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."

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