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.

Review the Final Study Report. Comment period ends January 27, 2018

Study Recommendations

Technical analysis and stakeholder consultation has resulted in a preliminary 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 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

 

View more drawings and imagery of the designs in the October 24, 2017 display panels from Public Information Centre #2.

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

An Environmental Study Report has be prepared and is available for public review (comment period ends January 27, 2018).

Further public consultation will be conducted during the Detail Design phase of the project following this Class EA study.

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.

As part of this MCEA study, a cultural heritage evaluation report (CHER) will be undertaken, including a CHER recommendation and a heritage impact assessment, as required.

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

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

The Future of the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge

As noted, the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge is a heritage structure extending from Bloor Street East in the south to Glen Road in the north, passing over the Rosedale Valley Road.  The bridge is identified as needing major improvements.

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.

The completion of the repairs in 2015 has extended the time-frame to undertake this MCEA study, which will determine the future of the bridge.

Alternative solutions for the bridge will be developed and evaluated.

Study Process

This study is being carried out as an MCEA Study (Schedule C). The MCEA process includes identifying the problem or opportunity to be addressed, developing and evaluating a reasonable range of alternatives to identify a preferred solution and design, and providing opportunities for public input.

The City aims to present a recommended solution (e.g., rehabilitate or replace the existing bridge) in September for public feedback.  Further public consultation on alternative design options will be carried out in the months to follow.

The City is working closely with local Councillors, residents’ associations, and other stakeholders to ensure community needs are met throughout this project.

It is anticipated that the MCEA study will be completed in Spring 2017.

There is currently no schedule for implementation. The City must first complete this EA study, receive endorsement from City Council, secure funding, and complete detailed design.

Study Scope

The pedestrian bridge structure is the focus of the study. During consultation on the alternative solutions for the bridge the project scope was refined to include the pedestrian tunnel connection under Bloor Street East.

A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on September 28, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church (227 Bloor St. E). The event provided the public the opportunity to learn about the City’s study, the work completed to date, including the project team’s recommended alternative solution, and the next steps in this process.

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

The September 28 Public Information Centre had 73 participants sign in, share their opinions and speak with staff. We also received 34 completed online feedback forms. The overall results of the public consultation so far can be summarized as follows:

  • consistent support for replacing the bridge in its current location, with general preference for a similar simple design
  • desire for personal safety improvements in the pedestrian tunnel
  • competing views on whether cycling should be accommodated and if so, how it could be done

A detailed public consultation report will be published as part of the final Environmental Study Report.

The study team presented preliminary design recommendations at the Design Review Panel (DRP) on July 18, 2017.

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

A second Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on  October 24, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church (227 Bloor St. E). The event provided the public the opportunity to learn about preliminary recommended design.

The information materials from the event are available for viewing below.

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

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Subscribe to the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge MCEA Study email list to receive project updates and notices of opportunities for participation.

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.

Review the Final Study Report
(Comment Period Ends January 27, 2018)