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I decided to walk at least part of the way home from an evening meditation session at Broadview and Danforth, over the Prince Edward Viaduct at twilight. I love this bridge, with its majestic arcs over the Don Valley below, and its colour-shifting Luminous Veil.

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"Wallace Avenue Footbridge" seems to be the most common name on the Internet for the large steel truss bridge that stretches over the rail lines north of Bloor at Dundas West, connecting Dundas Street West on the west side of the rail line with Wallace Avenue and the Junction Triangle on the east side. The views offered from the platform are wonderful, unmatched in the city, whether looking south towards Bloor Street and the GO Station and the towers of Crossways, north towards the Junction, or west (or east) towards the streets below.

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My noontime post of Confederation Bridge assembly yard photos drew substantially from the western point of the complex, facing the Confederation Bridge. On the eastern and especially southern ends of Amherst Point there was more, with quite a lot of graffiti on the pillars in the southeastern corner of the area.

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Me by graffiti, assembly yard of the Confederation Bridge #me #selfie #graffiti  #pei #borden #confederation bridge


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On my 2014 trip I had photographed the assembly yard where the components of the Confederation Bridge had been assembly. Yesterday, I was happy to find that, contrary to suggestions made this winter, the assembly yard had not been torn down, and went with my parents to explore the vast complex.

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blogTO let me know that the proposal for a pedestrian bridge at Fort York cancelled by Rob Ford in 2011 is on again, courtesy CP24's Chris Fox.

The city has unveiled the design for two new pedestrian bridges that will traverse a pair of rail tracks in the west end, connecting Stanley Park with the Fort York historic grounds and the nearby waterfront.

The $19.7 million Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle bridge will actually consist of two separate stainless steel spans, one that will run above the Georgetown rail corridor near Strachan Avenue and another that will run above the Lakeshore rail corridor further south.

The project will also see the areas surrounding either bridge developed into parkland.

Construction will begin in the spring with a targeted completion date of spring 2017
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The Confederation Bridge was built locally, on Prince Edward Island. The intricate processes occurred at the Amherst Point assembly yard, built on a 165 acre farm bought from one John L. Read.

At its peak, the plant employed two thousand people. When I visited the site last month with my parents, nothing was left by empty fields filled with huge concrete constructions. It felt almost as if I was walking among the megaliths of the Old World. What will future generations of archeologists think of this site?

Confederation Bridge assembly yard at Amherst Point, Borden-Carleton (1)


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The Confederation Bridge connecting Prince Edward Island (at Borden-Carleton) to the mainland in New Brunswick (at Cape Jourimain) is an engineering marvel. It is vast: even large trucks are dwarfed by its concrete structure.

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I took quite a few photos today and saw quite a few things with my parents. These four photos are taken of the Confederation Bridge, the great fixed link between Prince Edward Island and the mainland. The first two were taken from the deserted assembly site, filled with megalithic constructions in concrete, while the second pair were taken from much closer up.

The Confederation Bridge as seen from the assembly site #princeedwardisland #pei #borden #bordencarleton #bridges #confederationbridge #fixedlink


The concrete megaliths of the Confederation Bridge assembly yard #princeedwardisland #pei #bordencarleton #borden #confederationbridge #bridges


The Confederation Bridge as seen from the Borden-Carleton assembly yard #princeedwardisland #pei #borden #bordencarleton #bridges #confederationbridge #fixedlink


The Confederation Bridge and a lighthouse,  seen from the old ferry dock #princeedwardisland #pei #bordencarleton #bridges #confederationbridge #fixedlink #ferries
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The majesty of the concrete arches of the O'Connor Drive bridge over Taylor Creek makes me appreciate Le Corbusier for the first time.

See the relevant Boldts page for another take.



This is the underside of the south of the bridge.



This is the underside of the north of the O'Connor bridge.



Here's a look at the south side of the bridge from the east, with Jerry on the path.

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