As it turned out, Saturday was heavily rainy and we called it off. Instead we wandered to the pub and then to see the new movie, Prisoners. Strange, disturbing picture where no one's ox goes ungored; I can recommend it. But, as usual, I digress.
So I backed it off to Sunday, which promised to be sunny, but chilly. P-Doug had plans so at the last minute I managed to get Larry to come along to man a second camera.
We parked up at what is now the north "end" of Duffy's Lane; that is, as far south as you can drive coming from the north. Beyond that, we headed down on foot with an eye to seeing what work they'd done in the north end, and eventually what progress they'd made on the bridge. (Note: you can click on the images here to see somewhat larger versions of them.)
The second thing we realized was that there was now a large open area on the east side (on the left in the shots above, which face south). I noticed little flagged pegs sticking out of it, and I made a quick assumption it was going to be some small subdivision... maybe townhouses just off Duffy's Lane. But then I realized the open area stretch from the bridge construction, just out of sight to the southwest, to the height of land to our northeast. And I got it: the road wasn't just going to cross a new bridge and then resume its course. It was taking a new course. And the little connector we were standing on wasn't just a momentary convenience for the construction machines... it's going to be the way you turn off the new course to get onto Duffy's Lane. And anything south of that point was about to vanish. I didn't need to see a map... I was as sure as I could be.
From now on, they won't have to do this. At least, not here. This part of Duffy's Lane will never see car traffic ever again. It's about to disappear completely.
When I arrived home, I decided to check it out, and sure enough, I was right. Peel Region has planned this as a bypass, to come up from Coleraine Drive, connect to Duffy's Lane, cross the new bridge, crest the hill, and then cross what is now open field eastward to connect to Hwy 50 (or "Regional Road 50", as it's now more correctly referred to). The idea is to take people right around Bolton, and the choke points on Queen Street (Hwy 50) at the King Street intersection. Click image below for enlarged version.
So, we'll be out there every week or two while the weather's good. This construction work is supposed to go on till December next year. I'm hoping to get some good shots of it for people in the future. Given how many shots I actually have in and around the area, I think there's a good foundation.