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CityPlace pedestrian bridge closed after inspection

Posted by Derek Flack / October 31, 2012

Puente de LuzSorry CityPlace residents, but that nice yellow pedestrian bridge that opened last Friday has been temporarily closed after a City of Toronto inspection. Although officials are staying tight-lipped about the details, Helen Noehammer, the City's Director of Development Engineering, revealed in an email that "a number of deficiencies were identified" during the inspection process. Concord Adex has thus restricted access to the bridge until it can address the inspector's concerns.

Speculation over at Urban Toronto cites concerns related to the mesh-covering on the bridge and the possibility that the expansion joints pose a tripping hazard, but the City declined to reveal specific problems until staff have a chance to meet with Concord Adex. That meeting is supposed to take place sometime later this week.

Predictably, what that means is it's impossible to give a concrete timeline on when the bridge will reopen. In a statement released earlier today, Concord Adex confirmed this much in saying that "while it is difficult to determine a precise date for the re-opening of the bridge, we are confident that a resolution will be implemented in the near future." It would appear the issues are of the minor variety, though — so perhaps this is case. We'll provide an update when we know more.

Update (November 5th):

On Friday afternoon, Concord Adex distributed an updated statement on the status of the bridge. While it's still short on details, it does confirm that there are no structural deficiencies and speculates that the bridge should re-open within a month. It's pasted below.

"Since the Puente de Luz, or 'Bridge of Light,' was temporarily closed by the City of Toronto on October 26, Concord Adex has been working diligently with its city partners to ensure that the bridge can re-open as quickly as possible.

In a final inspection that was completed last week, the City did not identify any structural concerns and indicated that the nature of the deficiencies were minor. After receiving additional clarification from Concord Adex and its team of engineers and contractors, the City agreed that a straightforward resolution is at hand.

It is difficult to determine a precise date for the re-opening of the bridge. However, we are confident that, in continued cooperation with the City, all deficiencies can be corrected and approvals granted within one month."



Randy / October 31, 2012 at 04:01 pm
How in the world could they build this thing without enough attention to detail that it can't pass a city inspection?
Uncle Steve / October 31, 2012 at 04:01 pm
It's yelllow.
Yvonne S / October 31, 2012 at 04:06 pm
Ahhh - cuz it's easy to 'jump'?
v79 / October 31, 2012 at 04:11 pm
Not only is it unsafe, it's disgustingly ugly. Whoever chose that colour should be shot. Why ruin such a visible area of downtown with something so unbecoming? They could have at least put a minimal amount of effort into it.
Ace McNugget / October 31, 2012 at 04:15 pm
Ha! Ugly *and* unsafe - Toronto ftw.
Khristopher / October 31, 2012 at 04:18 pm
Yup. Ugly is right. And the hideous mesh fence is even worse.

Also, this is a public bridge, the public should be informed of all details that made them close it.
Michelle / October 31, 2012 at 04:20 pm
You can open a bridge without getting a city inspection?!
Rob / October 31, 2012 at 04:31 pm
Wonder if the inspectors ever had a look at the actual CityPlace condos...horribly constructed monstrosities.
Joe / October 31, 2012 at 04:34 pm
Niklas / October 31, 2012 at 04:35 pm
No you can't. I live on Front and Portland and the bridge was never opened as far as I could tell.

The bridge itself looks fine, its just the color that's bad. I hope they decide to re-paint it.

Speaking of bridges, how about fixing up the rusty bathurst bridge?
JP / October 31, 2012 at 04:43 pm
I haven't seen it in person, but I don't think it's ugly at all.

It's so grey in that part of town, I think the yellow is actually a nice contrast.
Andrew / October 31, 2012 at 04:44 pm
The closure was due to permits being missing/expired. So I hear.
McRib / October 31, 2012 at 04:45 pm
so it was open for 10 minutes before being shut down again? This bridge has been in place for months, why were proper inspections not done before?

and aesthetically, this bridge is an eyesore. par for the course in this town when it comes to public space and amenities. no thought, no planning, and as cheap as possible.


