Saturday, November 21, 2020

New Cherry Street Bridge in Toronto

As the City of Toronto works to rebuild the Port lands at the outlet of the Don River, one of the first changes to come to the site is the installation of a new bridge along the future alignment of Cherry Street. It will soon be joined by a twin at the Keating Channel crossing - one for vehicular traffic and one for the public transit. At this time they placed the first new bridge, about 100m west of the current bridge which will remain in place until the new bridge is open.
The old bridge operators structure perched above the bridge to allow a better view
Portlands construction started in 2017 with the completion estimated into 2024. As part of the port lands work the Don Valley outlet will follow a new river course turning part of the lands into Villiers Island which will be developed and include a residential component.

The current Cherry Street Bascule Bridge is a lift bridge built in 1968 that kind of got stuck in the up position recently. After approximately 1 month the bridge was dropped back into place after extensive work and you can see it stuck in my post here.

Here is an overall map from WaterFRONToronto of the planned port lands development proposal based on a number of precincts.

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