Sheppard Avenue Bridge

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Sheppard Avenue Bridge
Sheppard Avenue Bridge.jpg
Carries 4 lanes of Sheppard Avenue West
Crosses West Don River
Locale North York, Canada
Maintained by Toronto Transportation
Design Under deck truss bridge
Clearance below Don River Valley
Opened 1954 (br> 2007 (after repairs made due to watermain break)
Closed 2006
Toll No

Sheppard Avenue Bridge is an under deck Truss bridge that spans the Don River on Sheppard Avenue West, just east of Bathurst Street. Built in 1954, the bridge has a scenic view of the West Don River and Earl Bales Park. The current bridge replaced an old concrete bridge that was damaged during Hurricane Hazel and required cars to descend down the valley.[1]

The upper deck carries four lanes of traffic. There is a water main in the steel sub-structure.

In April 2006, a small section of the road collapsed due to a break in the 50-year-old water main carried below. The bridge was out of commission for three weeks.[2]

The bridge is the last major bridge to span the West Don River is diverted under most roads north of Sheppard with metal or concrete culverts. Several smaller concrete bridges traverse over the East Don River (with one larger bridge on Eglinton Avenue near the DVP) northwards towards city limits at Steeles Avenue.


Coordinates: 43°45′25″N 79°25′48″W / 43.757°N 79.430°W / 43.757; -79.430