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VIDEO: Lake Shore Blvd. bridge demolition time-lapse

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Lake Shore Blvd. westbound bridge demolition from Spacing Magazine on Vimeo.

As part of the City’s plan to upgrade its aging infrastructure (with some funds from the federal government’s stimulus package) a handful of bridges around Toronto are being repaired or rebuilt. Since the spring, the multiple bridges near the intersection of Lake Shore Blvd. and Jameson Ave. that cross over the Gardiner Expressway, very close to where I live, have been in a constant state of destruction.

Back in May, I watched for two days from the balcony of my apartment as half of the Jameson Ave. bridge was torn down and carted away. In early August, I teamed up with Sam Javanrouh, photoblogger extraordinaire and Spacing contributor, to document the dismantling of the bridge that contains the westbound lanes of Lake Shore Blvd.

The time-lapse video starts late in the evening of Thursday, August 5th and ends just after sundown on Sunday, August 8th. There are some gaps of time in the video due to the inaction of the construction site or when I had to bring the camera inside as a rain storm passed over.

If you want to view it larger check out Sam’s upload on Vimeo. Sam and I also worked with Alf Holden of the Toronto Star on his article about the Jameson and Lake Shore bridges.



  1. fantastic! they look like little toys. Well, well done.

  2. Excellent choice on the lens settings.  Mesmerizing.