King / Queen / The Queensway / Roncesvalles (KQQR) update

Posted on September 24, 2021

As you may have noticed, the City’s contractor began returning to the KQQR construction site. The project management team advises that completion of the remaining Stage 1 work, and transition to Stage 2 work is expected for the latter part of October. The exact date is being finalized and will be communicated very soon. Your patience during this delay is very much appreciated.

As work crews wrap up work along Queen Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue (Stage 1 work area), your continued support of Parkdale Village BIA and Roncesvalles Village BIA businesses is greatly appreciated.

Current & Upcoming Work

  • Work crews will continue the remaining TTC pole installations at the KQQR intersection well into next week.
  • The pole installation at the southeast corner of the intersection will include pouring new sidewalk
  • Work has also resumed at the underground TTC chamber at Sunnyside Avenue and The Queensway (northeast corner)
  • Next week the contractor will begin mobilizing equipment and materials to south (eastbound) curb lane of The Queensway. This is so work crews can begin work on the roadside barrier at Sunnyside Avenue. This is expected to start next week
  • Work will continue on the hydro underground duct bank along the north side of The Queensway from Glendale Avenue to Sunnyside Avenue

Parkside Bridge Rehabilitation (topside)

  • Stage 2 removal work is completed
  • Work crews have poured new ballast wall concrete on both sides of The Queensway / Parkside Drive.
  • New Deck extension formwork is ongoing

What to Expect During Construction

Access to St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Access from The Queensway continues to only be possible via Glendale Avenue. In order to avoid delays, it is highly recommended that anyone wishing to access the hospital by car should opt for Roncesvalles Avenue and then proceed westbound on Marion Street. Find out more here.

Loading & Unloading

There are two designated loading zones in place for the purposes of loading / unloading and curbside pick-up. One is located on Grafton Avenue, east of Roncesvalles Avenue and the other on Triller Avenue, south of Queen Street West. Food delivery companies are welcome to use any of these loading zones.

Parking Impacts

Due to the road closure on Queen Street West (KQQR intersection to Triller Avenue), pay & display (metered) parking cannot be accommodated (despite construction fencing being recently removed). Alternate parking can be found at the TPA lot located at (1624 Queen Street West). In addition, pay and display parking can be found on Queen Street West, east of Triller Avenue.

Traffic Impacts

The following traffic restrictions will continue to be in place:

  • Sunnyside Avenue is closed to northbound traffic from The Queensway. Southbound right and left turns from Sunnyside Avenue to The Queensway are permitted
  • East-west travel continues to be maintained via The Queensway and King Street West by way of a bypass at the KQQR intersection – travel lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction
  • NOTE: East-west travel on The Queensway will continue to be maintained however, travel lanes will start to shift to the centre lanes
  • Roncesvalles Avenue will be closed immediately north of the KQQR intersection – there will be no southbound access
  • Roncesvalles Avenue will be closed at the KQQR intersection – there will be no northbound access
  • Queen Street West will be closed at Triller Avenue – there will be no westbound access
  • Queen Street West will be closed at the KQQR intersection – there will be no eastbound access

Pedestrian & Cycling Impacts

Pedestrian access will continue to be maintained on all sidewalks, including the adjusted crossing points near the KQQR intersection:

  • At the temporary traffic signal on King Street West, south of the KQQR intersection
  • On Queen Street West, east of the KQQR intersection
  • On Roncesvalles Avenue, north of the KQQR intersection closure

Cyclists are encouraged to share the east-west King Street West / The Queensway bypass (single file) with motorists, or dismount and use existing sidewalks.

Where road closures are in place, cyclists should always dismount and use existing sidewalks.

The pedestrian bridge on the southwest corner of the KQQR intersection remains accessible throughout the duration of Stage 1 work.

TTC Service Impacts

Service on the 504 King and 501 Queen Routes continues to be affected by KQQR work.

Please see updated Information on how TTC users can connect from one of the split King routes to the other. This updated signage has been posted at the KQQR intersection to help guide transit users.

Virtual Trailer Drop-Ins

A quick reminder that Virtual Drop-In Sessions occur every Tuesday (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) and anyone can drop-in to ask questions about the KQQR construction. A representative from Councillor Perks’ office, Engineering and Construction Services, TTC and myself will be on the call. We will then report back on main issues / questions raised and will also share any key issues / questions with you in these weekly e-updates.

We look forward to connecting you. Here is a link to the Virtual Trailer Drop-In Session. You can also call 416-915-6530 (access code 133 652 6676).

You can find further details regarding Stage 1 work in Construction Update #2.

