Just over one month ago, we were on the scene to cover the installation of a new PATH pedestrian bridge linking the Air Canada Centre to Menkes' Sun Life Financial Tower and Harbour Plaza Residences, currently under construction in Toronto's quickly growing Southcore district. This past weekend another bridge was installed, this time to connect the Menkes site with Oxford Properties' RBC Waterpark Place III, a newly-completed office building located to the south across Harbour Street.

RBC WaterPark Place III, Oxford Properties, Sun Life Harbour Plaza, MenkesNew bridge connecting Menkes' Sun Life/Harbour Plaza development with Oxford's WPPIII, image by Zeiss

With the Oxford development essentially complete and the Menkes project still in its early construction stages, the first question on many people's minds right now is "can the PATH link open before the Menkes project is completed?". The answer to this question is yes; temporary walls for the PATH are being installed through the still-under construction Menkes development to protect pedestrians as construction proceeds around them.

RBC WaterPark Place III, Oxford Properties, Sun Life Harbour Plaza, MenkesBridge linking the completed WPPIII with the under-construction Sun Life/Harbour Plaza development, image by Zeiss

Metal studding for the temporary walls through the Menkes project can be seen in the image below. The PATH bridge to the Air Canada Centre—over Lake Shore Boulevard but under the Gardiner Expressway—is visible on the right. This southward extension of the PATH system is expected to open in early October.

RBC WaterPark Place III, Oxford Properties, Sun Life Harbour Plaza, MenkesNorth bridge over Lake Shore Blvd and temporary enclosure on 2nd floor of the Menkes project, image by scamander24

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