The repairs to the lifting system of the Ship Channel Bridge, located on Cherry Street have been completed. Engineers began tests of the lifting system on Monday, September 9, 2013 and anticipate the bridge will be open to single lane traffic on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
The repairs to the lifting system of the Ship Channel Bridge, located on Cherry Street have been completed. Engineers began tests of the lifting system on September 9 and anticipate the bridge will be open for limited commercial marine use on September 15 and 16 (booked appointments) and with full commercial marine use as well as single lane traffic on September 17.The bridge will remain closed to vehicle and marine traffic until completion of tests and commissioning work. During the repairs, the bridge has remained open for use to pedestrians and cyclists; however, during the test lifting operations some interruption of this use will be necessary.
The Toronto Port Authority regrets any inconvenience caused by the necessary construction; however, the safe operation and use of the bridge is our prime concern.
The Ship Channel Bridge, constructed in 1931, was closed to vehicle traffic on November 12, 2012 due to structural deficiencies and to perform critical repairs to the trunnion assemblies.
Once reopened, the Ship Channel Bridge will be available to single lane vehicle traffic, marine transit, pedestrians and cyclists. The Toronto Port Authority will provide traffic control lights for public safety while the bridge is limited to single lane traffic.
The Toronto Port Authority continues to work with and assist the City of Toronto to develop a long-term solution for appropriate vehicle accessibility to the south Portlands.
Alternative access to and from the south Portlands continues to be available via the single-lane bridge on Unwin Avenue.
General Questions regarding the closure of the Ship Channel Bridge should be directed to Pamela McDonald, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-863-2028.
Construction-related inquiries and comments should be directed to Eric Piitz, Port Engineer at email@example.com or 416 863-2043.
Shipping- and Port-related enquiries should be directed to Angus Armstrong, Harbour Master at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-462-3304.