Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina–Fort York, and John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, have announced the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto are investing up to $850,000 to fund the Bentway Pedestrian Bridge.
According to a recent release by Infrastructure Canada, investing in public infrastructure supports efficient transportation networks that help Canadians and their families get essential services on time and back to their desired destination safely.
“Ensuring that cities like Toronto have public transit infrastructure like the Bentway Pedestrian Bridge helps to create more connected and environmentally friendly communities. This bridge will improve pedestrian safety and serve as a vital connection to public transit for residents who work and live in the area,” said Vaughan, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
With the help of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, the project involves the planning and design, engineering review, and geotechnical investigations on soil and rocks.
The Bentway Pedestrian Bridge will enable The Bentway trail to continue across Fort York Boulevard underneath the Gardiner Expressway.
Once complete, the new bridge will extend the Bentway trail to Bathurst Street, establishing better and safer connections to the surrounding communities and transit, and improving travel times for Toronto residents.
“The Bentway is already a unique and innovative public space serving tens of thousands of Toronto residents. The Bentway Pedestrian Bridge is an exciting city-building project that will expand the reach of the trail to more communities and further transform the urban landscape under the Gardiner Expressway,” said Tory.