Revised Construction Notice – Dufferin Street – Watermain, Road Work and TTC Track Reconstruction

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

 

We have received a new notice regarding construction on Dufferin Street for Watermain, Road Work and TTC Track Repairs, more information below:

 

“July 05, 2012

This Notice Supersedes the Notice issued on June 28, 2012


Dufferin Street
Watermain, Road Work and TTC Track Reconstruction

Start Date:    July 3, 2012 Timelines subject to change due to unforeseen events

End Date:     December 2012 Content is accurate and current at time of printing

Beginning on July 3, the City of Toronto -Technical Services and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will undertake major construction work on Dufferin Street from Queen Street West to Springhurst Avenue. A previous public notice was distributed in early April 2012. The work will involve; reconstruction of watermain, streetcar tracks, road, curb and sidewalk areas, traffic signals, and streetscape (e.g. construction of sign wall, seat wall and banner pole).

Construction Notification

The project is being scheduled and staged in a manner to minimize disruption to the general traffic and transit service during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). Construction on this project will be suspended during the CNE. Project updates will be provided as required.

General Timeline

Phase 1: Watermain work begins at south of Springhurst Avenue and progress north towards Queen Street

with some sidewalk and road work.

Phase 2: Track reconstruction including road work begins between Springhurst Avenue and Queen Street.

Remaining watermain work resumes after the CNE event is over.

Construction Details

Phase 1: Watermain Work between Springhurst Avenue and Queen Street.

Work will start south of Springhurst Avenue and progress north towards Queen Street. There will be no major disruption to your water services. This work will continue into the month of August.

Traffic and Parking Restrictions

One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Dufferin Street between King Street and Queen Street.

Parking restrictions will be imposed within the active work zone. Some left-turn restrictions may be required as well.

The curb lanes at the King/Dufferin and Queen/Dufferin intersections will be affected during the construction work.

TTC Transit Service

The 29/329 Dufferin bus service will be affected differently during the different phases of the project. During Phase 1 of the project Dufferin buses will operate on regular routing in both directions through the work zone.

Phase 2: Track Reconstruction between Springhurst Avenue and Queen Street.

The existing track area will be completely excavated, new rail installed and concrete placed.

Traffic and Parking Restrictions

Traffic will be reduced to one lane northbound. Southbound lanes will be closed.

Left-turn restrictions within the work zone will be imposed and parking will not be permitted.

The curb lanes at the King/Dufferin and Queen/Dufferin intersections will be affected during the construction work.

TTC Transit Service

During Phase 2 of the project, details relating to the bus service/diversions will be provided in a future notice and posted on transit stops along the route prior to changes taking effect.

Driveway Access and Allowances

At times, the construction will require temporary closure of private driveways. Where the property has two entrances, one entrance will be maintained at all times. Temporary parking permits will be distributed by City construction staff in advance of access restrictions.

Road Closures

Road closures will be required for work at the intersections of Liberty Street and Melbourne Avenue. Work at the intersections will be scheduled for weekends, dates to be determined.

As work progresses, some one-way side streets connected with Dufferin Street will be converted to temporary two-way operation.

As with any roadway construction and associated lane closures, it should be expected that traffic on Dufferin Street will be displaced during stages of this project and overflow onto local streets. The City appreciates your understanding.

Pedestrian Access

Pedestrian access to businesses and walkways will be maintained on both sides of all roads at all times during all phases of construction. The contractor will further notify you should any temporary disruptions be required.

Work Hours

Work will generally run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  However, the TTC track reconstruction phase of this project will involve periods of late evening and overnight work and extended weekend hours. The overnight rail work by TTC may consist of moving rail into position, rail installation and rail welding / grinding. After-hours work by TTC is required to support the daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible. While every effort will be made to minimize construction noise during the work periods, noise should be expected.

Recycling and Garbage Collection

Follow your normal routine. If required, the contractor will move the items to an appropriate location and return the bins/containers. Please label your bins/containers with your address.

Deliveries

During construction, deliveries to the front of businesses within the work zone may need to be coordinated with the on-site City inspector. Kindly contact City of Toronto Project Manager.

Project Contacts

For more information about this project:

Water Service Replacement Contractor:

Company/Contractor:                            Domti Engineering & Construction Ltd.

Contact Person:                                     Gian Sansalone

Phone:                                                     416 991 6595

City Contacts

Shahid Virk

City of Toronto Project Engineer; 416-338-5542, svirk@toronto.ca

24/7 General Inquiries: 311

TTY: 416-338-0889

TTC Contacts

Diego Sinagoga – TTC track related work

TTC Community Liaison Representative; 416-393-2197

TTC Customer Service: 416-393-3030 (Daily 7a.m. to 10p.m., closed holidays)

TTY (TTC): 416-481-2523 (Daily, 8a.m. to 5p.m., closed holidays)

TTC Route Information: 416-393-INFO (4636)

Both the City and TTC web sites will be updated with additional information nearing the start of construction:

www.toronto.ca/improvements

www.ttc.ca

 

 

To view a pdf copy of the notice see: Dufferin – Second Public notice

 

 

 

Construction Notice – Full Closure of Downtown Toronto Intersection: Queen and Spadina

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

If you are planning a trip near Queen St. West and Spadina any time soon please see the following notice,

“The intersection of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue in downtown Toronto will be closed to traffic in all four directions for TTC streetcar track replacement work for two weeks – from Monday, July 9 at 5 a.m. to Monday, July 23 at 6 p.m.

