The City of Toronto is undertaking a Transportation Master Plan (TMP) that will study five bridges within the Rouge National Urban Park (RNUP). Many of these historically and architecturally significant bridges were built in the 1900s and now require repairs. The bridges provide crossings over the Rouge River and Little Rouge River. Additionally, there are two CP Rail corridor underpasses in the RNUP that will also be considered as part of the TMP. Once complete, the TMP will recommend a set of priorities, design options and strategies to support any necessary repairs, replacement or closures.

 

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Update #2 (October 26, 2021): Virtual Public Meeting: Rouge Park Bridges Transportation Master Plan

Virtual Public Meeting

A Virtual Public Meeting was held on the evening of October 21, 2021. This was an opportunity to learn more about the Rouge Park Bridges Transportation Master Plan, provide feedback and ask questions.

Virtual Mapping Tool

Visit our interactive map to learn more about the bridges and provide your comments and ideas.

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Update #1 (December 14, 2020): Study Commencement

To assess all four options for each of the five bridges as well as identify other opportunities to improve access, conditions, and safety for all road users, there will be opportunities for the public to provide input. The first Virtual Public Meeting will be scheduled in 2021.

About the Bridges

Bridge Date Description
A – Sewells Road Bridge1 1912 One of the oldest bridges in former Scarborough, it is believed to be the only remaining suspension bridge on a public road in Ontario.
B – Milne’s Bridge on Old Finch Road2 1988 A two-span Bailey Bridge, which replaced the previous structure from 1954.
C – Hillside Bridge on Meadowvale Road1 1917 The bridge is a Pony Warren Truss.  It carries local traffic across the Rouge River to the Hillside community.
D – Maxwell’s Bridge on Twyn Rivers Drive1 1927 Built over Little Rouge River for access to saw and grist mills and a woolen factory, 19th century industries that reflect the historic rural environment.
E – Stott’s Bridge on Twyn Rivers Drive1 1915 A one-lane wide, steel pony truss bridge. This bridge was temporarily closed for repairs in the summer of 2020.

1 Designated as heritage for historical and structural reasons.2 Listed for possible heritage designation.

Each bridge has a load limit in place, which limits their use by heavy vehicles, such as trucks and emergency vehicles.

Transportation Master Plan

As part of the agreement with Parks Canada, the agency responsible for the Rouge National Urban Park, the City of Toronto owns and manages transportation infrastructure within its boundaries and provides basic municipal services, such as Police, Fire and Emergency Services and winter maintenance among others.

A Transportation Master Plan, or TMP, is a long-range plan that examines the transportation needs within an area and provides a framework and vision for the implementation of the recommended infrastructure improvements over a period of time.  The study will be carried out as a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) Study (Schedule B). The MCEA process, an approved planning process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, includes providing opportunities for public input at key stages.

What the Study Will Include

The study will look at opportunities to improve access, conditions, and safety for all road users. Key features of the study include:

  • Improving pedestrian and cycling accommodation
  • Supporting safe connections for vulnerable road users
  • Measuring traffic volumes, future demands and capacity
  • Maintaining the heritage character of the bridges
  • Identifying narrow crossings, safety concerns and other key structural conditions
  • Maintaining access to the park to continue accommodating park functions
  • Coordination with plans for future park facilities
  • Considering service/emergency vehicle access
  • Balancing the needs of local, regional and tourist access
  • Maintaining access to private properties
  • Minimizing archaeological and natural heritage impacts

Bridge Options

For each bridge, the study will look at four possible options:

Do Nothing
Continue to maintain the bridge with load limits.
Rehabilitate
Make repairs to strengthen the structures and increase posted load
Replace
Put in a new structure that meets today’s bridge code requirements.
Close
Retire the existing structure and either remove or repurpose for recreational use.