The Davenport Diamond, where the Barrie GO line meets the Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail freight tracks, is one of the busiest train intersections in North America. Completing a new grade separation ensures the smooth flow of both commuter and freight train traffic. This new infrastructure will help support two-way all-day train service on the Barrie GO line and improve safety and connections in the community. Take a look at the Davenport Diamond project from end to end.
It may sound like a lesson in geometry, but the Davenport Diamond project has less to do with shapes and a lot more to do with engineering.
It gets its name from the diamond shape the Barrie GO Train tracks form when they crossover the CP freight tracks in northwest Toronto.
As GO train service continues to move towards all-day two-way service, intersecting with a busy freight line isn’t ideal for keeping everyone on-time. That’s why Metrolinx is building a brand new guideway, a type of rail bridge, allowing GO trains to travel above the CP tracks, uninterrupted.
The recent flyover gives a thorough glimpse of what the neighbourhood looks like before it is transformed with the new guideway. The drone footage floats over the corridor, moving north from Bloor Street to Davenport Road (west of Lansdowne Avenue).
Trains will also be quieter and less obtrusive to the local community because of the noise barrier walls on the guideway.
This transit project will make the area more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists as well. With the addition of an overpass at Wallace Avenue and construction of an underpass at Paton Road and replacement of the Bloor Street West bridge, people will be able to move through the area seamlessly
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Story by Teresa Ko, Metrolinx communications senior advisor