Alternative eastbound and westbound routes include Dundas Street, Richmond Street, Adelaide Street and King Street, while Bathurst Street and University Avenue can be used as alternative routes for northbound and southbound traffic.

During the closure, pedestrian access to all businesses in the area will be maintained.”

If you require further information please contact 311

Toronto Public Health – Bed Bug Team Update

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

 

 

Please take a moment and read the following notice from Dr. David McKeown (The Toronto Medical Officer of Health) regarding the Bed Bug Team and their very important services.

 

“This is to inform you that, at its meeting on June 6 and 7, 2012, Toronto City Council unanimously approved sufficient municipal funding for Toronto Public Health’s dedicated Bed Bug Team to deliver bed bug control services in the City of Toronto for the next 3 months.  City Council has requested the Province of Ontario to provide funding for the balance of 2012.

 

With this new City funding, the Bed Bug Team will be providing the following services:

 

1.     Field inspections/unit assessments in response to bed bug complaints.

 

2.   Financial support for extreme cleaning/unit preparation for vulnerable clients.

 

3.   Public Health Nurse support to vulnerable clients through nursing assessments and linkages to appropriate social supports essential in dealing with their living conditions and/or personal health issues.

 

To file a bed bug complaint, or to request one of the services listed above please contact Toronto Health Connection by calling 416-338-7600 or by emailing publichealth@toronto.ca.

 

Given the time-limited nature of the current funding and the backlog of vulnerable client cases to be investigated, the following services will not be provided.

1.  Bed bug identifications for the public at Toronto Public Health offices.

 

2.  Educational presentations.

 

Bed bug information continues to be available on the provincial website http://bedbugsinfo.ca/ and the Toronto Public Health website http://www.toronto.ca/health/bedbugs/.

 

Colborne Lodge – Garden Voices of Ontario Historic Gardens, "Posies, Picnics and Papillons"

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

 

“On July 15, from 1 – 3 p.m. join this in-depth garden experience, Posies, Picnics and Papillons, in partnership with “Garden Voices of Ontario Historic Gardens”.  Admission to the garden tour includes admission to the museum where visitors learn how the fruits of the garden are used in the historic kitchen, sampling recipes like aromatic vinegar. $20 plus tax, payable at the door. reserve your spot at 416-392-6916. Colborne Lodge is located at the south end of High Park one of Toronto’s largest parks (400 acres) which got its start as the Howards’ back yard

Visitors will stroll through the delightful Victorian gardens surrounding Colborne Lodge the charming Regency Picturesque rural cottage of one of Toronto’s first architects John George Howard and his wife Jemima. One of a very few such buildings in North America still in its original setting, Colborne Lodge provides the backdrop to a tour of the garden spaces. Present day Friends of Colborne Lodge Garden Volunteers will introduce you to the garden voices of John and Jemima and update you to the 21st century with their personal tales of garden experiences – such as the mystery of the wandering quince. John or Jemima may well join the group to tell you about the famous spring blossoms or the enormous picnics that used to take place on the estate. You may picnic here too. Come early; bring a picnic blanket and a lunch for a pre-tour feast or save it for dinner up the road before taking in Shakespeare in the Park – this year CanStage presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Many people come right after work bringing a picnic basket to enjoy dinner al fresco before the play begins.

While many of the garden beds are recreations, the plant material is true to the Howard diaries and journals and with few exceptions, plant varieties predate 1890. As you might expect of a place that is one hundred and seventy five years old this year, the gardens have many stories to tell…

Examples of John Howard’s diaries will be available for visitors to peruse, gaining a better understanding of the historical resources that provide the framework for the garden restoration project.”

 

To learn more please see: Garden Voices

 

Colborne Lodge – Garden Voices of Ontario Historic Gardens, “Posies, Picnics and Papillons”

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

 

“On July 15, from 1 – 3 p.m. join this in-depth garden experience, Posies, Picnics and Papillons, in partnership with “Garden Voices of Ontario Historic Gardens”.  Admission to the garden tour includes admission to the museum where visitors learn how the fruits of the garden are used in the historic kitchen, sampling recipes like aromatic vinegar. $20 plus tax, payable at the door. reserve your spot at 416-392-6916. Colborne Lodge is located at the south end of High Park one of Toronto’s largest parks (400 acres) which got its start as the Howards’ back yard

