York St. median lane closes for two weeks

The planned York Street lane closing recently announced by Metrolinx will cause some brief disruption but will have long-term benefits, the transit coordination agency reports.

Union Station Rail Corridor December 2016 York Street Bridge Rehabilitation Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, is working to transform the way the region moves by building a seamless, convenient and integrated transit network across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Over the next ten years, Metrolinx is transforming the existing GO rail system to deliver a whole new rapid transit experience to your community.

THE LOCAL PROJECT

Four girders on the York Street bridge require repairs. In order to complete these repairs, on December 4th at 5:30 a.m.,the median lane in either direction on York Street will be closed between Bremner Boulevard and Station Street for approximately two weeks.

This work will be completed around the clock, so as to minimize the duration of the lane closures. Two full closures of the roadway (except to allow emergency vehicles to pass in one lane) under the York Street bridge are also required at the beginning and the end of the project, to set up and take down the construction site.

These closures will be completed overnight, to mitigate traffic impacts. The first of these two closures will be completed the night of Sunday, December 4th from 11:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. on Monday, December 5th. Pedestrian access under the bridge will be maintained at all times through the York east and west teamways connecting to Union Station.

The second closure will be completed approximately two weeks later; updates will be provided as work progresses.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

We recognize that this work can be disruptive to our neighbours and are doing our best to carry out this essential construction with the least disruption possible. Neighbours may notice increased volume of traffic on alternative routes into the downtown core.

We will do our best to schedule deliveries outside of peak hours. There may also be some noise associated with the work, including construction vehicles, moving of materials and equipment. If you have any questions, or would like to be included on future communications, please do not hesitate to contact me at 416-202-4736 or Loretta.Allen@Metrolinx.com.

—Loretta Allen

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