanying text.
I am happy to see another project finished that improves safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
What makes me crazy is the lopsided way the city spends money on bicycle infrastructure. The city must have spent a fortune landscaping the new(ish by now) pathway. But they didn’t spend a dime upgrading the existing approach path from the Brookfield-Airport Parkway overpass to the new section of the path. It’s still narrow and full of cracks.