TORONTO- The Dufferin Bridge is being torn down as the city works to replace the aging structure.
City staff and outside engineers had called for the bridge’s urgent replacement going back to 2004, according to documents obtained by Global News through access-to-information legislation.
Pedestrians will lose access to the bridge on Friday, and it will remain closed until December 7. The city of Toronto has said in a statement that a temporary pedestrian bridge will be in place at that time.
RAW VIDEO: Dufferin bridge undergoing deconstruction
While construction is taking place on the bridge, the city is advising pedestrians to cross the railway tracks between Liberty Village and Exhibition Place via the GO Station tunnel at Atlantic Avenue.
Motorists can enter Exhibition Place from any of the entrances on Lake Shore Boulevard or from Strachan Avenue.
In the same statement, the city said two temporary bridges for vehicles will be installed and opened by February 2014.
Go Train service will also be affected as a result of this work.
Service is being suspended from Saturday morning through to Monday at 2 a.m.
GO Transit says it will be offering special train service on the Milton Line to help accommodate passengers.
More information is available at www.gotransit.com.