Thursday, June 13, 2013

Abandoned bridge over the Don River

Two bridges to nowhere cross the Don River in #Toronto. Cut off from roads with the construction of the Don Valley Parkway, the bridges were fenced off at both ends, leaving the toll collectors lonely and bored in the middle of the span. The northern concrete arch bridge is apparently used by a gas company to carry their main over the river.

The bridges used to be part of Eastern Avenue
Looking west towards the city

Evidence of recent flooding of the Don River hang on some bridge piers, long after the highway was returned  to service when the waters subsided. The bike path that runs along the west side of the Don, north of Lakeshore is a beautiful place to be at peace so close to the hustle and bustle of a big city. Just off to the west, known as the West Don Lands, you can see all the hurried construction to accommodate the upcoming Pan Am Games Athlete Village.

There are plenty of bridges that still carry traffic over the river.

Wooden debris carried by recent flooding lies at the base of the bridge pier
Don Valley Parkway spans cross the flowing water that ends at Lake Ontario

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