Saturday, August 10, 2019

Cherry Street bridge stuck

I mean this bridge has had enough, the boss keeps wanting it to go up and down, endlessly and probably without a word of thanks. So the bridge built in 1968 is just off Lake Shore Boulevard and is stuck in the up position since August 2nd, 2019 due to mechanical/electrical failure. Unless you want to try to jump the harbour you will have to enter the area from the east.
The City of Toronto has provided an update to their plans to get the bridge working again by hiring a specialized bridge engineering firm. "The work is complex and will require multiple stages to complete, including securing the bridge to remove the malfunctioning components, large cranes to lower the bridge, and inspections. The work will be performed in a way that prioritizes safety for everyone involved, including the public and the workers." Estimates suggest that repairs could take approximately one month to complete and the bridge is supposed to be replaced within the next year and a half during the Port Lands Flood Protection Program. "The City of Toronto and Ports Toronto appreciate everyone's patience as we work through this situation as quickly and safely as possible. Detour signage will remain in place. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who want to access or return from the port lands while the bridge work is underway can use the Don Roadway, Carlaw Avenue or Leslie Street."

Update August 28, 2019: The Cherry Street bridge is being lowered over several hours today. The detours will remain in place for about a week as the bridge will be inspected before it is put back in service.

From the City; "The Cherry Street bridge over the Keating Channel will be lowered to a horizontal position today. Once lowered, the bridge will be locked in place and engineers will begin structural inspections to ensure it is safe and passable before access can be re-instated for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Lowering the bridge, a complex process involving a crane and winch system, is expected to take up to several hours. There could be delays if the wind picks up while the bridge is being lowered. Structural inspections will take a few more days and the aim is to re-instate bridge access within a week."

Update August 30, 2019: The bridge is down!
From the City: Access to Toronto's Cherry Street bridge returns in time for long weekend
The Cherry Street bridge over the Keating channel will be reinstated for public access, including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians just in time for Labour Day weekend. Members of the public wishing to use the bridge to access/return from the port lands will be able to do so by approximately 7 p.m. tonight.

The bridge was safely lowered into a horizontal position on Thursday. Once down, engineers immediately began work to lock the bridge in place and perform structural inspections to ensure the bridge was safe and passable for the public.

The City of Toronto and PortsToronto appreciate everyone's patience as we worked through this situation as quickly and safely as possible."

"It has been a long and arduous task for PortsToronto and City staff to reinstate the Cherry Street bridge safely and I'm pleased that crews were able to reopen this crucial link to the Port Lands in time for the long weekend. Thank you to all the residents and local businesses who rely on this bridge for their patience throughout this process."
- Mayor John Tory

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