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CONSTRUCTION

The Waterfront is one of the fastest-growing areas in the City of Toronto, and with that, there will be regular construction through the neighbourhood. The Waterfront BIA has worked to aggregate current and upcoming construction notices from various sources, including The City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto, and Toronto Hydro.

As a representative of the business community through the area, the Waterfront BIA seeks to advocate to ensure that these projects are completed quickly and on time, and with a limited impact on people’s enjoyment of the waterfront.

Queens Quay West Optimizations – Waterfront Toronto

What: Three projects along Queens Quay West 

  • Intersection Optimization: improvements to more clearly delineate areas for cyclists and pedestrians at Queens Quay West at Bay St and Queens Quay West at Lower Simcoe St.
  • Planting Pilot: Vegetation to be planted around TTC Streetcar platforms to create a buffer zone between streetcar right-of-way and pedestrian traffic between Lower Simcoe St and York Street.
  • Sidewalk Maintenance (Granite Pavers): Geotechnical investigations to resolve paver settlement along the north side of public promenade between York St. and Lower Simcoe S-.

Duration: March 2022 to June 2022
Agency: Waterfront Toronto
Impacts: construction fencing around work areas, moderate noise, bike lane detours.

Lake Shore Blvd NPS 20 Replacement Project – Enbridge

What: Replacing the NPS 20 high-pressure vital gas main along Lake Shore Blvd.

Locations: Components 3 and 4: Lake Shore Blvd from Spadina Ave to Cherry St, and parliament Street.

Duration: Components 3 and 4: May 2022 until approximately June 2023

Agency: Enbridge Gas

Impacts: Temporary lane closures, horizontal drilling under streetcar tracks to prevent transit closures.

Note from the constructor: Lane closures are tentatively scheduled to happen periodically from May 9, 2022 until November 2022, on Lake Shore Boulevard West, in both directions, from Spadina Avenue to Yonge Street.

Additional closures on Lake Shore Boulevard East, from east of Yonge Street to Cherry Street, are also expected and will be announced at a later date. The construction for this portion of the project is scheduled to begin in mid-June 2022 at the earliest.

York Street Park (Love Park) – Waterfront Toronto

What: Park Construction
Location
: The foot of York Street between Queens Quay W and Harbour St.
Duration: Summer 2021 to 2022 (anticipated)
Agency: Waterfront Toronto, Parks Forestry and Recreation
Impacts: Perimeter fencing, tree protection zone, equipment/trailer set up on-site, limited sidewalk access, flagmen to direct pedestrian traffic.
WBIA Notes: The Waterfront BIA is working with Waterfront Toronto, BSAM Canada and STEPS Public Art to install decorative construction hoarding on the south side of the site, facing Queens Quay W.

Lower Jarvis Watermain and Sanitary Sewer Replacement

What: Sanitary Sewer Replacement
Location
: Lower Jarvis Street from Queens Quay E to the Esplanade.
Duration: May 3, 2021, to February 1, 2022 (anticipated)
Agency: City of Toronto
Impacts: Road and Sidewalk Access Restrictions (see below), 

  • Lower Jarvis – southbound only;
  • Lake Shore Blvd E. – one lane open in each direction;
  • Gardiner Expressway, Lower Jarvis northbound off-ramp closed;
  • Occasional weekend closure Lower Jarvis and Lake Shore Blvd. E;

Gardiner on/off ramps removal at Logan, Lake Shore Boulevard Between Cherry Street and Carlaw Ave closed on weekends.

What:

  • Removing the Logan Ramps at the east end of the Gardiner Expressway
  • Widening and lengthening the Lake Shore Bridge over the Don River
  • Rebuilding the roadway between Don Roadway and Carlaw Avenue, including new
    bike and pedestrian facilities and greenspace

Location: East end of the Gardiner expressway between Cherry St. and Carlaw Ave., Lake Shore Blvd. to Commissioners (approximate)
Duration: Late Aug 2021 to 2024 (approximate
Agency: Waterfront Toronto, City of Toronto
Impacts: 

  • Road Closures: Lake Shore Blvd East from Cherry St. to Carlaw Ave., as well as the Don Roadway to be closed on weekends from September-October 2021 (see notice for details).
  • Noise, dust, and vibration levels between 7 am and 11 pm.

