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Cherry St. bridge down for repairs
By ROB GRANATSTEIN, CITY HALL BUREAU
The Cherry St. bridge connecting Lake Shore Blvd. E. to the portlands will be shut for four months because it is unsafe.
"We have a bridge that needs structural repair," said John Bryson, the city's manager of structures and expressways.
"Some of the structural components have corroded and have breaks. It makes it dicey to travel on."
Fixing the lift bridge wasn't on the agenda for this year, Bryson said, but a firm hired by the city found it needs immediate repairs.
The bridge, which is operated by the Toronto Port Authority, won't close until Sept. 5 or 6, but the city is trying to get immediate restrictions on it to keep heavy trucks away.
When in good repair, the bridge can handle about 50 tonnes -- it's now down to holding nine tonnes.
Bryson said it will cost about $700,000 to fix the half-century-old structure. It will reopen in January.
This is another hit for The Docks. The Cherry St. bridge is the most direct access to both the entertainment complex and Cherry beach.
"It's a bit of a hassle," said Docks general manager Tony Grossi, whose bar lost its liquor licence briefly this summer. He said signs will direct patrons to the 1.5-km detour to the complex.
Not sure which bridge they are referring; the big one over the shipping channel or the one over the Keating Channel.