Once again, I kindly ask that you share this email AND Virtual Trailer Drop-In Session link (above) with your respective residential/commercial tenants, businesses members, clients, employees and condo unit owners/tenants and that you inform me if there is anyone you feel should be added to this e-update list.

Bloor Street West Bridge Rehabilitation under Metrolinx Rail at UP Express

Posted on June 1, 2021

The Bloor Street West Bridge Rehabilitation under the Metrolinx Rail is set to start on June 7th and will continue until December 2021.

The City of Toronto will rehabilitate the Bloor Street West Bridge under Metrolinx Rail at UP Express. This work will ensure that the bridge meets today’s standards and remains safe for vehicles and pedestrians into the future. The project is part of the Council-approved 2021 Capital Works Program.

This section of Bloor Street West will be reduced to one lane in each direction during all phases of work.

If you have questions about this construction project, please contact the Field Ambassador, Maria Lippa, 437-317-1465, BloorRail@morrisonhershfield.com

Please see the below for more information.

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*Reminder* King – Queen – The Queensway – Roncesvalles Reconstruction: Sewer, Watermain, TTC Streetcar Track Replacement and Intersection Improvements

Posted on April 1, 2021

This joint project by TTC, Transportation Services and Water is the result of many years of work by the community.

In addition to state of good repair work on the aging sewer and TTC tracks around the intersection, the following will also be taking place:

  • Relocation of the eastbound centre platform streetcar stop to the far side of the intersection
  • Normalization of the intersection by removing the right turn lane from Queensway to King Street West
  • Creation of additional green space at the parkette located at Roncesvalles Pedestrian Bridge
  • Modification / construction of street car platforms at Glendale avenue

On April 5th there will be closures at this intersection. The initial closure date was pushed back as to not close the intersection in the middle of the week to then stop work over the holidays.

The following links provide more information about this work and the details for the weekly virtual trailer drop-in sessions:

toronto.ca/kqqr

https://bit.ly/2OhsCrw

Please do not hesitate to call or email the office if you have any questions about this construction work.

Bloor Street Bridge under Metrolinx Rail at UP Express

Posted on April 1, 2021

The City of Toronto is planning to rehabilitate the Bloor Street Bridge under Metrolinx Rail at UP Express in Spring 2021. This work will ensure that the bridge meets today’s standards and remains safe for vehicles and pedestrians into the future. The project is part of the Council-approved 2021 Capital Works Program.

Please see the notice below for further details. For any questions or concerns feel free to contact our office or the Field Ambassador, Maria Lippa at 437-317-1465, BloorRail@morrisonhershfield.com

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KQQR Construction – Partial Intersection Closure

Posted on March 18, 2021

The intersection of KQQR will be partially closed as of March 31 until November 23, 2021 as part of coordinated efforts by the City and TTC to upgrade various infrastructure in the area.

From March 31 until July 21 road users will be able to travel east-west along The Queensway and King Street West. From July 22 until November 23 road users will be able to travel east-west along The Queensway and Queen Street West.

If you have questions about the upcoming work, please contact our office or the Public Consultation Staff: Michael Vieira, 416-392-3074, kqqr@toronto.ca

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Sanitary Main Replacement in Etienne Brule Park

Posted on March 18, 2021

The City of Toronto is replacing the sanitary forcemain (a pressurized sewer pipe that transports wastewater from a lower to higher elevation) through Etienne Brule Park and Home Smith Park, which has reached the end of its life cycle. The existing sanitary forcemain pipe beneath the river is nearly 60 years old and is in danger of failing. This work includes the construction of sewage valve chambers, shaft construction and microtunnelling (an efficient trenchless method for construction of small diameter tunnels) beneath the Humber River. It also involves connecting the new sanitary forcemain outside the existing Baby Point Sewage Pumping Station.

In order to ensure public safety during the construction, the City will be undertaking weekday closures at Etienne Brule Park. The park will be closed (Monday to Friday, excluding holidays) to pedestrians travelling near and through the active construction work zone. This closure will be in effect starting Monday March 15th and is expected to be completed in July of 2021. The construction zone occupies Etienne Brule Park between the Humber River and the Humber Ravine slope and the Humber River Recreational Trail and the park paths are required to move heavy machinery in and out of the construction site. The area of the park off-trail is not maintained and there is not a safe route for pedestrians. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to the residents due to this closure.

This closure will only be in effect on weekdays (Monday to Friday). On weekends (Saturday to Sunday) and holidays, the park will be opened with an access path for pedestrians.

Please see below for more details about the closure, including a map of the location.

