Historic Toronto bridges ready for transit expansion

Crews have been working for the last year to revitalize three of Toronto’s key downtown bridges. As Metrolinx works to expand GO Transit service, this work is essential to make it happen. Read the latest below.

Restoration work on the bridges over York, Bay, and Yonge Streets is now complete after months of hard work.

The upgrades on the downtown Toronto bridges included concrete repairs, structural steel repairs, recoating, concrete repair and structural rehabilitation of the covered pedestrian walkways that provide access to train platforms on each side of York and Bay Streets (known as teamways).

All of the work was done while trains continued to safely operate above and pedestrian and vehicular traffic safely passed below.

View from under the newly renovated  York Street bridge
The view from underneath the newly renovated York Street bridge that is adjacent to Union Station. (Metrolinx photo)

Metrolinx contactors Grascan and Torbridge Construction Ltd. delivered the project on the accelerated contract schedule which was administered by HDR Inc. to minimize any disruption to Metrolinx customers and the public.

In April 2020, Metrolinx posted a story about the ongoing downtown bridge restoration.

Jeffrey Luckai, bridges & structures specialist at Metrolinx says that while the structural restoration is now complete – crews will return to site next month to install new LED light fixtures at Yonge Street and to conduct a few other minor tweaks.

The bridges were built over 90 years ago and are critical to the operations of the Union Station transit hub.

While preserving historical attributes, the restorative work will extend the life of the bridges by approximately 20 years and prepare the Union Station Rail Corridor for more service across the region with up to 6,000 trains per week.

Story by Stacey Kenny, Metrolinx communications senior advisor