The City is moving forward with plans to reconstruct the Glen Road pedestrian bridge (Morley Callaghan Footbridge) across the Rosedale Valley Ravine and the pedestrian tunnel under Bloor Street East that connect the neighbourhoods of Rosedale and North St James Town.

The City’s contractor will undertake the following work: replacement of the existing pedestrian bridge and tunnel, installation of a barrier free accessible path from the north side of Bloor Street East to connect with the bridge, redesign of public spaces at the north and south ends of the bridge and tunnel.

Construction is expected to begin with the bridge removal in early spring 2022 and will take at least two years to complete. Prior to beginning this work, in early 2022 the following activities will take place: traffic control set-up, tree protection / removal, and implementation of erosion control measures.

Virtual Construction Information Event:

A Virtual Construction Information Event was held on the evening of November 18, 2021. This was an opportunity to learn more about the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge & Tunnel Replacement and to provide feedback and ask questions.

You can view the presentation that was shared at the event.

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Construction Information Event – October 28, 2021

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Previous bridge rehabilitation was completed in 2001. Emergency repairs to the structure were completed in early 2015. Inspections to ensure the safety of the bridge continue to take place annually.

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.

As part of the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge & Tunnel Replacement project, the City of Toronto will be upgrading the public space at the end of Glen Road, south of the existing tunnel.

Major features of the new design include:

  • Larger and reconfigured public space with pavers
  • Relocated and expanded planting area
  • Extension of the east sidewalk to support the mobility needs of people of all ages and abilities
  • Measures to enhance public safety

Community Meeting

The City hosted an online community meeting on July 8, 2021 and invited feedback up to July 26, 2021. View the presentation slides and feedback summary provided below.

A Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA), Schedule ‘C’ was completed in December of 2017 for the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge and Tunnel. The recommendations and results that came out of this EA process included:

  • Replace the bridge in the same location with a new steel-girder structure with steel inclined legs
  • Widen the existing tunnel to the west and maintain its current alignment
  • Areas were identified for improved urban design and landscaping: north landing, south landing, and south of tunnel
  • A need for a barrier free access to connect Bloor St. East to the bridge was identified

The full Environmental Study Report is available for review as PDF files below. These documents outline the decision-making process, public consultation and the study findings informing the bridge and tunnel design.

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

Updates to the project since the completion of the Environmental Assessment include:

  • Determining a location and further development of a multi-use sloped path connecting the bridge and Bloor Street East (“barrier free accessible pathway”)
  • Replacement of the existing staircase on the north side of Bloor Street East
  • Public realm improvements on Glen Road south of Bloor Street East
  • Addition of bridge barriers with integrated lighting
  • Integration of public art by Couzyn Van Heuvelen on the tunnel walls and Glen Road south public space

To find out more about these updates, view the project’s second presentation to the Design Review Panel: Glen Road Bridge Tunnel July 2020 presentation

City-led infrastructure construction has been deemed essential to ensure the City’s infrastructure remain safe, in a state of good repair and able to meet Toronto’s needs. For more information on the City’s response visit the COVID-19 pages.

Work Hours:

Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (additional hours as needed)

Work Details:

The City’s contractor will:

  • Remove existing bridge, tunnel, retaining walls and north of Bloor Street East staircase including footings and structural elements (e.g. fences, steel beam guide rails);
  • Construct a new bridge and tunnel, including foundation;
  • Construct a new barrier free accessible pathway from Bloor Street East to the landing between new bridge and tunnel;
  • Install new railings on the pathway, staircase, parapet wall, bridge approaches and bridge deck;
  • Install new streetscaping elements in the public space on Glen Road south near the TTC subway entrance, including a new retaining wall, paver stones, lighting and plantings;
  • Extend existing sidewalk on the east side of Glen Road, south of the tunnel;
  • Install new artistic bollards at the tunnel entrance and new art on concrete tunnel walls; and
  • Install new light poles and surface-mounted strip light fixtures along bridge railings and tunnel walls.

 Access to Your Home

The City-hired contractor may need access to the interior and exterior of your home to complete a pre-construction condition inspection. Affected properties will receive a request from the contractor to schedule a time to complete the inspection. Although participation is voluntary, the pre-construction inspection results may be useful to confirm claims for potential damage caused by City construction.

Physical Distancing

There are times when contractors need to communicate with homeowners about what is happening on-site. This could be about driveway access, water shut offs, pre-construction inspections, and site restoration work (landscaping, installing pavers etc.). Contractor’s staff will be identifiable by their high-visibility clothing and will maintain physical distancing.

Site Safety

Workers on site are responsible for the work assigned to them. If you have construction questions or an issue on site – ask to be directed to the site inspector. If the site inspector is unavailable, contact the person listed at the end of this notice.

City Owned Trees

Due to the nature of this project, 127 City trees will need to be removed from the Rosedale Valley ravine and the City’s boulevard in order to carry out the work. Tree removals have been reviewed with the City’s Urban Forestry Division. Over 400 new trees and 1000 new shrubs will be planted.

Traffic Management

Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets. Motorists are reminded that bicycles and cars may be sharing travel lanes. When driving, please be mindful of vulnerable road users.

  • Lane reduction on Bloor Street East: During the two-staged tunnel reconstruction, travel lanes on Bloor Street East will be reduced to one shared travel lane in each direction for people driving and cycling. The existing bike lanes will be temporarily removed and restored after the tunnel work is completed.
  • Rosedale Valley Road Closure: During the bridge removal and new bridge construction, Rosedale Valley Road will be fully closed from Park Road to Bayview Avenue for several weekends. Pedestrian detour will be provided during the full closure.

 Pedestrian Access

A temporary pedestrian walkway will be provided on both sides of Bloor Street East for the entire duration of construction for east-west travel.

  • During the bridge and tunnel closure, pedestrians are encouraged to use Sherbourne Avenue as an alternate route for north-south travel.

Parking

This project will impact on-street parking. Parking in the active work zone is not permitted as space is needed for construction equipment and materials. If your parked vehicle affects construction work, it will be relocated with no charge to the owner. Please call 416-808-2222 for its location.

Parking Violation Notice

If parking enforcement is called to a street, officers must issue a yellow parking violation notice (ticket) to vehicles in violation of parking by-laws. If you receive a yellow notice during this construction work, do the following within 15 days of the notice date:

  1. Contact the site inspector or person listed on the Construction Notice and give them the yellow notice number.
  2. Dispute the parking violation notice online or in person following the process listed on the back of the parking violation notice.

You may use the Construction Notice as part of the explanation of why the violation should be cancelled. 

Please note: violation notices cannot be cancelled if vehicles are parked in illegal parking spots (i.e. in front of a fire hydrant or in no parking zones).

In an effort to reduce ticketing due to construction, please exercise patience with neighbours who are experiencing construction and may need to temporarily park on your street.

Restoration

The construction work area will be restored with sod, concrete and/or asphalt where required. Interlocking bricks, flagstone on a granular base, or other similar features that are removed from public and private property during construction will be replaced. Lawn seeding and/or laying of sod will be done as needed during ideal growing seasons only – in the spring (April to June) and fall (September to October).

Accessible Accommodation

The City’s contractor must ensure safe and accessible walkways and entryways are maintained for everyone during construction.  Any temporary access disruptions will be communicated as soon as possible.  If you experience a disruption, have a specific access need or related accommodation request, contact the Field Ambassador:

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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.

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