billy bishop airport arup Everyone’s favourite Toronto airport (yea, not Pearson) is finally getting a pedestrian tunnel to improve accessibility.

Construction on the tunnel to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport began on March 9 and the completion date is set for April 2014. Ground was broken at a ceremony attended by Mayor Rob Ford, Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. With a guest list like that and a price tag of $82.5 million, you can tell this is kinda a big deal…

Arup, a highly-regarded engineering firm will be the lead engineering designer on the project. Arup is known for its work on projects like London’s Crossrail and New York City’s Second Avenue Subway.

The Toronto Airport pedestrian tunnel will be a challenge to build, but Arup are definitely up for it!

“It’s not easy to create a watertight tunnel 10 stories deep, under a lake, in challenging soil conditions, while also maintaining a high level of customer service at the airport,” said Arup Project Director, David Pratt in a press release.

“But we have the experience to make it happen, and we’re excited to be part of this high profile project that’s going to help make Toronto’s waterfront — and access to Billy Bishop City Airport — even better.”

Once complete, the tunnel will have the capacity to accommodate more than 1,000 passengers per hour.

This is definitely an exciting project and we just can’t wait to walk through that tunnel on our way to catch a Porter flight.

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