Located Between Bloor Street East and South Rosedale
This pedestrian-only structure between Sherbourne Street and Parliament Street, spanning the Rosedale Valley Road, provides a north-south connection from the north side of Bloor Street East to the intersection of Glen Road and Dale Avenue. Study area includes pedestrian tunnel.
Over a Century of History
For over 130 years, Glen Road has had a bridge over Rosedale Valley, connecting the community of Rosedale to the city. This study respects the importance of this historic connection and will give appropriate consideration to the cultural heritage value of the bridge structure. The bridge is listed on the City’s inventory of heritage bridges and is part of the South Rosedale Heritage Conservation District.
Transportation Services is working closely with Heritage Toronto to ensure the future of the bridge honours its history, and that heritage elements are preserved where possible.
As part of this MCEA study, a cultural heritage evaluation report (CHER) will be undertaken, including a CHER recommendation and a heritage impact assessment, as required.
FACT: In 1992 a by-law was enacted to formally change the name of the Glen Road Footbridge to the Morley Callaghan Footbridge.
For this study, we use "Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge" for sake of local recognition.
The Future of the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge
As noted, the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge is a heritage structure extending from Bloor Street East in the south to Glen Road in the north, passing over the Rosedale Valley Road. The bridge is identified as needing major improvements.
Previous bridge rehabilitation was completed in 2001. Emergency repairs on the structure were completed in early 2015, with ongoing annual inspections to ensure the safety of the bridge.
The completion of the repairs in 2015 has extended the time-frame to undertake this MCEA study, which will determine the future of the bridge.
Alternative solutions for the bridge will be developed and evaluated.
This study is being carried out as an MCEA Study (Schedule C). The MCEA process includes identifying the problem or opportunity to be addressed, developing and evaluating a reasonable range of alternatives to identify a preferred solution and design, and providing opportunities for public input.
The City aims to present a recommended solution (e.g., rehabilitate or replace the existing bridge) in September for public feedback. Further public consultation on alternative design options will be carried out in the months to follow.
The City is working closely with local Councillors, residents' associations, and other stakeholders to ensure community needs are met throughout this project.
It is anticipated that the MCEA study will be completed in Spring 2017.
There is currently no schedule for implementation. The City must first complete this EA study, receive endorsement from City Council, secure funding, and complete detailed design.
The pedestrian bridge structure is the focus of the study. During consultation on the alternative solutions for the bridge the project scope was refined to include the pedestrian tunnel connection under Bloor Street East.