Friday, August 23 at 11 a.m.
World's first underwater pedestrian tunnel connecting airport to
TORONTO, Aug. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) is
inviting the media to a tunnel breakthrough photo opportunity on
Friday, August 23 to mark the latest milestone of the Billy BishopToronto City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel. When complete, the tunnel
spanning the Western Gap in Toronto Harbour will be the world's first
underwater pedestrian tunnel that connects to an island airport.
An excavator with a ramhoe attachment will break through the rock face
at the construction site on the island side at 10 a.m. after tunneling
over 600 feet below the Western Gap since the beginning of June 2013.
The pedestrian tunnel is expected to open in the second half of 2014 and
will feature a modern, mechanized underground walkway that will be
powered by 100 per cent green energy supplied by Bullfrog Power Inc. A
brand new pavilion will also be constructed on the mainland at the foot
of Eireann Quay while an atrium will be added to the island side
airport terminal building. In addition to facilitating pedestrian
movement to and from the airport, the tunnel will carry City of Toronto
water and sanitary mains.
|Pedestrian Tunnel Breakthrough Photo Opportunity|
||Friday, August 23, 2013|
||11 a.m. - MEDIA WILL HAVE A SHORT SAFETY BRIEFING PRIOR TO THE PHOTO-OP
Place: ||Billy BishopToronto City Airport (Island side) - FERRY ACCESS PROVIDED|
Volunteers will direct media to the site
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|Note to media: Safety boots required (hard hats will be provided).
For more information on the Pedestrian Tunnel project, visit www.torontoport.com or www.bbtcatunnelproject.ca
About the Toronto Port Authority (www.torontoport.com):
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) owns and operates Billy BishopToronto
City Airport, the Port of Toronto (Terminals 51 and 52), and Toronto's
Outer Harbour Marina. In addition to moving more than two million
passengers through the airport in 2012, the Port Authority provides
transportation, distribution, storage and container services to
businesses at the Port, and owns and operates Toronto's largest
freshwater marina. The Toronto Port Authority was incorporated on June
8, 1999 as a government business enterprise under the Canada Marine Act
as the successor to the Toronto Harbour Commissioners.
Media traveling as walk-on ferry passengers will be directed to the site
by volunteers. Media traveling by car will be directed to the
appropriate parking area.
SOURCE: Toronto Port Authority