By REMI STEPHANIE ROZARIO
The Coxwell Avenue railway bridge, north of Gerrard Street East and south of Hanson Street, is being rehabilitated to create a better path for pedestrians.
The construction process will entail repairing the pedestrian pathway located south of the railway between Coxwell Avenue and Woodfield Road.
Construction work is expected to take place between this April and September.
Beaches-East York Councillor Brad Bradford said it’s vital to maintain the city’s infrastructure to make sure that bridges are safe for vehicles and pedestrians, which is a key factor in this project.
This upgraded design will have improved pedestrian connections along the stretch underneath the bridge and it will also consist of new landscaping.
“We’re going to make sure that this bridge meets today’s standards and remains safe for vehicles and pedestrians going forward,” Bradford said.
Susan Pape, senior communications coordinator at the City of Toronto, said that the public is prioritized during construction periods.
“Wherever possible, the city takes a coordinated approach to construction in order to minimize the disruption to the public,” she said in an email.
Bradford said the city has strategically coordinated with Metrolinx, who operate the rail lines on the bridge, to make sure that the work takes place at all atonce, rather than inconveniencing residents at different times
The bridge rehabilitation is part of Toronto Council’s approved 2019 capital works program.
“The city needs to make these investments in state of good repair in our infrastructure. That’s a core service that we provide and deliver for Torontonians,” Bradford said.
Here’s what commuters need to know when travelling in the area during this time period:
Pedestrian access: During the course of the constriction, the pedestrian pathway south of the railway will be closed between Coxwell Avenue and Woodfield Road for approximately three weeks.
TTC service: Bus service of the 22 Coxwell (north/southbound) and 322 Coxwell (east/westbound) routes will be affected.
Traffic control: There will be no northbound traffic on Coxwell Avenue from Fairford Avenue/Gerrard Street to Hanson Street. Commuters will have access to driveways, businesses, and streets at all times, but will only be accessible from Coxwell Avenue southbound.