A new bridge is coming to connect Front Street West and Portland Street to CityPlace. Called the Puente De Luz, which is Spanish for Bridge of Light, it will provide a pedestrian and bicycle connection through a part of town bisected by the rail corridor. Today's Photo Of The Day, by UrbanToronto Forum member drum118, shows the nearly completed span along with new traffic lights waiting to be turned on.
An interesting discussion in regards to the bridge's alignment has been burning up the Forum thread for the project. The controversy stems from the bridge's location quite a bit east of Portland Street instead of the original intention of providing a direct (and shorter) link between Portland Street and Dan Leckie Way south of the rail corridor. According to a UT Forum member in the know - a GO Train driver - it all has to do with running the trains below as safely and efficiently as possible. Moving the bridge even a little would negatively impact the sightlines to the signal lights below. That's the short answer: click here to read the long version. Fascinating stuff!
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