Fort York Pedestrian & Cycle Bridge
DTAH is part of the winning design team for the new Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge, responsible for urban design, landscape and architectural aspects of the design. The team is led by Dufferin Construction Company and also includes Pedelta Canada Inc for bridge design (prime designer), Mulvey & Banani for lighting and Golder Associates for geotechnical and environment. Pedelta has designed and implemented over 1500 bridges around the world, including many projects like this that utilize innovative structural approaches and materials.
Inspired by the meandering alignment of the original Garrison Creek, the crossing will create a new multi-use trail connection between Wellington Street in the north and Fort York’s Garrison Common in the south, and will include two landmark arch bridges over the existing railway lines. The design includes lookout areas with seating at both north and south landings, with a south access ramp and stair providing two ways for users to connect between the bridge and Garrison Common.
A unique arch design is proposed: a stainless steel inclined network arch with a distinctive diagonal hanger pattern that will provide a modern, understated and elegant aesthetic. Upon completion, these will be the first bridges in North America that use duplex stainless steel on the entire structure. The overall design palette also includes traditional durable materials with natural finishes such as weathering steel, wood and stone to help ground the new crossing in its railway and heritage context.