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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.

Last Updated: May 21, 2024

TTC Overhead Upgrades and Track Renewal on Spadina Avenue

Constructor: Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

Project Name: TTC Overhead Upgrades and Track Renewal along Spadina Avenue

Location: Spadina Avenue, between Queens Quay West and Spadina Station, Toronto, ON

Construction Start Date: June 23, 2024

Construction End Date (anticipated): December 2024

Construction Impacts:

  • Overhead upgrades between King Street and Queens Quay, including Queens Quay/Spadina Loop.
  • Overhead upgrades from College Street to Spadina Station.
  • Track renewal work at Spadina Station and enabling works for future platform extension.

Service Changes: Starting June 23, 2024, 510/310 Spadina streetcar service will be replaced by buses between Spadina Station and Queens Quay/Union Station. Buses will operate in mixed traffic and serve curbside transit stops.

Additional Service Information: 509 Harbourfront streetcar service will be increased to provide frequent travel to and from Union Station.

More Information: visit TTC Spadina Avenue Projects

Rehabilitation of York Street On Ramp to Westbound F.G. Gardiner Expressway

Constructor: City of Toronto

Project Name: Rehabilitation of York Street On Ramp to Westbound F.G. Gardiner Expressway

Location: York Street On Ramp to Westbound F.G. Gardiner Expressway, Toronto, ON

Construction Start Date: June 2024

Construction End Date (anticipated): Early 2025

Construction Impacts:

  • Work crews will mark the locations of underground utilities such as gas, water, and cable to avoid interference.
  • Construction work will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, excluding holidays.
  • Some tasks will require overnight work, with timelines communicated in advance. Noise levels are expected to be similar to daytime activities.
  • Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets.
  • Localized road and sidewalk restrictions will be in place within the active construction work zone, but access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.
  • The ramp will remain open for the majority of the construction period, with both lanes open using narrowed lanes to accommodate traffic. However, one full weekend closure and several overnight closures will be required, with details provided in advance.

Will roads be closed: Yes, there will be one full weekend closure and several overnight closures of the York Street On Ramp to Westbound F.G. Gardiner Expressway. Specific dates and durations will be communicated in advance.

More Information: Contact Field Ambassador Hayley Kokkinakis at 647-264-7383 or hkokkinakis@dougdixonassociates.com. For urgent issues, call (416) 338-0889.

TTY Hearing Impaired Service: (416) 338-0889 (Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed holidays)

General Inquiries: 311

Project Information Link: More about the project

Construction Notice Link: View Notice

Watermain Replacement on Harbour Street – Pre-Construction Notice

Constructor: City of Toronto

Project Name: Watermain Replacement on Harbour Street between Bay Street and York Street

Location: Harbour Street from Bay Street to York Street, Toronto, ON

Construction Start Date: June 2024

Construction End Date (anticipated): July 2025

Construction Impacts:

  • Replacement of the watermain and the city-owned portion of substandard water services.
  • Important note on lead water services: Properties built before the mid-1950s may have lead water services. Property owners are advised to consult a licensed plumber to check for lead and consider replacement.
  • Marking of underground utilities such as gas, water, and cable to avoid interference during construction.
  • Construction work will include the removal and replacement of driveways, sidewalks, and boulevards as necessary.
  • The city will not be responsible for damage to privately owned items on city property.

Pre-Construction: Affected properties will receive a construction notice two weeks before work begins, detailing more about the work and how to prepare.

Accessibility Accommodation: Safe and accessible walkways and entryways will be maintained. Any temporary access disruptions will be communicated as soon as possible.

Access to Your Home: The city-hired contractor may need to access the interior and exterior of your home to complete a pre-construction condition survey. Participation is voluntary but recommended.

Need More Information? Contact Field Ambassador Shiva Dharry at 647-282-8601 or TorontoPM8@rvanderson.com. For urgent issues, call 416-594-2198.

General Inquiries: 311

TTY Hearing Impaired Service: 416-338-0889 (Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed holidays)

Project Information Link: More about water service replacement

Construction Notice Link: View Notice

Hydro Cable and Pole Installation Project

Constructor: Toronto Hydro

Project Name: Hydro Cable and Pole Installation at 215 Lake Shore Boulevard, Project Number C-230038-X10502-HS005

Location: Lower Sherbourne Street and Queens Quay East, Toronto, ON

Construction Start Date: April 2024

Construction End Date (anticipated): August 2024

Construction Impacts:

  • Installation of new hydro poles on city-owned property
  • Upgrading existing electrical cables to enhance service reliability

Will roads be closed: Not specified in the notice

Additional Information:

GO Expansion – Watermain Relocation Lower Sherbourne Street Road Closure Notice

Constructor: Metrolinx, Hydro One

Project Name: GO Expansion

Location: Lower Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON

Construction Start Date: September 27, 2023

Construction End Date (anticipated): March 2024 (timeline subject to change)

Construction Impacts:

  • Working hours from 7:00 am – 11:00 pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Road closures.
  • Road cuts and exposure of utilities.
  • Watermain decommissioned, relocated, recommissioned.
  • Install hydro utility duct bank alongside the new watermain.
  • Adjacent communities will experience increased noise, traffic, and dust during this period.

Will roads be closed: Yes, road closures along Lower Sherbourne are expected to take place as early as September 27th until March 2024.

Construction Notice Link: View Notice

Queens Quay East Lakefill – Construction Notice #3

Constructor: Waterfront Toronto and Eastern Construction

Project Name: Quayside Project – Queens Quay East Lakefill

Location: Area within and surrounding the Parliament Slip spanning from just east of Merchants’ Wharf to 333 Lake Shore Boulevard East and south to the waterfront.

