CityPlace pedestrian bridge closed after inspection
Sorry 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."