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Section of Bay Street to be closed for glass pedestrian bridge installation

Last Updated Aug 30, 2019 at 4:16 pm EDT

An illustration of what the new glass bridge over Bay Street will look like. The bridge will connect the ScotiaBank Arena to the new GO Transit bus terminal, which is still under construction. (H-O/METROLINX)

Crews will be installing a new glass pedestrian bridge connecting the Scotiabank Arena and the future Union Station GO Transit Bus Terminal this weekend.

This will mean Bay Street between Front Street West and Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, Metrolinx said.

“GO customers will have restricted access to both the Bay East and Bay West teamways,” a Metrolinx blog post said. “GO buses will be able to get through to the bus terminal via Front Street, but with certain detours on York or Yonge Streets, buses may be arriving five to ten minutes late.”

Metrolinx said crews will lift the bridge into place this weekend and add steel framing, storm pipes, drains, insulation, and other parts the following weekend.

The bridge will span 39.5 metres over Bay Street when it’s been installed, the transit agency said.

“The elevated pedestrian bridge will eventually allow GO Customers to safely cross Bay Street above traffic and directly access level two of the new Union Station Bus Terminal, once it’s completed,” Metrolinx said.

The Union Station GO Transit Bus Terminal is expected to be completed in 2020.