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A soon-to-be important new pedestrian link in Downtown Toronto took a big step forward over the long weekend, with the lifting into place of an elevated bridge to link the new GO Union Bus Terminal with Union Station via Scotiabank Arena. Under construction as part of the CIBC SQUARE office complex, the new bridge spans 39.5 metres over Bay Street, allowing pedestrians to easily transfer from Union Station's rail and subway stations to the new indoor bus terminal being constructed in the podium of the WilkinsonEyre-designed complex's south tower.

Installation of the new pedestrian link required a closure of Bay Street over the weekend, with all vehicle access aside from bus traffic restricted between Lake Shore Boulevard and Front Street from 12:01 AM on Saturday, August 31 to 5 AM Monday, September 2.

The bridge will be the location of a Metrolinx-sponsored component of CIBC SQUARE’s public art programme. The north wall, ceiling and lighting of the overpass are elements that are planned to be incorporated into an integrated artwork spanning the bridge, with wayfinding strategically placed and third-party advertising entirely absent so as not to interfere with the design. A request for qualifications (RFQ) issued by Metrolinx in 2017 drew in over 300 submissions from artists around the world for bridge art proposals. Hines, who are developing the project alongside Ivanhoé Cambridge, tell us that specifics about the bridge's art component will be revealed in the run up to the building's projected 2020 opening… so the image below gives no hint as to how the art will transform the bridge.

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