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.

Starting March 7, 2022, the pedestrian bridge and tunnel will close in order to proceed with the following planned work:

  • Removal of the existing bridge and construction of a new pedestrian bridge;
  • Replacement of the pedestrian tunnel;
  • Installation of a barrier free accessible path from the north side of Bloor Street East to connect with the bridge; and
  • Public realm enhancement at the north and south ends of the bridge and tunnel.

This project is anticipated to be complete in fall 2023.

During construction, traffic on Bloor Street East will be reduced to one shared travel lane in each direction for people driving and cycling excavate Bloor Street in two stages and reconstruct the tunnel underneath in half during each stage.

To remove the existing bridge and lift steel components of the new bridge in place, four planned weekend (Saturday and Sunday) full road closures of Rosedale Valley Road will be required between April 2022 and August 2022 for heavy crane operations. These closures will be announced on this web page and communicated through project email updates.

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.

Event Materials

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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 Scope and Phases

Timelines are subject to change

  • Pre-phase (until March 7, 2022)
    • Marking the locations of underground utilities, such as gas, water and cable, with temporary protection and/or relocation of these utilities as necessary, so that the construction work does not cause interference to public services; and
    • Mobilization to the site by setting up field offices and storing materials / equipment on Bloor Street East. For minor material storage, Dale Avenue and Glen Road north may be used.
  •  Phase 1 (March 7, 2022 to December 2022)
    • Removal of City owned trees (see “City Owned Trees” section below for further details);
    • Removal of the entire bridge structure and construction of new bridge;
    • Removal and reconstruction of the north side of the tunnel under Bloor Street East;
    • Installation of new electrical connections for lighting on the bridge;
    • Construction of the new barrier free access path from north side of Bloor Street East; and
    • Streetscape work at north end of bridge
  • Winter shutdown (December 2022 to March 2023)
    • No planned work;
    • The two traffic lanes on Bloor Street East will be shifted back to the centre; and
    • Previously removed bike lanes and parking spots will be reinstated.
  • Phase 2 – March 2023 to fall 2023
    • Further removal of City owned trees;
    • Removal and reconstruction of the south side of tunnel under Bloor Street East;
    • Installation of new electrical for lighting in the tunnel; and
    • Installation of new streetscaping elements in the public space south end of the tunnel.

Project Area Map

Map of Work area, indicating pedestrian detours, subway station entrances, lane closures and shared travel lanes. Please contact Michael Vieira at michael.vieira3@toronto.ca for more information.

Work Hours

Work will take place Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additional Sunday & Statutory holiday work may be required. Notification will be provided.

Noise

The contractor is responsible to minimize construction related noise. Higher levels of noise can be anticipated during bridge removal and replacement and concrete breaking work.

Dust

The contractor is responsible for minimizing dust in the work zone

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. Existing trees adjacent to the construction site will be protected.

The contractor plans to begin tree removals on March 17, 2022.

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.

  • Travel lane reductions on Bloor Street East:
    • March 7, 2022 to end of December 2022 (Phase 1), during the two-staged tunnel reconstruction, travel lanes on Bloor Street East will be shifted to the south side and reduced to one shared travel lane in each direction for people driving and cycling;
    • End of December 2022 to March 2023 (during winter shutdown), the two traffic lanes will be shifted back to the centre, and the bike lanes and parking spots will be reinstated; and
    • April 2023 to fall 2023 (Phase 2), similar to Phase 1, travel lanes on Bloor Street East will be shifted to the north side and reduced to one shared travel lane in each direction for people driving and cycling. Upon completion of Phase 2, the two traffic lanes will be shifted back to the centre, and the bike lanes and parking spots will be reinstated.
  • Full road closures of Rosedale Valley Road:
    • During the bridge removal and new bridge construction, Rosedale Valley Road will fully close from Park Road to Bayview Avenue for a total of four weekends (Saturday and Sunday) for heavy crane operations. These closures are planned to take place in late April, early May and late August 2022. A pedestrian detour will be provided during the closures. The closure dates will be announced on this webpage and via email. Register here to receive these updates.

Emergency access will be maintained at all times.

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 Street as an alternate route for north-south travel. See map here.

Cyclists

During construction the bike lane on Bloor Street East will be temporarily closed through the work zone. Signs will be posted directing cyclists and drivers to share the lane, single file, through the work zone

TTC Sherbourne Station at Glen Road (South)

Access to the Sherbourne Subway station entrance at Glen Road will be maintained at all times. However, due to the bridge and tunnel closure, anyone north of Bloor Street West will need to access Sherbourne Station via Sherbourne Street.

Parking

The impact to on-street parking will be minimal due to the construction activity associated with this project, more specifically on Bloor Street West (at the tunnel entrance and stairs) and on Glen Road North and Glen Road South.

