The City of Toronto has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to determine the long-term solution to address the deteriorating condition of Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge and identify opportunities to improve the adjoining pedestrian tunnel that connects to the south side of Bloor Street East.

Study Recommendations

Technical analysis and stakeholder consultation has resulted in a recommended design:

  • replace the bridge in the same location with a wider, steel girder incline leg bridge type (very similar to the current structure)
  • replace and widen the tunnel to the west (following the current alignment)

Below are artist renderings from the Environmental Study Report, of the proposed bridge design concept.

 

Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge & Tunnel Study. Artist rendering of wide bridge with modern railing.

 

 

Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge & Tunnel Study. Artist's rendering of recommend structure type: steel girder with inclined steel legs

 

Summary information about the study, the bridge and tunnel design, and public consultation can be found in the display panels from the October 24, 2017 Public Information Centre #2. (PDF)

If you require assistance in reading these materials, please contact the Senior Public Consultation Coordinator listed in the Contact Information section.

The Environmental Study Report (see below) documents the decision-making process and the study findings

 

Detail design and tender is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2019, which will be followed by construction in 2020-2021.

Further public consultation, anticipated for late spring 2019, will be conducted during the Detail Design phase of the project.

Environmental Study Report

The full Environmental Study Report is available for review as PDF files below.

If you require assistance in reading these materials, please contact the Senior Public Consultation Coordinator listed in the Contact Information section.

Background

Located Between Bloor Street East and South Rosedale

Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge & Tunnel Study Map of the Study Area
Map of the Study Area

This pedestrian-only structure between Sherbourne Street and Parliament Street, spanning the Rosedale Valley Road, provides a north-south connection from the north side of Bloor Street East to the intersection of Glen Road and Dale Avenue. Study area includes pedestrian tunnel.

Over a Century of History

Photo of Glen Road Bridge, 1895
Glen Road Bridge, 1895

For over 130 years, Glen Road has had a bridge over Rosedale Valley, connecting the community of Rosedale to the city. This study respects the importance of this historic connection and will give appropriate consideration to the cultural heritage value of the bridge structure. The bridge is listed on the City’s inventory of heritage bridges and is part of the South Rosedale Heritage Conservation District.

Transportation Services is working closely with Heritage Toronto to ensure the future of the bridge honours its history, and that heritage elements are preserved where possible.

In 1992 a bylaw was enacted to formally change the name of the Glen Road Footbridge to the Morley Callaghan Footbridge.

For this project, we use “Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge” for sake of local recognition.

Previous bridge rehabilitation was completed in 2001.  Emergency repairs on the structure were completed in early 2015, with ongoing annual inspections to ensure the safety of the bridge.

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Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.