Ship Channel Bridge Critical Repair

Monday, June 17

  • As scheduled, the Ship Channel Bridge has been safely raised to the upright position in order to continue repair work. PortsToronto will continue to update this thread and our website as information becomes available.

Thursday, June 13 – Monday, June 17

  • The Ship Channel Bridge will open to two lanes of traffic from 12:00 p.m. Thursday, June 13 to 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 17.  

Monday, June 10

  • As scheduled, the Ship Channel Bridge has been safely raised to the upright position in order to continue repair work. PortsToronto will continue to update this thread and our website as information becomes available.

 Friday, June 7 – Monday, June 10 

  • The Ship Channel Bridge will open to one lane of alternating traffic from 12:00 p.m. Thursday, June 13 to 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 17.  

Toronto (June 7, 2024) – As our teams work to complete critical repairs to the Ship Channel Bridge, PortsToronto has committed to identifying all opportunities to safely and periodically open the bridge to vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
 
During Repair Period 1, between June 3 and July 4, access between Polson Street and Unwin Avenue via the Ship Channel Bridge will fall under one of three categories:
 
  1. Closed to all traffic.
  2. One alternating lane of traffic.
  3. Two lanes of traffic.
 
PortsToronto will provide updates on this page and on social media (X) to advise when access becomes possible. Staff and signage will be posted onsite directing to this page for up-to-date information.
 

*NOTE*

Safety for workers and the public is our number one priority. Access via the Ship Channel Bridge is dependent on work progress and may change without notice. PortsToronto is committed to providing updates as quickly as possible on this page of our website and social media (X) and we encourage the public to regularly check these pages.
 

TIMELINE OF REPAIR UPDATES

Toronto (June 3, 2024) – Engineering and construction contractor teams have confirmed a timeline for critical repairs to the damaged main shaft and lifting mechanism of the Ship Channel Bridge.
  • Repair Period 1: Between June 3 and July 4, work will continue as we replace the damaged main shaft and lifting mechanism of the Ship Channel Bridge. The nature of the work during this period, which includes the manufacture of a new steel shaft to replace the damaged 93-year old original piece, will require the bridge to remain locked in the upright position for majority of work activities in order to ensure the safety of workers and the public. While this work is taking place, access the Port of Toronto and Cherry Beach is maintained via Unwin Avenue. PortsToronto has engaged and is contributing funding for traffic control officers to be posted at the Leslie Street / Unwin Avenue bailey bridge to help ease congestion.
  • Repair Period 2: Between July 5 and 29, the Ship Channel Bridge will be lowered to the down position to complete the remainder of the repair. While this work is taking place, we will look for any opportunities to safely open one lane of vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic without risk to workers or the public. An update on access will be provided as we approach Repair Period.


Toronto (May 13, 2024) – Structural analysis on the damaged main shaft and lifting mechanism of the Ship Channel Bridge is complete. Sourcing of supplies and parts for the repair has begun, and it is expected that repair work will occur over the course of several weeks. During this work, the bridge will remain in the upright position for safety reasons. We will continue to provide updates on the repair as details become available.

During this time, Cherry Street will remain closed for vehicular and pedestrian traffic south of Polson Street. Members of the public and all Port users can still use Unwin Avenue (base of Leslie Street) to access the Port and Cherry Beach.


Toronto (May 6, 2024) – Structural analysis on the damaged main shaft and lifting mechanism continues. Engineering teams expect results next week that will determine next steps for the repair/containment of damage sustained April 22, and the continued safe operation of the bridge. The Ship Channel Bridge will remain in the upright position until at least Monday, May 13, at which time further information about the repair timelines will be provided.


Toronto (May 2, 2024) – The Ship Channel Bridge will remain in the upright position until Friday, May 10 as structural analysis on the damaged main shaft and lifting mechanism continues. Engineering teams expect results next week that will determine next steps for the repair/containment of damage sustained April 22, and the continued safe operation of the bridge. PortsToronto will continue to provide updates here and on our social media channels as information becomes available. 

During this time, Cherry Street will remain closed for vehicular and pedestrian traffic south of Polson Street. Members of the public and all Port users can still use Unwin Avenue (base of Leslie Street) to access the Port and Cherry Beach.


Toronto (May 1, 2024) – The Ship Channel Bridge is currently out of service and will be locked in the upright position until Monday, May 6 as critical emergency repairs are completed. During this time, Cherry Street will remain closed for vehicular and pedestrian traffic south of Polson Street. Members of the public and all Port users can still use Unwin Avenue (base of Leslie Street) to access the Port and Cherry Beach.

The Ship Channel Bridge initially sustained hardware damage on April 22. Follow-up inspection on initial repairs confirmed that the main shaft of the bridge is bent, which has the potential to cause a full failure of the lifting mechanism. This mechanism is an original, 92-year old part of the bridge and is scheduled to be replaced and/or rehabilitated as part of the final stage of an ongoing rehabilitation project led by PortsToronto and the City of Toronto, which has been underway since March 2022.


Toronto (April 27, 2024) – The majority of repairs on the Ship Channel Bridge were completed on Friday, April 26 and the bridge is now fully operational. Additional maintenance work will be ongoing, however there will be minimal impact to road and marine traffic.


Toronto (April 25, 2024) – The Ship Channel Bridge was safely lowered this afternoon and vehicle traffic restored as of 6:00 p.m. The Ship Channel Bridge remains out of service and mechanical and structural service will continue. It is expected that vehicle traffic will be impacted during daytime hours as this work continues – via single lane restrictions and/or test lifts of the bridge – and members of the public and all Port users are encouraged to continue to use Unwin Avenue (base of Leslie Street) to access the Port and Cherry Beach.


Toronto (April 24, 2024) – The Ship Channel Bridge is currently out of service and locked in an upright position due to hardware damage sustained on April 24, 2024. Service is underway to replace and/or repair the hardware in order to return the bridge to operation. It is expected that this work will take a few days and regular updates will be provided.


Currently, Cherry Street will remain closed for vehicular and pedestrian traffic south of Polson Street. Members of the public and all Port users can still use Unwin Avenue (base of Leslie Street) to access the Port and Cherry Beach.

PortsToronto and the City of Toronto have undertaken a joint project to restore the Ship Channel Bridge which has been underway since March 2022. The damaged lift systems are being replaced and/or rehabilitated as part of the final stage of this project.

 

BACKGROUND ON SHIP CHANNEL BRIDGE REHABILITATION PROJECT

In March 2022, PortsToronto in partnership with the City of Toronto began a major rehabilitation program to modernize the ageing Ship Channel Lift Bridge, a vital piece of infrastructure supporting Toronto’s supply chain that was originally constructed in 1931. Through this project, PortsToronto and the City of Toronto, will restore and revitalize the Ship Channel Lift Bridge, a vital element of marine and vehicle transportation infrastructure enabling the transfer of cargo from the Port into the City of Toronto and surrounding area.
 
In March 2024, the project reached the substantial completion of Phase 1 – the rehabilitation of the bridge’s north and south roadway spans. Phase 2, scheduled to begin in late 2024, will restore the bascule lift bridge structure and replace end of life mechanical and electrical lift systems. The majority of this work is limited to the winter months when the Ship Channel Bridge is not operational. It is expected that the overall project will be completed in 2027.
 
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