Bloor Street Bike Lanes – Installation Begins in August

Posted on July 27, 2016

Great news, Bloor Street Bike Lanes Project begins installation next week.
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Work starting soon on installation of Bloor Street cycle tracks

The City of Toronto will be installing cycle tracks (bike lanes) on Bloor Street from Shaw Street to Avenue Road as a pilot project to enhance cycling infrastructure and safety for all road users.

To accommodate this new cycling infrastructure, a number of changes will be made to Bloor Street in this area starting next week, including:
• Bloor Street from Shaw Street to Avenue Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction beginning Tuesday, August 2, weather permitting.
• All on-street parking in this area will be removed for the first few days of construction, starting August 1 at 6 p.m.
• New painted bike lanes, flexi-posts and signs will be installed.
• Signs will be installed to communicate changes to parking bylaws and loading areas.

Work to install the cycle tracks will take place 24 hours a day from Monday to Friday, and there is a possibility of some weekend work. As much as possible, noisy work will be limited to daytime hours. The installation work is expected to take about two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

For cyclists, Harbord Street will be an alternative route during the early part of construction.

These changes are part of the Bloor Street bike lanes pilot project that was approved by City Council in May. The pilot project evaluation will focus on the effectiveness of the cycle tracks, options for the design of the separation between the cycle tracks and traffic lanes, the impacts on parking and loading for area businesses, and the effect on traffic flow.

More information about this project is available athttp://www.toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes or at @TO_Cycling on Twitter.
The City has a web-based map to help residents and visitors make their travel plans, available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions. Information about the City’s planned capital construction work is available athttp://www.toronto.ca/inview.

This work is part of the City’s comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto’s roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.BikesBloor

Join the High Park Stewards on Sunday, July 24

Posted on July 22, 2016

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High Park Stewards invite you to Weeds and more weeds!.

Join the High Park Stewards on Sunday, July 24.
Meet us at 10:30 am in front of the Grenadier Restaurant. We work until 12:30.
Wear long sleeves, hat, long pants and closed shoes with socks. Bring water and sunscreen.
Tools and gloves are provided.

www.highparknature.org and stewards@highparknature.org

Update from Waterfront Toronto: Gardiner East Draft Environmental Assessment Report Now Available for Public Review

Posted on July 22, 2016

Public Notice

Gardiner East Draft Environmental Assessment Report
Have Your Say! View the Draft Report and send in your comments by September 6, 2016

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The Gardiner East Environmental Assessment (EA) project team has prepared a Draft EA Report for the reconfiguration of the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard East, from just west of Jarvis Street to approximately Leslie Street. The Draft EA Report summarizes the Gardiner East EA study process since it was initiated in 2009 to the present, and will be submitted to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for approval in the near future.

Before the submission to MOECC, stakeholders and the public are invited to review the Draft EA Report as part of a 45-day voluntary review period, beginning July 21, 2016 and ending on September 6, 2016, and provide comments to the project team via the Facilitator’s Office.

An electronic copy of the Draft EA Report is available on the project website.

Alternatively, a hard copy of the Draft EA Report can be viewed at Toronto City Hall Library (100 Queen Street West, main floor), Waterfront Toronto (20 Bay Street, Suite 1310), and the Facilitator’s Office (505 Consumers Road, Suite 1005), during regular business hours.

Comments may be submitted via one of the following options:

  1. An online feedback form;
  2. Email to info@gardinereast.ca; or
  3. Mail to the Facilitator’s Office at:

    Gardiner East EA Facilitator’s Office
    505 Consumers Road, Suite 1005
    Toronto, ON  M2J 4V8

The Draft EA Report will subsequently be revised as needed to address comments received during the voluntary review period. The final Draft EA Report will then be submitted to MOECC for approval. A second, mandatory public and government review of the Final EA document will then be coordinated through the MOECC. The public will have seven (7) weeks to provide comment to the MOECC on the Final EA Report. The Final EA Report is anticipated to be submitted to the MOECC in fall 2016 and will be made available through the project website.

Sincerely,
Gardiner East EA Facilitator’s Office

Free Wi-Fi in parts of Parkdale

Posted on July 22, 2016

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Image from MetroNews

“ReBOOT Canada has started a one-year pilot project to provide free Wi-Fi access in Parkdale, from Sorauren Avenue to Dufferin Street.”

To see the full article, click here: http://bit.ly/2a15t2t

 

 

Streetcar Track Reconstruction and Intersection Improvements at College and Lansdowne Ave

Posted on July 15, 2016

Below are some updates regarding the construction projects taking place on  or near College Street this summer.

Some Ward 14 Residents may be affected.


