Long-awaited west-end pedestrian and cyclist bridge now open (PHOTOS)

Oct 1 2019, 9:36 am

After nearly a decade of work, the Garrison Crossing Bridge, connecting King West to Fort York and the Waterfront, is finally open.

On Tuesday, Mayor John Tory, along with councillors Joe Cressy and Mike Layton who spearheaded the project, announced the grand opening of the pedestrian and cyclist bridge, which runs across the railway tracks, connecting Trinity Bellwoods Park in the north and the Fort York grounds in the south.

Garrison Crossing is a two-bridge structure built over two rail corridors that run through the downtown core.

According to the city, the 52-metre northern bridge structure spans from the Stanley Park South extension over the Kitchener rail corridor to the north side of Ordnance Triangle Park.

The 49-metre southern bridge structure spans from the south side of Ordnance Triangle Park over the Lakeshore West rail corridor, to the grounds of the Fort York National Historic Site.

According to Layton, the project has been a long time coming and was derailed in its early days. However, thanks to hard work from Layton, Cressy, and city staff, the project is finally complete.

“I’m proud to officially open this important piece of active transportation infrastructure that will connect key downtown communities,” said Mayor Tory.

Tory said the Garrison Crossing is the first stainless steel bridge of its kind to be built in Canada. The project was led by CreateTO and Dufferin Construction Company.