Visitors will stroll through the delightful Victorian gardens surrounding Colborne Lodge the charming Regency Picturesque rural cottage of one of Toronto’s first architects John George Howard and his wife Jemima. One of a very few such buildings in North America still in its original setting, Colborne Lodge provides the backdrop to a tour of the garden spaces. Present day Friends of Colborne Lodge Garden Volunteers will introduce you to the garden voices of John and Jemima and update you to the 21st century with their personal tales of garden experiences – such as the mystery of the wandering quince. John or Jemima may well join the group to tell you about the famous spring blossoms or the enormous picnics that used to take place on the estate. You may picnic here too. Come early; bring a picnic blanket and a lunch for a pre-tour feast or save it for dinner up the road before taking in Shakespeare in the Park – this year CanStage presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Many people come right after work bringing a picnic basket to enjoy dinner al fresco before the play begins.

While many of the garden beds are recreations, the plant material is true to the Howard diaries and journals and with few exceptions, plant varieties predate 1890. As you might expect of a place that is one hundred and seventy five years old this year, the gardens have many stories to tell…

Examples of John Howard’s diaries will be available for visitors to peruse, gaining a better understanding of the historical resources that provide the framework for the garden restoration project.”

 

To learn more please see: Garden Voices

 

Car Washing Wisely: Keeping Your Car and The Environment Clean

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

 

 

Car washing wisely – Keeping Your Car and The Environment Clean

“Summer and car washing seem to go together. However, many of us don’t realize where the dirty water from our cars goes. The soap, grease, heavy metals and dirt that we rinse off our cars can end up untreated in the nearest stream, river, creek, or lake. This not only pollutes our waterways, it may also harm aquatic life.

Toronto’s sewer system is generally made up of two types of sewers. The sanitary system takes the used water from homes and businesses to a wastewater treatment plant for cleaning. The storm sewer system – the square grates on the side of the road – takes rainwater and melted snow from the streets and releases it, untreated, into local waterways and ultimately out into Lake Ontario.

The City reminds residents that Municipal Code, Chapter 681, Sewers (Sewers Bylaw) prohibits the discharge of any water other than stormwater or melted snow into the storm sewers.

To avoid contaminating local waterways and contravening the bylaw, use these options for washing your car:

• Use a commercial car wash facility. These facilities capture the used water and discharge it into the sanitary sewer system where it will receive further treatment. They are also regulated by the City of Toronto to follow a Best Management Practice.

• Find a location where the wastewater can absorb into the ground and keep out of the storm sewer. For example, washing cars on a grassy lawn or gravel surface allows the wastewater to be absorbed by the soil. Washing the car on your lawn also provides an opportunity to give the lawn a good watering at the same time.

• Dispose of the wastewater into the sanitary sewer.  Use a pail, washcloth and only a small amount of water to remove dirt, and then wipe the car dry. This way, the waste water can be contained in the bucket and disposed of into the sanitary sewer through a laundry sink or toilet.

When choosing one of the above car-washing options, here are a few tips to stay green:

• Don’t use soap or car-care products that need to be washed off. Many car-care products contain harmful chemicals and should be avoided. Some claim to be environmentally-friendly, but the claims can’t be proven and may still affect water quality.

• Don’t wash your car during drought conditions.”

 

For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/water or call 311.

Exhibition Place Environment Day

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

 

If you didn’t get a chance to make it out to the Ward 14 Community Environment Day last weekend and would like to safely dispose of computer accessories, small appliances, batteries, etc., make sure check out Exhibition Place’s  event this Saturday.

 

To learn more please see the event flyer: Community Environment Day @ Explace

To find out more about exhibition place please see: http://www.explace.on.ca/

 

 

When You Don't Know Where To Turn… Turn To 211

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

 

 

If you can not view the video above please see it here: http://youtu.be/h5khW4oG7JY

As well, ff you work for a non-profit, government agency, health centre, charity or organization, 211 has free material (brochures, posters and outreach cards) to order to help promote the services of 211 in your community. Please see the following link and review the product selection, indicate the quantities you require and fill out your order: http://blog.211ontario.ca/211-outreach-materials-order-form-2011-2012/

 

211 is a three-digit phone number and Website that provides information and referral to community and social services in Ontario. Our Certified Information and Referral Specialists are caring, understanding and knowledgeable, and pride themselves on their ability to connect you with the services you need.

 

 

 


When You Don’t Know Where To Turn… Turn To 211

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

 

 

If you can not view the video above please see it here: http://youtu.be/h5khW4oG7JY

As well, ff you work for a non-profit, government agency, health centre, charity or organization, 211 has free material (brochures, posters and outreach cards) to order to help promote the services of 211 in your community. Please see the following link and review the product selection, indicate the quantities you require and fill out your order: http://blog.211ontario.ca/211-outreach-materials-order-form-2011-2012/

 

211 is a three-digit phone number and Website that provides information and referral to community and social services in Ontario. Our Certified Information and Referral Specialists are caring, understanding and knowledgeable, and pride themselves on their ability to connect you with the services you need.

 

 

 


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