Streetcar Track Reconstruction and Intersection Improvements at College and Lansdowne Ave

From July 18 – September 2, 2016 The City of Toronto will replace the streetcar tracks at the intersection of College and Lansdowne.

To accommodate this work the intersection will be completely closed from Monday July 25th to Monday August 8th.

On all other days the intersection be reduced to one lane.

Work Hours:
The first few days of full intersection closure are the most disruptive and involve breaking and removing concrete within the streetcar track areas. The breaking will stop at 11:00 p.m.

 

Traffic Management:

Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. These efforts include adding Local Access signs and revising traffic signal times.
Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets.

  • The College Street & Lansdowne Avenue intersection will be closed to traffic Monday July 25, 2016 at 6 a.m. to Monday August 8, 2016 at 6 a.m.
  • Pedestrians will have to walk around the work area on sidewalks or walkways provided.
  • Cyclists opting to use the sidewalk must dismount and walk the same sections as pedestrians or use alternate routes provided below.
  • The intersection will reopen with one lane in all directions on August 8, 2016.
  • All lane restrictions at the intersection will be cleared on September 2, 2016.

 

Alternate Cycle Routes:

Southbound Cyclists: Cyclists travelling south on Lansdowne between Bloor and College Streets and will be diverted west to St. Helen’s Avenue via Lumbervale Avenue, then west onto Dundas Street West and south on Sorauren Avenue.

Northbound Cyclists: The northbound bicycle lane on Lansdowne Avenue will be closed between Rideau Avenue and Dundas Street West and cyclists will be required to share a lane with motor vehicle traffic. At Dundas Street, cyclists may travel east to Brock Avenue and then proceed north on Brock Avenue to College or Bloor.

Eastbound Cyclists: Travelling east on Dundas to Brock Street then north on Brock to College Street (note there is a detour off of College Street between Havelock and Shaw Street).

Westbound Cyclists: Will have to turn off College Street at Brock Avenue, south to Dundas Street West and turn right at Dundas Street West.

Cycling Detours Maps at: www.toronto.ca/collegest

 

TTC Service

The following routes will be diverted

  • 506/306 Carlton
  • 47 Lansdowne

Visit ttc.ca for further service details.

Dufferin Street Bridge (at Queen) Widening Project – July 2016

Posted on July 15, 2016


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[ Click for the full PDF: Dufferin Street Bridge Flyer FINAL ]

The Dufferin Street bridge project at Queen St. W. is the final phase of the original jog-elimination project that was completed by the City of Toronto in 2010. Expanding the bridge supports GO expansion which will bring 15 minute, two-way electrified GO service to the West Queen West community. The project also delivers on plans to connect the community with the Toronto West Railpath and the creation of a new city park.

As part of work on the Dufferin Street Bridge, we are partnering with the City of Toronto to extend the West Toronto Railpath multi-use trail to the West Queen West community. This extension will run along the existing rail corridor, connecting cyclists and pedestrians from Dupont St. to just east of Dufferin St. These community investments add to the recently announced new GO Train stations including the proposed Liberty Village and Bloor-Davenport stations.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Residents living near the bridge can expect to see and hear regular construction vehicles operating during the widening of the bridge, including a drill rig, excavator, concrete and load trucks to carry materials, a crane, power generators and air compressors. Since this work is being done in an active rail corridor, crews will need to work in the evening and overnight to ensure safe working conditions, as some of this work cannot take place when trains are operating. If overnight work is required, lights will be used to ensure safe working conditions, however, they will be focused away from nearby homes and businesses when possible. We will also be continuously monitoring noise associated with this work, to ensure noise is kept within appropriate levels. The contractor on site has been asked to complete noisier work during the day, to help mitigate evening disruption, where possible. To minimize impacts to the community we are working on an accelerated schedule that will shorten the duration of construction.

This work will also require intermittent lane closures and a total closure of Dufferin Street for approximately one month. Closure dates will be confirmed and communicated closer to the date. Two weeks’ notice will be given to neigbouring residents and businesses for the full street closure. Full street closure will not happen until after the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), which ends September 6. We’ve been working with City of Toronto to develop a traffic management plan as part of this closure and appropriate signage will be in place to redirect pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles during the full closure of Dufferin St.

