Toronto’s Dowling and Dunn Avenues to close for bridge demolition
Parts of Dowling Avenue and Dunn Avenue will be closed starting November 9 in preparation for the demolition of the Dowling Avenue Bridge and the Dunn Avenue Bridge over the Metrolinx Rail Corridor during the weekend of November 21 and 22.
Dowling Avenue will be closed to vehicles in both directions from south of Glenavon Road to Lake Shore Boulevard effective Monday, November 9. Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained until immediately before the demolition of the bridge. A new temporary bridge limited to pedestrians and cyclists will open in December. The pedestrian bridge will need to be closed for a few weeks next spring during work over the Gardiner Expressway in that area.
Dunn Avenue will be closed to vehicles in both directions from Springhurst Avenue to Lake Shore Boulevard effective Monday, November 9. Pedestrian and cyclist traffic will be maintained until immediately before the bridge demolition. A new temporary bridge on Dunn will open in March for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
Motorists in the area who want to access Lake Shore Boulevard West will need to use Jameson Avenue or Dufferin Street, and should allow extra time to get to and from their destinations during these closures.
The bridge work is necessary as both bridges are approaching the end of their service life. The project is part of the Council-approved 2015 Capital Works Program.
In order to mitigate traffic congestion as a result of this closure, the City will implement timing changes to traffic signals to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes and will provide real-time traffic information on the City’s overhead signs.
The City has a web-based map to help residents and visitors make their travel plans, available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions. Information about the City’s planned capital construction work, which also affects roads, is available at http://www.toronto.ca/inview.
This work is part of the City’s comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto’s roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.
Any qyestions or comments relating to this work can be directed to Jodie Atkins, M.Eng., P.Eng.