In total, four new bridges will connect downtown Toronto to the future Villiers Island, the new island that will be created by extending the Don River through the Port Lands. Three bridges have arrived already, and the final bridge is scheduled to arrive in July2022.
The Final Bridge is on its Way!
The bridge is destined for the Keating Channel where it will be installed next to its twin at that same location. It will follow the same route as the other bridges, travelling from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to Toronto via the St. Lawrence Seaway. The bridge is expected to arrive in early July 2022.
The bridge will be visible as it comes through the Eastern Gap into the Inner Harbour. You can track the bridge’s progress along the St. Lawrence Seaway by looking up the Beverley M on the Marine Traffic tracker.
Once the bridge is in the Inner Harbour, you’ll be able to see it from most places along the Water’s Edge Promenade in East Bayfront (by Canada’s Sugar Beach).
The Cherry Street South Bridge is arrived in December, 2021. It followed the same route as the other bridges, travelling from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to Toronto via the St. Lawrence Seaway.
This bridge will cross the new mouth of the Don River where the river meets the lake, at what is currently Polson Slip. We’re rebuilding Cherry Street slightly west of its current location. The new river will flow east-west across Cherry Street, so we need a bridge at this location. This is one of two crossings along the new Cherry Street. The first crossing is the Cherry Street North Bridge, which has two bridges that span the Keating Channel (the first of these two bridges arrived in November 2020).
Fun facts about the Cherry Street South Bridge:
- It is 110 metres long
- It weighs 830 tonnes
- It will cross the new mouth of the Don River, where the river meets the lake
While all the bridges have a cohesive look, they were all installed using different techniques. Check out this video to see an update on the installation of the bridges that have arrived already.
The Commissioners Street bridge was being shipped to Toronto in two sections. The western half arrived in May and the eastern half arrived at the end of August.
Fun Facts about the Commissioners Street Bridge
- The western half of the bridge weighs 650 tonnes and measures 83 metres long
- The eastern half of the bridge weighs 560 tonnes and measures 69 metres long
- The full Commissioners Street Bridge is the longest bridge we’re building, 152 metres long
The first of two bridges that will cross the Keating Channel at Cherry Street arrived in Fall 2020. That bridge will be dedicated to a future transit line into the Port Lands.
The second bridge for this location will be dedicated to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. That bridge is set to arrive in July 2022.
Watch this highlight reel of the first bridge’s journey from the east coast to Toronto in 2020.
We kicked off the bridge’s journey, live from the east coast. The virtual watch party wished the bridge a Bon Voyage!
Waterfront Toronto tracked the bridge’s progress on twitter using #BridgeWatchTO to give daily updates on the bridge’s location. A live event was held to mark the arrival of the first of the four new bridges for Toronto’s Port Lands. Local officials travelled to the construction site to celebrate this important milestone.
Check out the route the bridges will travel to get from Dartmouth to Toronto.