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City on hook for repairs to subway bridge

The city expects to spend $618,000 to fix damage that shut down the Yonge subway line just over a year ago.

The city expects to spend $618,000 to fix damage that shut down the Yonge subway line just over a year ago.

But it’s unclear whether the city will be compensated for the construction mishap on the Jackes Avenue bridge over the subway that led to a six-hour shutdown between Bloor and Eglinton stations on Nov. 18, 2009.

A contractor working for Enbridge Gas Distribution accidentally cut through the bridge deck, revealing the subway tracks below.

Temporary supports were installed after the incident, and the city has now awarded a contract for the permanent repair, which includes replacing the damaged portion and repaving.

“The way it is right now is the city will pay for the work up-front,” said Mike Laidlaw, acting manager of structures and expressways in the transportation division.

“Once the work is done and the costs are finalized, we would discuss with the other parties about any sort of cost-sharing.”

Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of council’s public works and infrastructure committee, said taxpayers shouldn’t be left on the hook.

“If it’s their (Enbridge’s) fault, they should pay for it,” Minnan-Wong said. “We feel really strongly that we’re going to recover the costs of the repairs.”

The TTC is not involved, said spokesperson Brad Ross.

“It’s a city of Toronto issue,” Ross said. “It’s their bridge, it’s their roadway.”

 
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