Bridges to Villiers Island

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Seven new bridges to Villiers Island will replace the bascule lift bridge that crossed the Keating Channel at Cherry Street, when 88 acres of Toronto's Portlands are carved out for the Villiers Island development.[1][2][3][4]

The first bridge, a rail bridge intended to carry a streetcar or light rail line, was installed west of Cherry Street's current alignment, in the fall of 2020.[2][3][4]

A second bridge, intended to cross the new southern branch of the Don River, at Commissioner Street, in September 2021.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jack Landau (2021-09-13). "Toronto is getting a new Don River valley and the project scale is astounding". Blog TO. Archived from the original on 2021-09-13. Retrieved 2021-09-13. "David Kusturin, Chief Project Officer at Waterfront Toronto, tells blogTO that the arrival of the bridges represented a shift in the public perception of the project, saying, 'people really began to see and understand that this is going to be a completely different place when we're all finished.'" 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Steve McKinley (2020-10-24). "Here comes the bridge: A sneak peek at Toronto's new Cherry St. bridge — set to make the trip from Nova Scotia". The Peterborough Examiner (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia). "Cherry Street North is the baby of the family. Of the four bridges — two at Cherry Street North, one each at Cherry Street South and Commissioners Street — that will connect the yet-to-be constructed Villiers Island to mainland Toronto, it weighs in at a paltry 375 tonnes over its 57-metre length." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Roger Taylor (2020-10-01). "Cherubini fills $100m bridge contract for Toronto Port Lands redevelopment". Journal Pioneer. "The three new outflows required the creation of multiple new bridge crossings. More traffic will be brought to the Toronto Port Lands area as it grows into a planned destination attraction." 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ian Harvey (2020-09-25). "Big steel bridges now floating towards Toronto's waterfront". Daily Commercial News. "The bridges are the first of up to seven eventually planned for the east Toronto waterfront area around Cherry Street where the Don River mouth diversion is well underway and moving towards the final phases of the $1.25 billion Port Lands Flood Protection Project."