New bridge over 401
The federal and provincial governments have committed $5 million each towards the construction of a fullyenclosed pedestrian bridge spanning Highway 401 in Pickering. The
bridge will connect the Pickering GO Station with a planned office tower on the north side of the highway.
The decade-old plans for the pedestrian connection were only made possible after an announcement in May that 20 Vic Management Inc. would be developing an office tower
across the highway from the transit hub.
The LEED-silver tower will include 122,000-sq.ft. of office space and 10,000-sq.ft. of retail and restaurant space, while at the same time reinforcing the city’s commitment to intensification. Downtown Pickering is identified as an urban growth centre in the provincial growth plan and Metrolinx has labelled the Pickering GO Station and surrounding downtown area an anchor mobility hub. (See NRU-GTA Edition, May 13.)
GO Transit has also announced that it will build a $20 million, 5-space parking structure at the base of the new office tower. GO will own and operate both the bridge and parking garage and will be responsible for the construction, maintenance and operating costs for both structures.
The office tower, parking garage and pedestrian bridge will be built concurrently, with an expected completion date in March 2011.