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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 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