Prince Edward Viaduct, Toronto, Canada | STR9® RGB & PDB-INF-6000
The city has to be beautiful. Every building and every piece of landscaping should add to the city, like this one.
— Dereck Revington
The Prince Edward Viaduct, also known as the Bloor Viaduct is the longest bridge in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, connecting Bloor Street with Danforth Avenue over Don Valley. It was built in 1918, and it contributed to more rapid development in the eastern part of the city. The suicide prevention construction called “Luminous Veil” was installed in 2003 and it consists of over 9,000 steel rods, that are now illuminated by 600 STR9® RGB fixtures. To ensure a problem-free operation, INFINITY® technology with the all new PDB-INF-6000 was the right choice, given the 494 meter length of the bridge.
The unique feature of the Prince Edward Viaduct is that the lights will be on 24 hours a day, 360 days a year and they will change colors and effects depending on the wind speed, direction as well as season. This makes PEV the only bridge of its kind in the world.
The Lights on the bridge were officially turned on at the celebratory event on the fourth of July and you can find more details about it in a separate article in the News & Events section.
In addition to the local new outlets, LD+A, the magazine of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America also published a comprehensive article about the project in its March 2016 issue called “A Sonata of Light“.