The closure times are as follows:
• Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 3 to Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To accommodate traffic in the area, the southbound lane on the bridge will re-open outside of the times listed above. Northbound traffic will remain closed.
As originally constructed the bridge supported two lanes of traffic in each direction, and had a 1.8 metres (5.9 ft) sidewalk on the west side. In 1995 several changes were made to provide “enhanced safety for cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.” As built the entire deck of the bridge, including the sidewalk, was a steel mesh. In 1995 vehicle traffic was restricted to one lane in each direction to make room for a 2 metres (6.6 ft) sidewalk on the east side of the bridge, and the expansion of the sidewalk on the west side to 3.6 metres (12 ft) so it could accommodate bicycles as well as pedestrians. The sidewalks were faced with a non-slip plastic fibreglass surface.
In 2006 an inspection showed that the bridge required $2 million in repairs to corrosion damage.The repairs were completed in April 2007. Key bearings in the bridge broke in 2010, it took time for replacement bearings to be found. The bridge wasn’t restored to working order until June 27, 2011.
The city’s long term plans are to “renaturalize” the mouth of the Don River. Under this plan the Keating Channel will be retained, due to its historic value, but a new more natural appearing channel would be constructed south of the Keating Channel.
Don Roadway and Villiers Street are alternative routes for vehicular traffic in this area. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists at all times. -CINEWS