Construction Start Date: January 2024

Construction End Date (anticipated): January 2025

Construction Impacts:

  • Construction on the new dockwall has been completed, and construction on the lakefill begins, including fish relocation by TRCA, dredging activity to remove sediment and contaminated debris, and placement of infill material.
  • Work hours between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., adhering to the City of Toronto noise bylaw hours.
  • Increased truck traffic with full-time flagmen positioned at the designated entry and exit gate to support pedestrian and cyclist safety.
  • Land side activity includes construction equipment operation, soil management, increased truck traffic, and measures for dust control and air quality management.
  • Water side activity includes barges and tugboats within the slip, fish removal, dredging, lakefilling, rockberm construction, and environmental protection measures.

Will roads be closed: No

More Information: Learn more about Quayside and the Waterfront East Light Rail Transit extension.

Questions: Please send your questions to info@waterfrontoronto.ca.

Construction Notice Link: View Notice

In-Water Pipes in East Bayfront – Construction Notice 8

Constructor: Waterfront Toronto

Project Name: In-Water Pipes in East Bayfront

Location: Water’s Edge Promenade, from Dockside Drive to 15 Merchants’ Wharf, Toronto, ON

Construction Start Date: July 4, 2023

Construction End Date (anticipated): Summer 2023

Construction Impacts:

  • Construction of in-water pipes along the section of the Water’s Edge Promenade.
  • Removal of construction fencing along 160 metres of the WEP to increase width for pedestrian and cyclist access.
  • Restoration of the WEP to its original condition, including weed removal and ensuring the stonework is in pre-construction condition.
  • Occasional construction work on Saturdays with hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Expect moderate vibrations, noise near the site, and vessels in the water.

Will roads be closed: No

Construction Notice Link: View Notice

Watermain and Sanitary Sewer Replacement on Yonge Street – Construction Notice

Constructor: City of Toronto

Project Name: Watermain and Sanitary Sewer Replacement on Yonge Street

Location: Yonge Street, from Queens Quay to Wellington Street, Toronto, ON

Construction Start Date: June 2023

Construction End Date (anticipated): May 2024

Construction Impacts:

  • Replacement of the watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services on Yonge Street.
  • Replacement of an existing sanitary sewer from Harbour Street to The Esplanade.
  • Construction activities include excavation, trenching, installation of new watermain, road and sidewalk reconstruction, and paving.
  • Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, with occasional work after hours and on weekends.
  • Residents may experience dust, noise, and other inconveniences during construction.
  • There will be road and sidewalk restrictions within the work zone, but access for emergency vehicles will be maintained.
  • On-street parking will be affected, and parking in the active work zone is not permitted.
  • Restoration of the construction work area will include sod, concrete, and/or asphalt as needed.

Will roads be closed: Not explicitly mentioned, but there will be road and sidewalk restrictions.

Construction Notice Link: View Notice

Port Lands Flood Protection and Lake Shore Boulevard East Projects: Construction Notices

Constructor: Waterfront Toronto

Project Name: Port Lands Flood Protection and Lake Shore Boulevard East Projects

Location: Port Lands, Toronto, ON

Construction End Date (anticipated): 2024

Construction Impacts:

  • Excavation near the west plug with a minor risk of an unplanned flood in the river valley. No risk to the public, but an evacuation alarm may be heard in the vicinity.
  • Lane restrictions and changes to the cycling detour route on Villiers Street due to infrastructure work by Enbridge Gas. Villiers Street is reduced to one lane with alternating traffic between Saulter Street and Munition Street. The westbound cycle lane on the north side of Villiers Street has been removed, and the eastbound lane on the south side is now bidirectional.
  • Construction on Lake Shore Boulevard East: Lane diversions between Cherry Street and Carlaw Avenue from February 28, 2022, to December 2024. Traffic is diverted to the south side of the road onto the new half of the Lake Shore Bridge over the Don River.
  • Full closure of Don Roadway south of Lake Shore Boulevard until 2024 for flood protection and road reconstruction.
  • Commissioners Street is closed between Cherry Street and Don Roadway until summer 2023.
  • Lower Don Trail south of Corktown Common is closed until 2025, with detour routes via Mill Street, Cherry Street, Villiers Street, Saulter Street, Commissioners Street, and Carlaw Avenue.
  • The intersection of Cherry Street and Lake Shore Boulevard is being reworked for cyclists.
  • Ramp closures from Lake Shore Boulevard East to Don Valley Parkway (DVP) will occur from May 10 at 10:30 p.m. to May 12 at 5:30 a.m. Detours are available via Queen Street and Eastern Avenue.
  • The intersection of Morse Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East will be closed from May 10 at 10:00 p.m. to May 12 at 11:00 p.m., with access only via laneways to Carlaw and Logan Avenues.

Will roads be closed: Yes. The following roads will be closed or have diversions:

  • Don Roadway south of Lake Shore Boulevard
  • Commissioners Street between Cherry Street and Don Roadway
  • Lower Don Trail south of Corktown Common
  • Villiers Street between Don Roadway and Saulter Street
  • Ramp closures to/from DVP from Lake Shore Boulevard East
  • Intersection of Morse Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East

Construction Notice Link: View Notice

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, incorrect, 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 “construction 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
  • City of Toronto: Road Reconstructions LINK
  • Waterfront Toronto: Port Lands TO Documents: LINK
  • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Construction Notices: LINK
  • Enbridge Projects and Infrastructure: LINK