As Toronto’s downtown core continues to grow and evolve, the City continues to plan for new ways to enhance accessibility and connectivity around the expanding communities. Aware of the need for a strong connection around Fort York, the City initiated a project to develop a bridge to allow pedestrian and cycle access from Trinity Bellwoods to Fort York.
In 2012, City Council authorized City staff, Build Toronto and its development partners to integrate the bridge within the area development. In 2013, Build Toronto was invited to collaborate with the City on the project. Build Toronto, having expertise in the areas of identifying development opportunities, and in moving City properties from concept planning through to construction, initiated a plan to realize this important connection. Based on multiple factors such as budget restrictions, local transportation needs, tight timelines, stakeholder engagement, the need for flexibility in design to allow for innovation and a host of other considerations, a non-traditional procurement model was recommended to facilitate optimal design and cost-effective construction.
This bridge will fall on the parks and open space planned as part of the development. This is an important aspect of this project and for the neighbourhood in providing a much needed space for the local community.
For more information, visit the Fort York Bridge project page.