Etienne Brule Park Weekday Closure_Construction Update_March 10

Sanitary Main Replacement in Etienne Brule Park

Posted on January 12, 2021

March 10, 2021

Construction Update: Etienne Brule Park Weekday Closure

The City of Toronto is replacing the sanitary forcemain (a pressurized sewer pipe that transports wastewater from a lower to higher elevation) through Etienne Brule Park and Home Smith Park, which has reached the end of its life cycle. The existing sanitary forcemain pipe beneath the river is nearly 60 years old and is in danger of failing. This work includes the construction of sewage valve chambers, shaft construction and microtunnelling (an efficient trenchless method for construction of small diameter tunnels) beneath the Humber River. It also involves connecting the new sanitary forcemain outside the existing Baby Point Sewage Pumping Station.

In order to ensure public safety during the construction, the City will be undertaking weekday closures at Etienne Brule Park. The park will be closed (Monday to Friday, excluding holidays) to pedestrians travelling near and through the active construction work zone. This closure will be in effect starting Monday March 15th and is expected to be completed in July of 2021. The construction zone occupies Etienne Brule Park between the Humber River and the Humber Ravine slope and the Humber River Recreational Trail and the park paths are required to move heavy machinery in and out of the construction site. The area of the park off-trail is not maintained and there is not a safe route for pedestrians. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to the residents due to this closure.

This closure will only be in effect on weekdays (Monday to Friday). On weekends (Saturday to Sunday) and holidays, the park will be opened with an access path for pedestrians.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca with any inquiries.

Please see below for more details about the closure, including a map of the location.

Etienne Brule Park Weekday Closure_Construction Update_March 10

January 11, 2021

The City of Toronto will replace the sanitary forcemain (a pressurized sewer pipe that transports wastewater from a lower to higher elevation) through Etienne Brule Park and Home Smith Park, which has reached the end of its life cycle.

This work will commence this January and is expected to be completed by May 2022. This work includes construction of sewage valve chambers, shaft construction, and microtunnelling (an efficient trenchless method for construction of small diameter tunnels) beneath the Humber River. It also involves connecting the new sanitary forcemain outside the existing Baby Point Sewage Pumping Station.

The construction work will proceed in stages and the entire work area may not be under construction at the same time. See below for more information on the project.FINAL_Baby Point Forcemain Replacement Construction Notice_Jan 11 2021

Runnymede Station is accessible – Easier Access Project Update

Posted on December 10, 2020

Runnymede Station is the newest TTC subway station to become accessible. Three new elevators connecting the street to concourse and subway platforms levels are now open for customer use.
Other minor project related work will continue at the station.

Runnymede Station is Accessible 2020

Planned road closures weekend of November 7 to 8

Posted on November 5, 2020

The City of Toronto announced planned road closures that will impact travel this weekend, Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8.

Lake Shore Boulevard West will be reduced to a single lane of traffic (westbound only), between Windermere Avenue and Ellis Avenue from Friday, November 6 at 9 p.m. until Sunday, November 8 at 11:59 p.m. to accommodate a large tower crane hoist.

As well, several filming permits are in place downtown this weekend, including a permit along Asquith Avenue that requires lane restrictions on Church Street.

There will also be no subway service on Line 1 between St. Clair West and St. Andrew stations on Saturday and Sunday to allow for track work. Shuttle buses will operate throughout the closure, stopping at each station along the route. Dupont, St. Patrick and Osgoode stations will be closed, but all others will remain open for fare sales and connection to surface routes and Line 2. The 63 Ossington bus route will also be diverted away from Atlantic Avenue for a large crane lift. Routing details can be found here Opens in new window .

ActiveTO major weekend road closures will not be in place this weekend for factors that include some of the restrictions listed above along with other factors, as well as available capacity along the adjacent Martin Goodman Trail and Don Valley Trail. As temperatures have cooled, City staff have observed that the adjacent trails can accommodate the demand for those using them.

Traffic-signal timing on nearby routes will be enhanced all weekend to help manage congestion associated with planned restrictions and closures.

College-Dundas St Construction Notice – October 28 – November 2, 2020

Posted on October 21, 2020

The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will renew aging streetcar tracks, resurface the road and repair sidewalks at the intersection of College Street and Dundas Street West, to west of Sterling Road. In addition crews will implement intersection and cycling infrastructure improvements and reconstruct Lumbervale Avenue and St. Helens Avenue from College Street to Lumbervale. This work is the last of three track replacement projects in recent years required for the Lansdowne/Dundas/College triangle. 

A full closure of the Dundas Street West and Sterling Road intersection is required starting at 5 a.m., Wednesday, October 28 to Monday November 2.  After the Sterling Road work is complete the intersection at College Street and Dundas Street West intersection will be fully closed from November 16 to late December. 

Flip through the document below for more information.

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