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The Humber Bay Arch Bridge (also known as the Humber River Arch Bridge, the Humber River Pedestrian Bridge, or the Gateway Bridge) is a pedestrian and bicycle double Compression arch suspended-deck bridge south of Lake Shore Boulevard West in Torontomarker, Canada. Completed in the mid-1990s, the bridge is in length, with a clear span of over the mouth of the Humber River to protect the environmental integrity of the waterway.


Humber Bay Arch Bridge as seen from the bike trail that runs underneath the bridge
The Humber as it exits into Lake Ontario
The bridge is constructed of two diameter high-strength steel pipes, bent into twin arches that rise above grade, and suspend the deck by way of 44 stainless-steel hangars, each in diameter. The foundation consists of concrete-filled caissons which go down below grade to the bedrock.

Designed in 1994 by Montgomery and Sisam Architects of Toronto and Delcan Corporation (bridge engineers), it was constructed by Sonterland Construction, and is the recipient of numerous local architectural, design and engineering awards.The bridge connects the former municipalities of "Old Toronto"marker and Etobicokemarker (both now part of the amalgamated City of Toronto) along an ancient aboriginal trading route along the shore of Lake Ontariomarker, and thus features design elements and decorations such as carved turtles and canoes that evoke this native heritage.

The bridge forms an important pedestrian and recreational link, and carries the Waterfront Trail, a multi-use pathway that will eventually parallel the entire north shore of Lake Ontario. The Toronto section is known as the Martin Goodman Trail, and is one of the most popular pedestrian and cycling routes in the city.

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The original bridge built on this site fell in 1978. This design is based on the original.


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