This past weekend, construction began on the long-awaited Portland Street Pedestrian Bridge that will span the rail corridor between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. Once completed, the bridge will provide pedestrians and cyclists an alternative to Bathurst or Spadina to travel over the rail corridor between the CityPlace neighbourhood and the waterfront. Concord Adex, the developers of the CityPlace neighbourhood in the Railway Lands, are designing and building the bridge in return for changes in the land use in the area. The bridge will be called “Puente de Luz” (bridge of light) and will resemble Calgary’s Peace Bridge. Construction has also begun on an impressive-looking pedestrian and bicycle trail on the south side of the railway tracks.
Installation of Portland Street Bridge “Puente de Luz”, photo taken Aug 6, 2011