King-Liberty Pedestrian & Cycling Bridge: Hoisting September 13-16
Construction of the King-Liberty Bridge is well underway. It will provide a much-needed accessible connection for pedestrians and cyclists over the rail corridor between Western Battery Road and King Street West/Douro Street.
The steel bridge structure has been fabricated and painted at the contractor’s facility near Kitchener and is planned to be hoisted into place above the rail corridor and installed over the weekend of September 13-16, 2019. Once the steel structure has been hoisted into place, the bridge’s concrete deck, glass, security systems, elevators, and electrical connections will be installed.
Although the full opening of the bridge is anticipated for spring of 2020, the City is working with its contractors to identify opportunities for an earlier partial opening for the community.
Overnight Work Required
Hoisting and installing the bridge structure requires stopping GO Train service on the Kitchener, Barrie, and UP Express lines, and as a consequence Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency responsible for GO Transit, is restricting this work to overnight hours only.
I consistently advocate for construction activity to take place during daytime hours because it often affects thousands of people who live nearby. In order to ensure that our downtown communities remain liveable, we have to be careful to manage noise and ensure that people are able to sleep through the night.
Unfortunately, given the limitations on access to the Metrolinx rail corridor for work to take place, there is no way to install this important piece of infrastructure without overnight work.
Although the City of Toronto always makes efforts to limit the loudest kinds of work to early evening hours, rather than overnight and early morning, neighbours in the vicinity of the King-Liberty Bridge should plan for significant overnight noise between Friday evening, September 13 and Monday morning, September 16.
There will also be traffic and parking restrictions on local streets in the weeks leading up to the bridge hoist, until September 16.