Andrew / October 31, 2012 at 04:47 pm
Can't have it both ways. When Concord built "bland" condos, people complained. When they put a punchy colour on the pedestrian bridge, people complained.

Not so many complaints about the other CityPlace art installations...why not start bashing the canoe? I mean, it's bright red and missing a big piece of the hull...surely it's not sea-worthy. That's enough to complain about...right?
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from Andrew / October 31, 2012 at 04:56 pm
When the Eiffel Tower was completed, people complained. Nothing new with complaints about the bridge.
Jer / October 31, 2012 at 05:17 pm
Why did they have a big ceremony celebrating the bridge if it wasn't ready to be open to the public? Seems like the city inspectors should have done it before hand... Or, they should have delayed the "opening ceremony".
Brandon / October 31, 2012 at 05:21 pm
Call Pittsburgh?
Justin replying to a comment from JP / October 31, 2012 at 05:28 pm
The colour doesn't seem that offensive in that picture but in person it's quite awful. It's a muted, flat yellow. Almost like a cooked yolk colour. If you're going to use yellow, why not go for a bolder yellow.
lowrez replying to a comment from W. K. Lis / October 31, 2012 at 05:28 pm
But the Eiffel Tower isn't bland.
Tort / October 31, 2012 at 05:31 pm
I'm going to have drunken sex on that bridge.
Really? / October 31, 2012 at 05:37 pm
I live in the area, and, for the life of me, I cannot figure out why anyone likes this bridge.

Has anyone actually seen this bridge up close?

It is all kinds of awful.
Rob / October 31, 2012 at 05:42 pm
As a city, we just need to start demanding more. This project has failed on multiple levels. We're talking a bridge, a vital piece of infrastructure, being put in place after several thousand people move in. And an issue immediately prevents it from being operational! So many parties have failed here.
Tyler replying to a comment from Andrew / October 31, 2012 at 06:11 pm
Best comment ever.
mezimeen / October 31, 2012 at 06:19 pm
It's so UGLY!!!! ARGHH
Mt replying to a comment from Andrew / October 31, 2012 at 06:26 pm
has it occured to you that the quality of concord's buildings and bridges is just very low? and perhaps that's why people are complaining?
McRib replying to a comment from Andrew / October 31, 2012 at 06:57 pm
the yellow isn't punchy. It looks like its faded from being out in the elements too long, truly ugly.
Sean / October 31, 2012 at 06:59 pm
What's so unsafe about this or a jumping hazard compared to the rusty old bathurst bridge aka tetanusville just down the road? Or the potholes in the sidewalk on the side of the spadina one down the road. Ma please? You all wine too much. Why don't you leave your computers for 5 mins and enjoy the world outside. The city is just looking for a handout so that they can give themselves bigger bonuses for doing less. The only complaint I have about that bridge is the stupid ramps to get on and off it. They're like a hundred feet away from the actual thing. Also, stop wining you winers. So winy. Your all the reason its been raining so much. All of your winy negative energy. Peace & Love. Peace & Love.
the lemur / October 31, 2012 at 10:20 pm
It seems like they rushed the mesh installation (not that they were really in a hurry to build this thing) to make the official opening ceremony, but the way the mesh is attached to the bridge is not up to code for pedestrian bridges. Something about clamps, I heard.

I don't get the complaints about the colour. Sure, it could be punchier. At least it stands out - which is the point: there's enough grey and brown down there as it is. What other colour should it be?

As for the ramps, it's because the bridge could only be in that location according to GO and Via, whereas the ramps are where people are most likely to get on: at the end of Portland and, uh, somewhere on Iceboat Terrace between two buildings, I guess.
Mark / October 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm
Not the first time Concord Adex has been found to have deficiencies in their work. They are currently replacing all balcony railings in my building after one fell off last year.
esteban / October 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm
I don't mind the color nor the shape. I think they are fine. It bothered me that i was gonna cross it and it was closed
Nicole / October 31, 2012 at 10:44 pm
1 - There is nothing good about the colour they chose for the bridge.