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.

Bike Parking

The existing bike rings on Glen Road South, adjacent to the Sherbourne Station entrance will be removed during construction. Once work is completed, the contractor will reinstall these bike rings.

Parking Violation Notice

Please ensure that you park in a legal spot at all times throughout construction. 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. Dispute the parking violation notice online or in person following the process listed on the back of the parking violation notice.
  2. Contact the site inspector or the person listed at the end of this notice and give them the yellow notice number.
    You may submit this construction notice as part of the Parking Violation Dispute process. Please note: Violation notices cannot be cancelled if vehicles are parked illegally (e.g. 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 impacts 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:

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. The most recent inspection took place in November 2021 and it was confirmed that the bridge continues to be safe.

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.

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; and
  • 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 Field Ambassador 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; and
  • 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.

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; and
  • 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.

Construction Timeline

Both the bridge and tunnel will be closed for the entire duration of the construction starting March 7, 2022 until fall 2023. There will be a temporary winter shutdown of construction activity from end of December 2022 to March 2023. The new bridge is expected to open fall 2023, along with the new tunnel.

Construction Hours and Noise

The construction hours will be Monday to Friday 7:00am to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. There will be overnight work, as well as Sundays and Statutory holidays, as required. The exceptions are removal of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge using heavy cranes, which will occur around the clock over several weekends in late April, early May and late August 2022.

Impacts to Bridge / Tunnel Users

As the pedestrian bridge and tunnel will be closed, an alternate route will be in place: north / south along on Glen Road, east/west on Maple Avenue and north/south on Sherbourne Street. There will be advisory signage in place. See alternate route map here.

Impacts to Road Users on Bloor Street East

During Phase 1 and 2 construction (March 7, 2022 to December 2022 and April 2023 to fall 2023, respectively), one shared travel lane in each direction for people driving and cycling will be maintained on Bloor Street East. Cyclists and motorists will need to share the road during these times. Uninterrupted pedestrian traffic will be maintained on both sides of Bloor Street East.

Impacts to Road Users on Rosedale Valley Road

Traffic lanes on Rosedale Valley Road will remain open, except during removal of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge using heavy cranes, in which Rosedale Valley Road will be closed entirely from Park Road to Bayview Avenue for a total of four weekends (Saturday and Sunday).

Access to Sherbourne Station

Both entrances to Sherbourne Station will remain open throughout construction. Due to the closure of the pedestrian bridge and tunnel, people walking from north of the Rosedale Valley will need to access the station via Sherbourne Street.

Tree Protection and Removal

A total of 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. Existing trees adjacent to the construction site will be protected. The contractor plans to begin tree protection works on March 15, 2022 in advance of any tree removals.

Parking Impacts

During construction, approximately 15 pay and display (metered) parking spaces will be affected on the south side of Bloor Street East, adjacent to the stairs above the tunnel entrance. In addition, roughly 3 on-street parking spaces will be removed on Glen Road (North) during Phase 1 construction, and approximately 3 on-street parking spaces on Glen Road (South) will be removed for Phase 2 construction. These 3 spots will not be restored, as the space is required for the new public space.

Bridge Safety

The most recent inspection of the bridge, which was completed in November 2021, concluded that the bridge continues to be safe; however, it is at the end of its structural life span and must be replaced for safety reasons.

Redesign Process

A Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study was completed to determine the design solution. The study report (December 2017) recommended: replacing the bridge in the same location with a structure similar in appearance to the existing and replace and widen the tunnel to the west (following the current alignment); identifying areas for improved urban design and landscaping: north landing, south landing, and south of tunnel; and a need for a barrier free access to connect Bloor St. East to the bridge. All these elements were further defined and developed during the detailed design process.

Public Space Maintenance

Maintenance of any new elements within the City’s Right-of-Way will be the responsibility of the City.

Winter Bridge Maintenance

The bridge will be maintained during the winter. De-icing salts will be used. The pedestrian bridge deck will be completely waterproofed with a high performance waterproofing product. This type of material provides a durable wearing layer for skid resistance. Premium reinforcement, Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP), will also be used in the bridge deck to prevent salt-induced corrosion as de-icing salts are used during winter maintenance.

Public Art

Economic Development & Culture (EDC) carried out a public art competition in the summer of 2019 and Inuit artist Couzyn Van Heuvelen’s proposal was selected. The project is centred around the theme of migration and travel, and references Inuit stonecut printmaking techniques and stone carving.

Public Art Vandalism Mitigation

Economic Development and Culture is committed to and responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the Public Art collection, which is done under the direction of the division’s public art conservator. Anti-graffiti coating is required for all components of this project.

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