King-Liberty Pedestrian Cycle Bridge
Anticipated completion is early 2019.
Public Consultation on Detailed Design
The City of Toronto is in the final stages of detailed design for the new pedestrian/cycling bridge to be constructed over the Metrolinx Union Station Rail Corridor, from Douro Street to the western leg of Western Battery Road.
This new bridge will provide a convenient and more direct route from Liberty Village to King Street West between Atlantic Avenue and Strachan Avenue.
The location and general design of the bridge was endorsed by City Council in December 2011.
We invite you to review and comment on the detailed design of the bridge and related landscaping.
Approved Design to Date
The following design was endorsed by Council in 2011, after public consultation within the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process:
- The bridge location will be aligned with the western legs of both Douro Street and Western Battery Road.
- A 5 metre wide covered and mostly enclosed deck will span the entirety of the 45 m wide Metrolinx rail corridor.
- Access to the bridge will be provided by a staircase (with a bicycle channel) on each side, as well as elevators for barrier-free access
- All passageways and approaches will be illuminated for 24 hour access.
- Security measures, such as closed-circuit cameras and emergency call buttons will be provided.
Following a public consultation event in December 2016, the following elements have also now been planned for the final design:
- security measures including four cameras and multiple emergency call buttons
- public art to be included
- open stairs and parapets to increase visibility and reduce loitering
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South Side Approach
Bridge Deck Façade Treatment
Staircase and Railing
1. Why is the City building the bridge?
This new pedestrian / cycling bridge over the Metrolinx Union Station Rail Corridor, from Douro Street to the western leg of Western Battery Road will provide a convenient and more direct route from Liberty Village to King Street West between Atlantic Avenue and Strachan Avenue.
2. Is this bridge construction fully funded? How much will it cost?
Construction of the bridge is estimated to cost about 6 million. Funding has been secured and is included in the City’s Transportation Services Division Capital Budget.
3. When would construction take place?
Construction is anticipated to start in early 2018 for completion by early 2019.
4. Why is the bridge design mostly enclosed and covered?
Metrolinx requires 2 metre high barrier walls on this bridge because it extends across the rail corridor. The proposed design includes a roof, which will minimize the need for winter maintenance and provide greater comfort for bridge users in inclement weather.
5. Will this project include any public art?
Public art will be commissioned for the interior of the bridge. The public art process will be done in 2017-2018.
6. Could there be a green roof?
The City Has determined that the maintenance required for a green roof over an active rail corridor would be very challenging and is there for not being pursued for this project.
7. Why does the bridge design include elevators and not ramps?
“A ramp even at the maximum grade (1 in 12) would be over 100 m long (particularly on the north side of the crossing) and hence unattractive to its users, visually obtrusive (conflicting with the urban design objectives for the area), and difficult to keep clear of ice and snow at all times. A large ramp structure would impinge on Douro Street and require removal of trees, while hampering future efforts to introduce a multi-use pathway along the rail corridor.”
The approved design includes elevators and stairs, which have the following advantages:
- provides barrier-free access throughout the entire year.
- Elevator eliminates the need for out-of-way travel and it is accessible for cyclists at all levels.
- Requires the least amount of tree removal.
- Poses minimal impact to possible future multi-use path on Douro Street.
See further details on the 2011 Class Environmental Assessment Study web page.
8. What security measures are being built into the design?
The personal security measures for the King Liberty Bridge structure, elevators and stairs will include:
- use of glass walls for pedestrian visibility
- rffective pedestrian lighting
- vlosed circuit security cameras
- emergency buttons in the elevators at strategic locations
Bridge Operations & Maintenance
9. How will the bridge be maintained?
The City will carry out regular maintenance on the bridge, including snow clearance at the approaches, removal of garbage and regular cleaning. Routine inspections of the bridge will also be carried out and rehabilitation scheduled on an as needed basis.
10. Will the bridge be open overnight?
Yes, the bridge will be available for 24-hour use with lighting and security cameras.
11. Will the bridge, elevators and structures be heated or air-conditioned?
No active heating or air-cooling will provided in the pedestrians pathways or elevators. Openings will be provided for passive air circulation in the stairs and bridge deck passage way.
12. Are there any private property impacts?
A small strip of land between Western Battery Road and the rail corridor will be required to accommodate the preferred location and design of the bridge. In addition, the City and Metrolinx are working to develop the terms and conditions of the necessary construction and crossing agreements needed to allow construction and operation of the bridge over the rail corridor.
13. Will any of the streets be impacted or closed during construction?
Some roadway and sidewalk restrictions will be required on Douro Street and Western Battery Road during portions of construction. No closures are expected to King Street West or other neighbouring major streets.
14. Will any transit routes be impacted from this project?
This project is not anticipated to effect or cause change to any local TTC or Go Transit services.
15. How might this bridge affect near-by tower residents?
This bridge will be a convenient connection for local residents. Lighting and other elements will be designed with consideration of adjacent apartments.
16. How will the public be involved in detailed design?
Input can be provided to the project team at any time throughout the detailed design phase up to September 7, 2017. Input can be provided by phone, mail, fax, email, attending one of the consultation events.
Other Near-by Projects
17. How might the new Liberty Village GO/Smart Track station relate to this bridge?
The new GO/SmartTrack station proposed for Liberty Village is to be located north of King Street West. While the King-Liberty Bridge will not provide a direct connection to the SmartTrack Station, some residents may use the bridge to access other connecting routes to the station. Learn more and get involved at SmartTrack.to.
18. Has the King High Line concept been considered?
The King High Line bridge is a 3rd party concept that has not been studied by the City, nor formally proposed to the City. From their web page, the idea for this bridge would be west of the rail corridor providing access to the north side of King Street West and Sudbury Street beyond. The King-Liberty Bridge does not conflict with the King High Line concept.
Public Consultation History
- View December 2016 Feedback Summary Report
- View December 2016 scans of Idea Rating Sheets public feedback