Councillor Perks has met with City staff from both Technical and Transportation Services regarding the June 12th Dufferin Street Bridge Closure.
At this time, Technical Services can provide the following details. The present bridge will be closed to vehicles at 9 AM June 12th. In approximately 3-6 months, the present bridge will be demolished. The vehicular crossing should be fully re-established within 18 months with temporary bridges. Pedestrian and cycling access will remain available. A construction schedule is currently being developed to minimize the disruption to pedestrian traffic. Further information will be provided once the schedule has been developed.
Transportation Staff have advised that 20 traffic signs have been placed at intersections leading to the Dufferin Street Bridge to alert motorists of the upcoming closure of the Bridge and to make plans to take alternative routes. They are currently developing a plan that will adjust traffic signals and signage to minimize the impact of this closure on both residential communities and businesses. Transportation Staff will monitor traffic flows and continue to make adjustments as necessary.
TTC staff are currently reviewing their bus routes to ensure minimal disruption.
A project web site is being developed which will have the most up-to-date information for the public to access.
We will provide details of that site once available. For now, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/improvements/ward14.htm for the latest details.
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The Queen West Restaurant Report is finished and will be debated at the June 18th meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC).
You can find the Report here: Final Report – Queen Street West – Restaurant Study
In August 2010, in response to these concerns, City Council passed a motion directing City Planning staff to study Queen Street and report back on measures mitigate negative impacts associated with restaurants and bars on the surrounding area. While the study was underway, an Interim Control By-law (ICB) was passed by Toronto Council (October, 2012) to prohibit new restaurants and second floor expansions on Queen St West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street for a one year period. This gave City Planning time to finish the study.