Update – See photos of a glass pedestrian bridge being installed between Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena and Union Station Bus Terminal

The long weekend saw major work take place on a new glass bridge over Bay Street. The span drew lots of attention – and had everyone looking up.

It’s clearly impressive work.

Last weekend, crews began major work on a glass pedestrian bridge between Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena and the Union Station Bus Terminal that is now under construction at 81 Bay Street. Engineers will only have two weekends to install the elevated structure, which will span 39.5 m over Bay Street.

The elevated pedestrian bridge will eventually allow GO Customers to safely cross Bay Street from Scotiabank Arena. It will connect directly to the new Union Station Bus Terminal, once it’s completed.

Here’s how it looked as the bridge lift took place.

 

A crane lifts up a section of the bridge.

Against a dark background, crews work to lift the new bridge.

A crane lifts a large piece of bridge.

A section of the bridge is lifted into place.

Workers toil under the bridge being put in place over Bay Street.

No traffic flowed on usually busy Bay St. during the construction.

Shot from above, the image shows a large crane supporting the bridge.

A crane lifts the bridge into place.

A view from high above a crane, as it looks down on crews.

Far above Bay St., crews work around a crane lifting pieces of the new bridge into place.

Supports and metal poles frame in the bridge, as crews work nearby.

The metal bones of the new expanse, as it waits for all the needed elements, including glass walls.

People walk near the construction site.

Pedestrians walk past the bridge work in this Sept. 3 image. (Photo by Nitish Bissonauth)

Metrolinx, Ivanhoé Cambridge, and Hines have been working together to build the terminal on the north-east corner of the CIBC SQUARE. A development which includes two office towers and an overbuild park spanning the GO rail corridor, the first of its kind for the city.

The new Union Station Bus Terminal will have better links to the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard and improved accesses to Toronto’s Union Station, the TTC, VIA Rail, UP Express and connect people to popular attractions such as the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium and the Rogers Centre.

It will also have 14 bus bays – twice as many as the current bus terminal.

Expected to open in 2020, the new bus terminal will make it easier for customers to get to their destination while improving experience and safety.

To read more about the new Union Station Bus Terminal click here.

Story by Nitish Bissonauth, Metrolinx Bilingual Spokesperson, Media Relations and Issues Specialist