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Jogging away from a historic oversight

The “Dufferin Street Jog” has been eliminated and with it, a century-old planning oversight has at last been rectified.

The “Dufferin Street Jog” has been eliminated and with it, a century-old planning oversight has at last been rectified.

A new stretch of Dufferin between Queen Street and Peel Avenue opens today, marking the end of the three-year, $40 million “jog elimination” project.

“I’m tickled pink,” said Councillor Gord Perks, whose Ward 14 is bordered on the east by Dufferin.

“What could have been a plain and frankly ugly piece of transportation infrastructure has been transformed into a really attractive urban space.”

For as long as there have been cars on Dufferin, drivers have had to navigate under the Queen Street railway bridge and around the jog via Gladstone and Peel.

Now, a 72-metre tunnel running under the rail lines fills in the Dufferin Street gap, allowing drivers to head straight up the west-end street.

The correction has been on the city’s to-do list for years. The kink was created when the Queen underpass was built in the 1880s to separate the roadway and rail lines. Planners didn’t foresee Dufferin becoming an arterial road, so it remained unconnected north of Queen.

The rail lines in active use by GO Transit and CN Rail had to be elevated and shifted to allow for tunneling underneath. The official opening, originally scheduled for August, was delayed while adjustments were made so the rail lines could be reset.

Perks said the new tunnel wasn’t just a traffic project, but successful urban regeneration in a “formally dead pocket of land.”

 
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