Canada’s first stainless steel bridge lifted
The first span of two new bridge crossings over a busy rail corridor in Toronto was installed recently.
Date 6 August 2018
The first span of two new bridge crossings over a busy rail corridor in Toronto was installed recently and, once complete, the Garrison Crossing pedestrian and cycle bridge will create a much-needed connection between Trinity Bellwoods Park in the north and the Fort York grounds in the south.
The north span of the new all stainless-steel bridges connecting the South Stanley Park Extension to the Ordnance Triangle was built and installed by Niagara Falls, Ont.-based E.S. Fox Limited and lifted into place July 28.
The bridge is located in the Liberty Village area of Toronto and is bound by two railway tracks to form a triangular shape.
This will be the first 100 per cent stainless steel bridge in Canada, which has many benefits, said Steve Matthews, area manager in the structural steel and bridge division of E.S. Fox Limited.
“A stainless-steel bridge will basically be maintenance free for over 100 years, you don’t have to paint it, it doesn’t rust, there is no repair work to do on it,” he said. “You don’t have to close rail lines down and interfere with trains and traffic to go do maintenance.”
The general contractor on the project is Dufferin Construction and the structural engineer/designer is Pedelta Structural Engineers, a specialty bridge engineering firm based in Spain. The south span of the bridge is expected to be installed in September or October.
Photographs: E.S. Fox Limited