What do you think of the enhancements for the Iron Horse Trail?
The Iron Horse Trail is a 4.4km multi-use pathway connecting the City of Waterloo and the City of Kitchener from Union Ave. to Ottawa St. The corridor was established in 1997 following the closure of the Grand River Railway in 1993. The multi-use pathway is a significant portion of the city’s off-road transportation network. The corridor is a primary commuter route through Downtown Kitchener, allowing residents and visitors the opportunity to travel to work, school, or other destinations by walking or cycling.
The Multi-use Pathways and Trails Master Plan (2012) identifies the Iron Horse Trail as a priority north-south route for active transportation and contains a variety of policy recommendations that would be addressed through the development of an improvement strategy, including signage and wayfinding, road crossing improvements and network connectivity. With urban intensification growth in Kitchener and the incoming ION rapid transit system, there is also a need to understand how the Iron Horse Trail will shape the city's future.
Central Area (Victoria Street to Queen Street)
An Iron Horse Trail Improvement Strategy was completed by the City of Kitchener and approved by Council in November 2015 with funding for the implementation of the Central Section approved for 2016.
The central section is approximately 1.0km runs from Victoria St. S to Queen St. S. and includes:
• 4 Roadway Crossings – Victoria, West, David, Queen
• 1 Railway Crossing
• 1 Pedestrian Bridge – Trestle Bridge
• Entrance to Victoria Park through Parking Lot
• Henry Sturm Open Space
The Improvement Strategy aimed to develop a vision and implementation plan for the 4.4km of well used pathway. The concept design shown reflects the goals and vision developed through the strategy. Staff are looking for feedback and commentary on the concept plan to refine the design and move forward into construction planning.