Project Website

Site Investigations Along Waterfront Harbour West Tunnel of the Don River and Central Waterfront Wet Weather Flow System

What: Investigative borehole drilling at multiple sites across the waterfront
Locations:

  • Inukshuk Park, south of Martin Goodman Trail
  • Coronation Park – Dog off-leash Area
  • Music Garden Park at Dan Leckie Way
  • Bathurst St & Queens Quay West Green P Parking Lot
  • Music Garden Park at Lower Spadina
  • Lower Spadina Ave at Queens Quay West (new)
  • Lower Simcoe & Queens Quay West –  Parking Spot, north side
  • Yonge Street and Queues Quay West – South Side Median
  • Sugar Beach –  Queens Quay W and Jarvis Street Slip Promenade
  • Lower Don Trail at Don Valley Parkway
  • Keating Railyard (Don Roadway and Lake Shore Blvd. E)
  • Yong St at Queens Quay – South West of intersection, at the median.
  • Lower Jarvis at Queens Quay – North East Corner of intersection.
  • Lower Sherbourne at Queens Quay – North East Corner of Intersection

Duration: Late June 2021 to Winter 2023 (anticipated)
Agency: City of Toronto
Impacts: Drilling and dust, construction hoarding during the monitoring period

Public Realm Construction around the Waterfront Innovation Center at East Bayfront: Dockside Drive and Queens Quay East.

What: replacing the existing sidewalk, installation of trees, bike rings, lighting and planters.

Location: Dockside Drive, Queens Quay East and surrounding area.
Duration: Aug 2021 to January 2022 (approximate)
Agency: Waterfront Toronto, Menkes Developments
Impacts: Reduced pedestrian access on the north side of Dockside Drive, interim sidewalk access along the south side of Queens Quay East.

East Bayfront In-Water Pipes

What: installing pipes along the dockwall at East Bayfront 
Location: Waters Edge Promenade from Dockside Drive to 15 Merchants Wharf
Duration: July 2021 to July 2022 (approximate)
Agency: Waterfront Toronto,
Impacts: Construction Fencing, Tree Protection Zones, Moderate Noise

Notes from the constructor: (see notice #4) On Saturday, December 18, 2021, our contractor, Clearway, plans to continue drilling and excavation work for rock sockets pending appropriate weather conditions. Once complete, the rock sockets will help to support the in-water pipe on the waterside of the Water’s Edge Promenade. As per the City of Toronto’s bylaw, construction work on Saturday will take place between the hours of 9am-5pm on the waterside of the Water’s Edge Promenade and vessels will be present on the water. Drilling work for the rock sockets began on Monday, October 18 and is expected to be complete on January 17, 2022 with work occurring between 7am – 7pm Monday to Friday.

TTC Survey Work: Utility and Geotechnical Investigations on Bay St Between Front St and Lake Shore Blvd

What: Utility Survey and borehole drilling
Location: Bay St. from Lake Shore Blvd. to Front St.
Duration: August 2021 to September 2021
Agency: TTC
Impacts: Temporary Lane Closures, Borehole Drilling, Vibration and Noise.

Note: The Waterfront BIA is not the constructor of any of these projects and aggregates this information as a courtesy to its members. As such, the information may be incomplete or out of date. Please reach out to the contact noted in the linked construction notices if you have any questions or concerns regarding this work, and review the below-linked websites for further information on these and other construction projects through the area. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with Oliver Hierlihy, Director, Operations: oliver@waterfrontbia.com

  • Waterfront Toronto (under “public notices”) LINK
  • City of Toronto – Construction Notices -Spadina Fort York: LINK
  • City of Toronto – Infrastructure & Construction Projects List: LINK
  • City of Toronto: New Parks & Facilities: LINK
  • City of Toronto: TOinview Project Map: LINK
  • Waterfront Toronto: Port Lands TO Documents: LINK
  • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Construction Notices: LINK