Some local Torontonians may have noticed that last month the Waterfront began to see an increase of large trucks and reflective orange work uniforms. These are the signs of change as the area undergoes an extensive site transformation.
As part of this revitalization project, a new underground parking facility has been created with a few public spaces at various stages of progress. The entire project should be completed in 2014, and will unfold in three parts. The first part, which began last month includes:
- utility upgrades (Bell and Hydro)
- the installation of a new storm, sanitary and watermain infrastructure
- re-building the TTC right-of-way tracks with expanded platforms and amenities
- new interim Martin Goodman Trail and sidewalk between Yonge Street and Lower Jarvis Street
- preliminary roadwork including new taxi stands
To facilitate this revitalization project, there will eventually be some changes made to the transportation system. In order to accommodate visitors, the MIA will be posting updates to improve visitor access to the Queens Quay Terminal.
For the week of July 2-6 the following information from the Waterfront Toronto website may be beneficial:
All Bell construction activities are expected to be completed by end of day Friday, July 6, at which point Bell will begin planning cabling activities. Crews will finish their construction activities with the completion of all remaining tie-ins – the process by which crews attach newly installed conduit to Bell handwells. This work is considered “hand-work” and will not require heavy machinery although Aecon trucks will be parked at the worksite location.
Crews will revisit two areas where previous work occurred. They will be located on the south side of Queens Quay at Queens Quay Terminal on July 3 and 4 and at the south-east corner of Queens Quay and Lower Simcoe on July 5 and 6.
When crews are working, they will cordon off small sections of sidewalk and traffic lanes as necessary with access maintained at all times. Paid duty-police officers will be used if localized disruptions are required. Intermittent noise should be expected between the hours of 8am to 5pm each day.
For the remainder of the week, visitors will still be able to access the Queens Quay Terminal (and our museum) by taking the Westound 509 (Harbourfront) and 510 (Spadina) shuttle buses from Union Station. Visitors can also choose to walk from Union Station by going South on Bay, and turning West on Queens Quay West, or walking East on Front and turning South on York.
We are really looking forward to seeing what fun new things are going to be a part of our neck of the woods, and hope our directions are as clear as possible. As things progress we will be sure to keep you informed, and additional information can be found on the Waterfront Toronto website.