Queen St. will be closed to vehicles between Yonge and Bay Sts. until Monday morning as construction workers make room for a new pedestrian bridge connecting the Toronto Eaton Centre to the Hudson’s Bay Company building.
The 40-year-old structure links the north-facing Eaton Centre to the south-facing Hudson’s Bay building over Queen St. W.
The process to remove the bridge began at 11 p.m. on Friday and is expected to last until 5 a.m. on Monday, according to a news release by the city.
The new pedestrian bridge, designed by British architectural firm WilkinsonEyre, is expected to be put in place by this fall.
“Beyond the simple utility of construction of a bridge across Queen Street, this pedestrian bridge will serve as a unique architectural icon and impressive space in its own right,” said Wayne Barwise, spokesperson for Cadillac Fairview (CF) Toronto Eaton Centre in a news release last month.
“CF Toronto Eaton Centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and with approximately two million people using the bridge annually, it was time to enhance both its aesthetics and functionality for our shoppers and the public by creating a sculptural urban feature, as well as a unique identifier for the city.”
According to the city, James St. will also be closed until the end of August as the new bridge will be assembled adjacent to the shopping centre on James St. and then put into place once complete.
Eastbound traffic on Queen St. will be diverting at Bay St., while westbound traffic will be diverting at Yonge St. during the removal process.
“Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, however there will be periodic stoppages during crane hoisting work,” the city said in a news release.