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- Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard Early Works Report
Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard Early Works Report
Published on Aug.25, 2021
The Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard early works will include:
- building a new bridge north of the existing rail bridge over the Lower Don River that will carry the Ontario Line tracks;
- shifting GO tracks in the Don Yard and nearby rail corridor to accommodate Ontario Line infrastructure;
- modifying the existing rail bridge to accommodate GO track shifts and Ontario Line infrastructure; and,
- relocating and protecting utilities and signal infrastructure in the area.
The Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard Early Works Report outlines the purpose of early works, a description of local environmental conditions, potential impacts, proposed mitigation measures and a record of consultation.
Lower Don Bridge rendering
Potential effects and mitigation measures
- Removal of/damage to trees, terrestrial vegetation and wildlife habitat.
- Impacts to aquatic/riparian vegetation.
- Erosion and sedimentation to waterbodies from construction.
- Disturbance or displacement of wildlife species and reduced habitat connectivity.
- Potential for impacts to fish and fish habitat.
- Risk of contamination to waterbodies as a result of spills.
- Introduction or spread of invasive species.
- Sensitive wildlife timing restrictions for early works activities (e.g., removal of vegetation outside of the breeding bird period).
- Tree/vegetation removals will be kept to a minimum and limited to within construction areas.
- Tree removal compensation will be provided in accordance with the Metrolinx Vegetation Guideline (2020).
- Temporarily disturbed areas will be restored/re-vegetated.
- Erosion and sediment control measures will be implemented.
- Ensure that all in-water activities do not interfere with fish passage, constrict the channel width or reduce flows.
- Prior to early works activities, species-specific surveys will be completed to avoid or reduce potential impacts and meet all Species at Risk regulatory requirements.
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