September 5, 2012

Rise Up: Cobourg’s New Footbridge Is In Place

With the new overhead walkway work moving along so quickly in Cobourg, it’s no surprise that the footbridge structure has already been lifted into place, high above the tracks.

In the late evening, on August 16th, anyone near to Cobourg station would have awed by the view of a huge crane lifting the walkway’s structural steel frame into place. It’s certainly not something you see every day!

This is the next step in the process of building the new overhead footbridge around the station. Now that most of the steel frame is in place, the interior and exterior work (things like the electrical work, plumbing pipe installation, climate control system, and eventually, the final finishings) can begin.

It takes a lot of time to make sure everything is installed properly, including the two elevators, one located on each side of the footbridge for full accessibility.

This is the third overhead walkway “hoisting” at a VIA Rail station in the past year. Both Belleville and Oshawa stations have also been treated to a similar fully accessible structure, with Belleville boasting a brand new station too.

“The new footbridges are, simply put, a much safer way to cross the tracks,” explains Serge Lavigne, Project Manager, Infrastructure, Capital Programs, “not to mention the fact that they are fully accessible and therefore an easier and safer way for people with reduced mobility to cross to the island platform as well. And the new heated island platform means no more dealing with snow removal trucks!”, which means fewer maintenance costs in winter.

Cobourg’s new structure is expected to be completed this year.

To see Cobourg’s new walkway build in images, please visit our media gallery here.

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