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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.

Construction Notice: Hydro One Underground Cable Repairs Yonge and Queens Quay W

What: Repair of damaged underground transmission cable along Queens Quay between York Street and Lower Jarvis Street – Emergency Work.

Duration: September 2022

Agency: Hydro One

Impacts: Closure of a section of the Martin Goodman trail, increased noise and vehicular traffic.

Road Closure Notice: Nuit Blanche – October 1 to October 2, 2022.

What:

  • Road Closure of Queens Quay W between York and Freeland St. – Local Traffic Only.
  • Road Closure of Yonge St from Queens Quay to Lake Shore Blvdrr
  • Allowance for East-West traffic on Harbour St. and lake Shore Blvd

Duration: Saturday October 1, 2022 at 10:00am to Sunday October 2 at 10:00am.

Agency: Nuit Blanche Toronto

Impacts: Temporary Road Closures

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.

Road Closure: June 18, 2022 – June 19, 2022 – Lower Simcoe south of Lake Shore Blvd.

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.

Cooper Street Relocations – Toronto Hydro

What: Relocation of overhead electrical systems
Location
: Cooper Street, between Lake Shore Blvd E and Queens Quay E
Duration: July 2022 to December 2022
Agency: Toronto Hydro
Impacts: Dust, noise, road and sidewalk restrictions, tree trimming

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 Spring 2023 (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.

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

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.

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 “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