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

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.