Metrolinx has announced their plans to build a pedestrian bridge connecting the Exhibition GO station to Liberty Village. Installation of the bridge will begin as early as this weekend, but it won't be open to the public until spring 2020. The Toronto Liberty Village bridge will connect Atlantic Ave. to Strachan Ave., giving King West residents direct access to the GO station.
The bridge will span 55 metres from Douro St. to Western Battery Road going over the Kitchener/Milton rail and will include a bike channel. To accommodate the installation, Metrolinx is closing the rail corridor on Sunday from 2 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., CP24 reports.
Metrolinx has said that GO buses will replace the early morning UP Express trains during the closure. The first bus will leave from Union Station at 5:05 a.m. and at Pearson at 5:37 a.m. on Sunday.
The replacement buses will run every 20 minutes until train service resumes at 8:30 a.m. Buses will not stop at Weston or Bloor Station.
Metrolinx staff will be placed on duty to guide people in the right direction so that they do not get lost. Metrolinx encourages people to give themselves some extra time during their morning commute while the replacements are running.
This is what the new bridge will look like from the South side:
Construction is already underway, and the piers are set up. The steel bridge structure just needs to be hoisted and put into place. This is what it looks like without the glass covering:
Laminated, tinted, and bird friendly glaze will be used for the windows. A concrete deck, security systems, elevators, and hydro connections will all be added.
There will be 24-hour access to the bridge, and passageways will be illuminated at night. Public art will be included for the elevator towers.