The Spadina Road bridge isn’t falling down. Instead, it’s being spruced up, just in time for an anticipated onslaught of tourists as Toronto prepares to play host to the Pan Am Games this summer.
Spadina Road south of St. Clair Avenue West will be closed to southbound traffic while construction crews finish repairing the base, fixing cracks and installing new lighting and utility poles on the Spadina Road bridge.
“It’s an important artery for the city, and a gateway to Casa Loma as well,” Ward 21 councillor Joe Mihevc said of the bridge, which spans the Nordheimer Ravine next to Winston Churchill Park. “It’s not a massive project… but we want it looking spiffy and shiny for the Pan Am Games, for visitors to Casa Loma and, of course, for commuters using that route to get home.”
The current repairs represent the second period in eight months that southbound traffic has been closed on the bridge. To avoid blocking northbound traffic entirely, half of the bridge was repaired over a three-month period last fall, and work on the other half began on April 6.
The $3.6-million project, being carried out by Bridgecon Construction Ltd., is expected to be completed by Aug. 31.