Work continues on the OTrain bike and pedestrian pathway (the multi-user path, or MUP, in planning jargon). It looks awfully close to being ready to pave. Contractors are spreading topsoil along the edges of the path. On Monday I saw this gizmo spreading the topsoil over large areas:
Here’s another picture of it, showing the source truck with the topsoil:
A few days ago, both CTV and CFRA ran stories on the path. I can only imagine what CFRA found awful; but I did see the CTV report on their website. It was pretty pointless. They interviewed several cyclists along the river parkway who didn’t know that a new path was being built. The dollar amount of the path was stated breathlessly. It was hard to tell what the “controversy” was: the amount of the expenditure, that cyclists didn’t know the taxpayer was improving their lives; or that the city wasn’t telling people about the path.
They also interviewed a storeowner who didn’t know about the path. I guess he doesn’t read his mail (flyers were sent out via Canada Post) or BIA communications. This is the same store owner who I have heard complain bitterly about the widened sidewalks along Preston removing precious car parking, who advocates the streetscaping should be torn out.
On a more cheerful note, here are some more pictures of progress on the Otrain path.
From Somerset, there will be a staircase down to the path, especially useful for those who want to go north to Bayview Station. Here the contractors are putting up the supports for the concrete columns:
The path is wide and safely graded, so on the weekend anyone can walk it’s length from Young Street to the McDonald Parkway, although the last bit of slope down to the Ottawa River is still fenced.