Noise barriers draw graffiti

Metrolinx erected noise barriers along much of the UP Express route, but not without controversy. Further downtown, residents begged for a green walls instead of the clear acrylic and concrete barriers. They were turned down—and now the acrylic barriers are beginning to fail.

By Kevin Putnam
Tagged wall. Photography by Kevin Putnam
Green wall
Green wall design

InsideToronto writes about the graffiti the walls attract. They are being sprayed, cleaned, and sprayed again. Ruhul Gupta writes,

But with each scrubbing, panels are becoming more stained and less clear, said Putnam.

“They are not weathering the graffiti onslaught well,” he said.

What about in Weston? Have you, dear reader, noticed graffiti? If so, send a picture in, and we’ll build some momentum.

No tunnel noise walls

Weston is about to get much noisier. Metrolinx is abandoning its plans to build some of the noise walls that would have dampened noise from the new airport trains.

Manuel Pedrosa, a spokesperson for Metrolinx, says that “planned noise walls were not technically and economically feasible to be built on the Weston Tunnel Walls. The noise walls, as designed, are too heavy to be attached to the Weston Tunnel wall”. (Emphasis mine.)

Pedrosa says there will be no noise walls on the “strutted area” of the tunnel. This includes the areas between, roughly, John and Queenslea (in purple).

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It is not yet clear whether there will be noise walls in the other areas of the Weston tunnel (in red). Pedrosa said “We are currently reviewing the constructability [sic] of the other planned noise walls in the area”; I have asked him for clarification. I have also asked him to clarify the effects on nearby properties and the farmers’ market.

In the Junction, they do not want walls, but they’re getting them. In Weston, we want them but we are told we can’t have them.