Port Lands Bridges Guardrails

Toronto, ON

One of the largest infrastructure projects in Toronto’s history is well underway in the Port Lands, where the project to naturalize the mouth of the Don River is moving millions of tons of earth around in the industrial neighbourhood. The project will greatly reduce the risk of flooding, while undoing a century of industrial harm, allowing the river to flow freely through a newly vegetated delta and away from its currently awkward concrete-framed ninety-degree turn into the lake. The massive undertaking will also unlock many acres of land for redevelopment, including a new street grid, streetcar network, parkland, and an island that will be home to thousands of new residents.

Our Role

Feature Walters completed the fabrication of stainless-steel guardrails for installation on the new Cherry North Bridge, part of the Port Land Project in Toronto.

The beautifully designed guardrails enhance the elegance of the bridge design, keeping an open forum and maintaining unobstructed river views.

Facts & Figures

  • 77 metric tons
  • 4 bridges
  • Over 5000 welded pickets
  • 185 Guardrail sections
  • 610 meters total length of guardrails

Overcoming Challenges

Feature Walters also worked with the design team and their workers on site to optimize the weld sizes and methods. Welding can be a tricky task, particularly with exposed finishes, as the type of metal, size of the weld, and finish profile can all have significant impacts on the final look, and if done incorrectly can cause discoloration and distortion of the metal. Features Walters conducted various mockups and tests to determine the best welds to deliver the best possible result on the guardrails.

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