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New Crescent Town pedestrian bridge coming early next year, school board says

The Toronto District School Board and a local business are preparing to install a new pedestrian bridge in Toronto's Crescent Town neighbourhood at the end of January to replace one that partially collapsed a year ago.

Modular structure to replace bridge that partially collapsed a year ago, councillor says

Coun. Brad Bradford says by the end of January, the Toronto District School Board and a local business will replace a pedestrian bridge that partially collapsed a year ago in Toronto's Crescent Town neighbourhood. (CBC)

The Toronto District School Board and a local business are preparing to install a new pedestrian bridge in Toronto's Crescent Town neighbourhood at the end of January to replace one that partially collapsed a year ago.

Coun. Brad Bradford, who represents Ward 19, Beaches-East York, told a community meeting on Tuesday night that the new structure is modular and crews will install it after it is constructed off site.

"Over the course of the year, the city conducted an investigation. We did an internal audit. We really wanted to understand what happened," Bradford said on Tuesday.

Bradford said the pedestrian bridge was used by hundreds of students every day.

"We got lucky here because the collapse happened in the early morning hours on a weekend. If that was any other time of the day, it could have been catastrophic," he said.

The privately owned but publicly-accessible bridge was an elevated walkway that linked apartment buildings to Crescent Town Elementary School. 

Concrete from the underside of the bridge, which crossed Massey Square near Victoria Park Avenue north of Danforth Avenue, fell to the ground on Nov. 17, 2018. 

No one was injured when it partially collapsed.

The bridge was jointly owned by the school board and Bleeman Holdings, which uses Pinedale Properties to manage the property on its behalf. The partial collapse occurred on the portion of the bridge owned by Bleeman Holdings. 

After the collapse, the entire bridge was demolished.

"The collapse of the bridge over Massey Square was a potentially catastrophic event for the city," city staff said in a June 24 report.

"The bridge was used daily by students to access Crescent Town Elementary School, and it was fortunate that no one was hurt as a result of the collapse."

The cost for the TDSB portion of the bridge is approximately $133,000. The board says it expects the bridge will be open by January.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story stated the City of Toronto is building the new pedestrian bridge. In fact, the Toronto District School Board and a local business are building the project.
    Nov 22, 2019 1:39 PM ET

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