TIMING
The Dufferin Bridge widening project will begin in late July and construction is expected to take approximately one year to complete. Work may be continuous, throughout the day and evening, including weekends. We are committed to keeping local residents and businesses informed during construction. Updates about the project and impacts during different phases of construction will be regularly provided.
If you would like to find out more information about the upcoming bridge work, we will be hosting a drop-in session at the Carnaby Condo, 11 Peel Ave, on July 21, 2016 from 5PM-7PM. Representatives from Metrolinx will be there to answer any questions you may have about the project

14 Division – FOCUS Expansion Information Session – Tuesday, July 19th

Posted on July 14, 2016

FOCUS Toronto, which is a collaborative effort led by the Toronto Police Service, City of Toronto, and United Way Toronto/York Region with 14 Division Toronto Police Service is hosting an information session regarding the expansion of the FOCUS Rexdale pilot into 14 Division. The Steering Committee would like to formally invite you.

The Committee is reaching out to community agencies to attend this information session and potentially become partners in their mission to reduce the risks that vulnerable populations face in Toronto. This meeting will provide a comprehensive overview of the model, including how it works, what has been learned, and how to get involved.

Where: 350 Dovercourt Rd. Toronto (14 Division)
When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
10:00 am

Please RSVP to Evon Smith by emailing esmith@uwgt.org and include:
Name
Agency
Position

Have Your Say in the Modernization of the Toronto Police Service

Posted on July 14, 2016

You are invited to attend one of the consultation sessions below to learn more and to have your say about the future of your police service.
 
Tuesday July 19th, 2016 6pm – 9pm
Etobicoke Civic Centre 399 The West Mall
 
Monday July 25th, 2016 5pm – 8pm
Access Point on Danforth 3079 Danforth Ave
 
Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 6pm – 9pm
Rexdale Hub 21 Panorama Court
 
Tuesday August 9th, 2016 5pm – 8pm
The Learning Enrichment Foundation 116 Industry Street
 
Monday August 22nd, 2016 5pm – 8pm
Barbara Frum Library 20 Covington Road
 
Wednesday September 7th, 2016 5pm – 8pm
Driftwood Community Centre 4401 Jane Street
 
Tuesday September 13th, 2016 5pm – 8pm
McGregor Park Community Centre 2231 Lawrence Ave E
 
Saturday November 5th, 2016 9am – 1pm
City Hall 100 Queen Street W
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Honda Indy Closures: July 13th to July 17th, 2016

Posted on July 13, 2016

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Strachan Avenue between Lake Shore Boulevard and Fleet Street will be closed Wednesday, July 13th.

Lake Shore Boulevard from Strachan Avenue to British Columbia Drive will be closed on Wednesday, July 13th at 9 p.m.

Both closures will be in effect until midnight on Sunday, July 17. There will be no eastbound or westbound traffic during this closure. The only available access to Ontario Place will be from the foot of Strachan Avenue.

The TTC will divert several routes to accommodate the Honda Indy as follows: 511 Bathurst shuttle buses will divert via Fleet Street and Fort York Boulevard; 29 Dufferin buses will turn back at Springhurst Avenue; 509 Harbourfront streetcars will turn back at Fleet Street Loop, and 510 Spadina streetcars will turn back at Queens Quay West.

Construction Notice – Streetcar stop rail replacement – Mon, July 11 to Fri, July 15

Posted on July 7, 2016

Construction Notice
Streetcar stop rail replacement
Howard Park Avenue at Indian Road
Date: Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15, 2016

* Timelines / content is accurate at time of printing

Work description and purpose
Starting on July 11 at 8 a.m., TTC track crews will be replacing worn rail at the westbound streetcar stop on Howard Park Avenue at Indian Road.
The old rail will be removed and new rail installed, welded and grinded. The new rail will be stored and welded in the track allowance on Howard Park Avenue, just west of Sunnyside Avenue. This work will take place while the 506 Carlton route continues to operate as buses due to construction on College Street.

Concrete milling machine
In an effort to reduce disruption to streetcar service during work of this nature, the TTC is now using a different method (milling) of removing the concrete from the track area to expose the rail for replacement. The traditional method of breaking concrete from the track area affected service up to seven days. The milling method will reduce service disruption to approximately four days.

Work hours
The work at this location will take approximately four days. Work, including milling concrete, will generally take place during the day between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.* Concrete will cure overnight.

TTC service and traffic
To create a safe work zone during the rail work, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. A portion of street parking through the work zone and rail storage area will be temporarily restricted. There will be no changes to TTC service as this activity will take place within the TTC track allowance. 506 buses will follow regular service.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve transit in Toronto.

TTC contacts
• Diego Sinagoga, Community Liaison, 416-393-2197; diego.sinagoga@ttc.ca.
• Customer Service, 416-393-3030 (daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed holidays) or @TTChelps
• TTY Line: 416-481-2523 (Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except statutory holidays)
• Route/Schedules/Fares: 416-393-4636 and ttc.ca.

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