Downtown construction update to Sept. 15

Below are some updates regarding the construction projects taking place Downtown this summer.

Bloor Street Cycle Track

The City of Toronto will be installing cycle tracks (bike lanes) on Bloor Street, from Shaw Street to Avenue Road, a pilot project to enhance cycling infrastructure and safety for all road users. 

Work Hours:This work will take place 24 hours a day from Monday to Friday.  There is the possibility of weekend work.  As much as possible, noisy work will be limited to daytime hours.

Traffic Restrictions: Intermittent lane closures.  It is anticipated that this will be night work. 

Cycling:  For cyclists, an alternative route during the early part of construction would be Harbord Street. 

Work Details: To accommodate this new cycling infrastructure, a number of changes will be made to Bloor Street in this area including:

Bloor Street, from Shaw Street to Avenue Road, will be reduced to one lane in each direction, beginning Tuesday, August 2, weather permitting.

All on-street parking in this area will be removed for the first few days of construction, starting August 1 at 6 p.m.

New painted bike lanes, flexi-post and signs will be installed

Signs will be installed to note changes to parking by-laws and loading areas

www.toronto.ca/downtownconstructionprojects

More information is available at  www.toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes
Follow us on Twitter @TO_Cycling.

Gerrard St East and West Watermain Replacement & Road reconstruction Update

Update on construction activities to be carried out in August at Gerrard Street East and Jarvis Street. 

AUGUST 5th-8th

(7:00PM ON AUGUST 5th UNTIL AUGUST 8th at 7:00 A.M.)
Work will include reconstructing the south half of the intersection at Gerrard Street and Jarvis Street. 

Working Hours:

Friday August 5 – 7:00 P.M to 5:00 A.M (Road Excavation)

Saturday August 6 – 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M (Concrete Road Base Construction)

Sunday August 7 – No Work

Monday August 8 – 3:00 A.M. to 7:00 A.M (Base Asphalt Paving)

Traffic Management:
The work requires a north / south closure of Jarvis Street between Gerrard and Dundas with local access only.

Traffic going southbound from Carlton Street along Jarvis Street will be required to turn left or right on Gerrard Street due to the intersection work. 

AUGUST 12 -15
( 7:00 PM ON AUGUST 12
th UNTIL AUGUST 15th at 7:00 A.M.)

The work includes reconstructing the north half of the intersection at Gerrard Street and Jarvis Street including utility cut restoration on Jarvis Street just north of the intersection.

Working Hours:

Friday August 12 – 7:00 P.M to 5:00 A.M (Road Excavation)

Saturday August 13 – 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M (Concrete Road Base Construction)

Sunday August 14 – No Work

Monday August 15 – 3:00 A.M. to 7:00 A.M (Base Asphalt Paving)

Traffic Management:

The work requires a north / south closure of Jarvis Street between Gerrard and Dundas with local access only.

Traffic going southbound from Carlton Street along Jarvis Street will be required to turn left or right on Gerrard Street due to the intersection work.

 Cyclist Information: 

Due to the nature of the work on Gerrard Street, there is not enough road width to complete construction and maintain cycling lanes in the work zones. Cyclists are encouraged to share the lane through the phased, construction work zones. Alternatively, Cyclists may choose to adjust their routes, so that they travel on Wellesley Street instead.

Richmond St  Watermain & Road Reconstruction

This update provides information on Phase 2 construction activities to be carried out on Richmond Street
starting on Monday, August 8
th as outlined in the table.

 

Construction Dates

Work Taking Place

August 8 to 13:

Sidewalk replacement

Work in the north curb lanes

York Street and Bay Street
Yonge Street and Victoria Street

August 15 to 20:
Sidewalk replacement

Work in the south curb lanes

York Street and Bay Street

Yonge Street and Victoria Street

August 15 to 26:

Install new streetcar track

Work in centre lanes

Yonge Street and Bay Street

August 22 to 27:

Sidewalk replacement

Work in north curb lane

Victoria Street and Church Street

August 22 to September 2:

Install new streetcar track

Work in centre lanes

York Street and Bay Street
Yonge Street and Victoria Street

August 29 to September 2:

Sidewalk replacement

South curb lane

Yonge and Bay Street sidewalk

August 29 to September 2:

Sidewalk replacement

North curb lane

Victoria Street and Church

September 5 to 18:

Install new streetcar track

Work in centre lanes

Victoria Street and Church Street

Map of work area at www.toronto.ca/downtownconstructionprojects

Work Hours: There are periods of 24 hour activity on this project. 

The first few days are the most disruptive and involve breaking and removing concrete within the streetcar track areas.
The breaking will end by 11 p.m. each night.

The TTC track reconstruction portion of work will involve some late evening and overnight work.  The overnight rail work by
TTC may consist of moving rail into position, rail installation and rail welding / grinding.  After-hours work by TTC is required
to support the daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible. There will be some loud noise with trucks
backing up and sound associated with moving rail into place. There will be some overnight installation for the watermain work.

Once TTC track work is complete work will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

TTC Service: The five Downtown Express Bus routes that operate westbound on Richmond Street will be diverted to operate on Queen Street instead of Richmond Street during this construction project. For TTC route information visit www.ttc.ca

Downtown/Mt Pleasant Express

Downtown/Avenue Road Express

Downtown/Beach Express

Downtown/Don Valley Express

145 Downtown/Humber Bay Express

Richmond Street is essential to TTC’s streetcar track network and is used as a diversionary route when service adjustments are required.

Shuter St Watermain Replacement &  Road Resurfacing

The City of Toronto is replacing the 140 year-old watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services on Shuter Street from Yonge Street to Sherbourne Street. Phase 1 construction will start on Monday August 8th
Phase 1: Yonge Street to Victoria Street  August 8-12th

 Excavate a section of Yonge Street on the northbound lane at Yonge Street intersection to connect the new watermain to the existing water main connection.

• Excavate the road and dig a trench to access and install the new watermain

• Replace any City-owned water service pipes that do not meet City standards from the watermain to the private property line.

Traffic Management: Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents.

Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets.

Day 1 August 8th –  Victoria Street to Yonge Street

WESTBOUND ONLY – Traffic to be maintained ONE-WAY, travelling WESTBOUND to Yonge St.

NORTHBOUND ONLY – Traffic exiting the CF Toronto Eaton Centre directed by Paid Duty Officer

NO VEHICLE OR BICYCLE ACCESS TO YONGE ST.

NO VEHICILE TURN movements at Yonge Street, straight access into CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

Phase 1: Victoria Street to Yonge Street August 9th – 12th

WESTBOUND ONLY – Traffic to be maintained ONE-WAY, travelling WESTBOUND to Yonge St.

SOUTHBOUND ONLY – Traffic exiting the CF Toronto Eaton Centre directed by Paid Duty Officer.

NO VEHICLE OR BICYCLE ACCESS TO YONGE ST.

NO VEHICILE TURN movements at Yonge Street, straight access into CF Toronto Eaton Centre. 

Cyclists: If travelling on Shuter Street, please share the traffic lane in the active work zones.

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