2 - FAIL on having the bridge shut down as soon as it's opened.
the lemur replying to a comment from Nicole / October 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm
Agree on #2, but what would have been a better colour?
ht / October 31, 2012 at 11:05 pm
Has anyone actually stopped and looked at that picture? Hello? It's running over a bunch of train tracks and it's the yellow color that bothers people? The whole area is ugly if you're going to discuss aesthetics.
lloyd replying to a comment from Andrew / October 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm
Andrew, take a look at most of the comments on this blog. It would be hard to find any positive comments. People will complain about anything, its best not to dwell on it.
seanm replying to a comment from Sean / November 1, 2012 at 12:00 am
Thank you. You've summarized the only valid complaint about this bridge: the ridiculous ramps. Was building stairs near the actual entrance really that difficult? Instead pedestrians are forced to travel well out of the way (well, depending on where you're coming from) to access the ramps.

As far as everything else goes, they're all aesthetic complaints. It's a bridge. The colour is uninspiring, but it can be repainted. Based on the suspected issues surrounding its failed inspection, quality of construction isn't likely the issue. Tripping hazard due to expansion joints? Why don't the inspectors review ~75% of Toronto's streets for its various sunken curbs, potholes, cracks and uneven surfaces first. If you trip over a wide expansion joint, you deserve it.
Me / November 1, 2012 at 12:31 am
So people want to jump? Let them.
Spellcheck / November 1, 2012 at 12:33 am
Ford4ever / November 1, 2012 at 06:00 am
Can't they just build little yellow bridges over the expansion joints?
james g / November 1, 2012 at 09:06 am
- Build steps facing North/South.
- Build supplementary ramps facing west on either side.
- Paint it red to match canoe and the sculpture at the foot of Telegram Mews.
mike in parkdale / November 1, 2012 at 09:23 am
worth noting - when the bridge is finally open, it will make the 504 King Streetcar stop at Portland into a zoo.
the lemur / November 1, 2012 at 10:35 am
The location and design of the bridge is basically a compromise forced by GO, which owns the tracks:

'The bridge’s height above the tracks has been determined by the requirement for train engineers to maintain adequate sight lines to the train signals above the tracks. This
requirement is not flexible, as GO Transit must ensure the safe passage of its trains through the corridor. The final bridge height of approximately 11.7 metres above the tracks is higher than originally anticipated, requiring ramps approximately 36.5 m long along the south side of Front Street and also within the Northern Linear Park, in the
Railway Lands West.
The east-west location of the bridge has been set by the location of a required support pier in the railway corridor. This is the only location acceptable to GO Transit. The pier
will be embedded into a retaining wall that is being reconstructed by GO Transit.
Although the bridge itself is east of Portland Street and Dan Leckie Way, the ends of the access ramps will line up with these streets.'

It's unfortunate, but I don't see the point of adding steps facing west, certainly not on Front where there is basically no sidewalk and no foot traffic vs lining it up with Front/Portland.
Clifton / November 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm
Nobody canna cross it!

j-rock / November 1, 2012 at 02:39 pm
I love Toronto, I do. But sometimes we're a bloody joke. The bridge actually doesn't look that bad in the photo, and I haven't seen it in person yet, so I can't comment on that. But to have it shut down for not being up to code, right after opening? That's downright embarrassing? The city let the developers run wild in that part of town, and they in turn, have absolutely destroyed it. We need to reach a point where urban planning is not led by developers. It's too late for Brampton and Mississauga, Markham doesn't have much time left, and now it seems Toronto wants to go down the same destructive route.
mike in parkdale / November 1, 2012 at 03:05 pm
Clifton for the Win.

The bus can't swim.
tracey / November 2, 2012 at 05:45 pm
Our very own wobbly bridge! (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1829053.stm) World class at last :)
ChristieLea / November 6, 2012 at 10:59 am
I actually thought the thing had to be a temporary bridge, because it was so ugly and flimsy-looking. This is supposed to be the permanent bridge? Ugh.
Joe / November 7, 2012 at 02:47 pm
Ive inspected every balcony concord has put up
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