McKnight Boulevard pedestrian bridge rehabilitation

Project update - August 2022

The McKnight Pedestrian Bridge will be installed over the roadway on August 20-21.

McKnight Blvd will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Centre St N to Greenview Dr/Trelle Dr. Major delays are expected.

The bridge will remain closed to pedestrians until the rehabilitation work is complete in October 2022.

The pedestrian bridge crossing McKnight Boulevard at Centre A Street will undergo a major rehabilitation in 2022 with the intent of extending its service life by 35 years.

The bridge will be removed from the site and sent to a shop for repairs. It will be coated with a pattern of colors chosen by the students of the nearby school. 

Traffic impacts

Road closures needed during the installation of the bridge will be scheduled during off-peak hours. With the majority of the work being done offsite, impact to traffic should be minimal.

Pedestrian impacts

The bridge provides an above ground pedestrian route from the Thorncliffe green space on the north side of McKnight Boulevard to the Foundations for Future Charter Academy Middle School on the south.

Pedestrians will need to use the at-grade crossing at McKnight Boulevard and Centre Street North.

Scope of work

A complete rehabilitation of the structure is needed as it is severely deteriorated/corroded. The work will include: 

  • Bridge deck replacement.
  • Expansion joint replacement.
  • Substructure repair.
  • Replacement of damaged pedestrian barrier panel
  • Replacement of steel truss coating.

Budget

Rehabilitation of the bridge is estimated at $1.75 million.

Project timeline

  • April – October 2022
  • May 14-16, 2022 - Bridge removal
  • August 20-21, 2022 - Bridge installation
  • October 2022 - Bridge opening
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