Dufferin Street Bridge over rail corridor to be closed

TORONTO, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Effective June 12, 2013 the City of Toronto will be closing the Dufferin Street Bridge to all vehicular traffic.  The bridge will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Dufferin Street Bridge is south of Springhurst Ave. and goes over the GO Transit/Metrolinx Rail Corridor.

The purpose of the closure is to ensure public safety. The bridge was scheduled for replacement in 2016, but as a result of recent inspections the City has made the decision to expedite the closure and replacement.

The reconstruction will include the installation of a temporary bridge in advance of the full reconstruction being completed.  The temporary bridge will be open to vehicular traffic.  More information on the opening of the temporary bridge will be available in late June.

Until the temporary bridge is completed, traffic management plans, including adjusted signal times, will be in place to help ease congestion.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SOURCE: City of Toronto

For further information:

Media contact: Ellen Leesti, Senior Communications Co-ordinator, Strategic Communications, 416-397-1403, eleesti@toronto.ca