Dougall Rail Underpass Project Moving Forward

If you walk or bicycle on Dougall Ave. under the rail overpass, this will be good news for you.

The city has been asked by Canadian National to help fund the engineering necessary to widen the roadway to make it safer.

City Council approved an environmental assessment for the project and committed $2-million toward the work.

The rail overpass is owned by CP and Borealis, but used by CN, so all three groups are needed to support the work.

Mayor Drew Dilkens says the support is there and the project can move forward.

He says it will require careful engineering to allow the work to be done.

"We know that in order to provide safe pedestrian access through that crossing, we sort of have to punch through the dirt embankment that's there and some people think it's really easy, but it's actually a fairly complex engineering design that has to be done because of the weight of trains that pass overhead," says Dilkens.

He says the project comes with a significant cost.

"It will be safe pedestrian access through the CP and CN tracks that connects properly with the new intersection at Dougall so it's over a $6-million project in today's dollars," he says.  "We know just punching through the embankment of the train tracks that will probably be more than a million dollars in itself."

Dilkens expects the engineering work to take a few months, but he is optimistic work could start in about a year.

The entire project includes realignment of the intersection where Dougall enters Ouellette Pl. just south of Eugenie Street.