PICKERING, ONT.—The Pickering Pedestrian Bridge, which runs over Highway 401 in Pickering, Ont., is now the official record holder for longest enclosed pedestrian bridge in the world.
Metrolinx recently announced it had received official confirmation from Guinness World Records.
Located about 45 minutes east of Toronto in Durham Region, the bridge was completed in September 2018 after a decade of planning, design and construction. The 250-metre-long bridge spans 14 lanes of Highway 401, six live rail tracks and a two-lane municipal roadway. It connects the Pickering GO Station on the south side to Durham region’s largest shopping mall, local college and regional bus service on the north side.
The bridge’s architecture is highlighted at night with close to 300 LED lights, giving its organic shape a soft glow in rotating shades of lilac, purple, blue and teal, indicates the official posting on the Guinness website.
The bridge has previously been recognized with awards including the City of Pickering’s 2019 Urban Design Award and, following a worldwide competition, also received the 2019 Engineering News Record Global Best Projects Award in the tunnel/bridge category.