There are so many transportation bits and pieces related to the west side I’m just going to throw a whole bunch of stories up in the air like confetti, and you’ll have to try to figure out if what lands makes a pattern, or a coherent transportation plan. So come back to read fresh stuff every day for the next week or so.
On the good news front, I see the exterior station cladding is going onto the Pimisi Station foundation level. I am so delighted that it is a quality material (textured limestone?) and not just smooth cut blocks that look like concrete block (“cinder block”) basements.
Immediately after I took these photos, the finished stone walls were wrapped in plastic, perhaps to protect them from construction damage, or maybe til the big reveal when the stations open next August.
And here is the south side of Pimisi Station:
Up between the platform level and Booth Street level, the escalators are going in:
And for an overview, here is a drone photo taken last week by Yaro. Double click or something to enlarge it to fill your (large) screen:
Readers may recall that the City has decided on the first steps to fixing the Booth Street Freeway mess they created against all the community, pedestrian, and cyclist advice given at the design stage. It’s an expensive fix, but should work. Note that in these city illustrations a lot of details are missing, which are probably going to be built, like measures to separate cyclists from pedestrians. Originally planned for construction in fall, 2017 (ie, now) they have been pushed off to next April (2018) since the Station won’t be opening until August. While the construction deadline has shifted, it still leaves the current unsatisfactory configuration (dangerously…) in place until next summer.
So, the major elements for Booth Street north of Albert are in place or nearing construction, and the average citizen can picture what the final product will be like.
I think the major elements are falling in place quite nicely, and the finished product will work. Of course, there are many other projects in the immediate area which we will look at over the coming week, and how well they will integrate is unknown.
And then there is the known unknown, what will the Senator’s LeBreton wonderland look like and how will it connect to the Stations and the neighbourhood?
Next: the residential Booth Street