Pickering Pedestrian Bridge adds Guinness World Record to its accolades

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Published September 14, 2021 at 12:06 pm

The Pickering Pedestrian Bridge over Highway 401 was considered quite the engineering feat when it was completed three years ago.

Now it has been recognized by none other than the people at Guinness as the World’s Longest Enclosed Pedestrian Bridge.

The bridge, already an iconic feature for highway travellers in Durham Region, jumps over 14 lanes of highway traffic, two lanes of municipal roadway and another six rail tracks to connect the Pickering GO Station with Pickering Town Centre, the region’s largest mall.

The unique architecture of the bridge is highlighted at night with nearly 300 LED lights, giving its organic shape a soft glow in rotating shades of lilac, purple, blue and teal.

Metrolinx, who was responsible for building the oft-delayed $38 million structure, recently received official confirmation from Guinness World Records – the reference book published annually since 1955 to document world records by man as well as extremes of nature – that the bridge is now the official record holder.

The bridge has previously been acknowledged with the City of Pickering’s 2019 Urban Design Award, as well as a 2019 Engineering News Record Global Best Projects Award in the tunnel/bridge category.

And now it can raise a Guinness to impressive engineering and a place in the record books.

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