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Construction Heads Up Part 13: March Break Routes

7 Mar
Hydro chamber construction on Queens Quay West

Hydro chamber construction on Queens Quay West.

As many of you prepare for the upcoming March Break, we’d like to post a little reminder about some of the construction that has been happening here at the Harbour front.

For the remainder of March, the TTC will be limiting access on the University line affecting those traveling between St. George and Union stations. Major re-signalling work over four weekends this month will modernize the TTC signals, relays, wiring and cabling equipment, much of which was originally installed when the University line opened 50 years ago. To accommodate surface travel, a frequent, accessible bus service will operate and shuttle service information is available on the TTC site.

The following weekends will NOT have service between St. George and Union station:

  • Sunday, March 10 (starting Saturday, March 9 at midnight).
  • Sunday, March 17 (starting Saturday, March 16 at midnight).
  • Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24.

For those who are already close to the Harbourfront,  demolition work will continue at the Peter Slip Bridge  after having been delayed due to bad weather. Pedestrian access on the southside of the Peter Slip Bridge is not available due to the confined working space. The northside sidewalk remains open at all times. Crews are expected to remain working in the area until May when the surface of the bridge including the new TTC corridor is complete.

The York Street construction of the new parking lay-by (which will provide a safe area for short-term passenger loading and unloading from coaches and tour buses visiting the waterfront) is nearing completion.  Final paving is expected to be completed this week and regulatory signs will be posted once the lay-by area is finished.

If you’d like to avoid all the driving detours our pedestrian directions from previous blogs still apply or you can plan your route based on the full construction details found at the Waterfront Toronto website.

– Posted by Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Construction Heads Up Part 8: Cutting Curbs

21 Oct

For the past few months we’ve been updating you all about some of dramatic changes that will be taking place around the Waterfront area. Lately there has been a lot more activity and the construction has become much more noticeable.

Here’s a quick over view of what you can expect to see happening this week, and what will be taking place in the future.

  • crews will start cutting concrete curbs, beginning at 350 Queens Quay and working east to York Street
  • construction noise will be audible but will fall within the City’s Construction Noise Bylaw
  • two-way traffic will continue on Queens Quay but localized lane restrictions should be expected in the work zone
  • Short stretches (30m) of a single east bound and west bound lane, adjacent to the TTC corridor, will be closed to traffic but will be restored for both east and westbound traffic at the end of each day
  • Fast fence has been erected along the length of sidewalk adjacent to the Westin Hotel
  • for pedestrians, there will be minimal route disruptions as crews will be predominately working from the curbside eastbound traffic
  • Between Bay St. and York St., crews will start placing well points in preparation of dewatering
  • traffic barrels and security cones will be used and paid duty police officers will be on-site (as necessary) to direct traffic

Throughout all the road work, MIA will remain open for visitors and continue to host regular hours (daily from 10-6pm) and in an effort to bypass some of the more disruptive traffic changes, we’ve created a pedestrian friendly map and the new TTC streetcar routes in order to help plan your visit.

You can see the original construction notice here, or visit the website for more information.

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Construction Heads Up Part 7: Rain, Rain, Go Away…

12 Aug

Sheltered view of our rainy Queens Quay Terminal.

For those brave enough to risk a day out during this temperamental weather we’ve got you covered with another construction update.

Continuing from last week, all transit priority signals have been deactivated along Queens Quay. This includes the signal at the York/Queens Quay intersection which was repaired last week.

TTC crews also will continue to work within the Harbourfront portal where they have been removing overhead wiring on the portal’s exit/entry ramp located just west of Bay St. Once again, trucks and crews will occupy the track right-of-way and ramp area during this work. This means that there will be NO DISRUPTIONS to pedestrian or vehicle access along Queens Quay. That being said, streetcars continue to be out of service and have been replaced by shuttle buses.

Now if only we could get the weather to cooperate…

You can see the original construction notice here, or visit the website for more information.

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Construction Heads Up Part 6: Civic Holiday and Cable Installation

5 Aug

So how many people took the wrong bus to the Harbourfront at least once this week?
Be honest…
*Raises hand* (In my defense, not all of us are “Morning People”)

Hopefully everyone is getting used to the new shuttle bus system that has replaced the 509 and 510 street cars that run from Union Station to York Street. If you need a little refresher, check out our previous posting that includes a short video produced by the TTC and shows some of the traffic changes taking place.

As for this long weekend …
No road work on Monday! Yipee!!

But once this civic holiday has passed, it’s back to business.

For the week  of August 7-10th you’ll still catch a glimpse of workers removing the overhead wiring from the portal to just East of Spadina Avenue. The crew and their trucks will be occupying the track right-of-way but there should be no pedestrian disruption. Vehicle traffic will experience short “holds” when crews cut the span wires  that extend to curbside poles but this delay should only last about five minutes.

Another vehicle disruption will take place on both August 9th and 10th when Bell crews begin to install new copper and fibre cables. To facilitate this construction, a localized single-lane closure will take place on the North side of the street (in the Westbound curb lane) just East of Lower Simcoe from 9am-4pm. Both temporary barriers and duty officers will be in the area to direct traffic.

And, as always, you can read the official construction update here.
Might I suggest reading it in a well air conditioned place with plenty of  icy water.

Hope you (and those construction workers) find a way to keep cool and have a great long weekend!

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Construction Heads Up Part 5: A Streetcar Named “Replacement Shuttle Bus”

29 Jul

Well we all knew this would have to happen eventually…
Starting today and continuing until sometime in 2013, there will no longer be any streetcars running from Union Station to the Harbourfront.

But don’t get too upset, these street cars have been replaced by shuttle buses – and they’ve kept the same 509 and 510 names to avoid confusion.

Now since there will be no streetcars, TTC crews will begin removing the overhead streetcar wiring from the portal to east of Lower Spadina Avenue. The wire removal will begin on Monday July 30th and should take about 10 days but if we have another day of pouring rain or other severe weather the removal process could take longer.

Although the majority of construction activities happening between July 29th- August 3rd will take place on the TTC track right-of-way with almost no impacts to vehicular or pedestrian access it’s a good idea to check in on the most recent updates.

There is even a handy video explaining the changes!

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

Construction Heads Up Part 1: The Revitalization Project

2 Jul

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.

Walking directions from Union Station, down Bay Street and towards the QQT.

Walking directions from Union Station, down York Street and towards the QQT.

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.

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Educational Assistant