Sir Isaac Brock Bridge

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The Sir Isaac Brock Bridge

The Sir Isaac Brock Bridge is a steel Warren truss bridge in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It carries four lanes for motor vehicles with Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)'s streetcar tracks along Bathurst Street over the railway tracks south of Front Street.

The steel truss bridge was built in 1903 and used for a steam railway over the Humber River.[1] It was dis-assembled and re-located in 1916 to Bathurst Street and converted for road traffic.[1] In 1931, the bridge was moved and re-aligned (Bathurst Street was at an angle south of Front Street) to support streetcar service south of the railway tracks at that location. A new bridge south of the bridge was constructed to connect the south end of the bridge, connecting Bathurst to Fleet Street (now known as Lake Shore Boulevard).[1]

The Tywn River Drive Bridge, Queen Street Viaduct, and King Street Bridge are other examples of steel bridges in Toronto. Lawrence Avenue Bridge was a truss bridge that took traffic over Don River, but it was replaced by the current overpass over the Don River and Don Valley Parkway in the 1960s.

In 2007, the bridge was given the official name of the "Sir Isaac Brock Bridge" by the City of Toronto and East York Community Council.[2] This was done at the instigation of the "Friends of Fort York" organization.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Filey, Mike (1996). The TTC Story: The First Seventy-five Years. Toronto, Ontario: Dundurn Press. p. 39. 
  2. ^ "Naming of Bathurst Street Bridge as Sir Isaac Brock Bridge". City of Toronto. November 27, 2007. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 

Coordinates: 43°38′25″N 79°24′05″W / 43.640357°N 79.40127°W / 43.640357; -79.40127