College Street Construction Update

College Street Construction Update
www.toronto.ca/collegest

1.Streetscape Improvements on College from Shaw St  to Havelock St 

(Construction Notice Attached)

From June 27 to November 30,2016 The City of Toronto is improving the streetscape of College Street West between Shaw Street and Havelock Street. This work is required to improve the quality of the sidewalk and street environment. The improvements include new parkettes, bike rings, tree plantings and light fixtures.

Work Hours:
Work will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, with work after hours and on weekends as required.

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, revising traffic signal times. Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets.

·         Traffic on College Street will be reduced to two lanes, one in each direction through this work zone.

·         Due to construction work on the sidewalk and the curb lane being used for machinery. A special walking lane will be made available for pedestrians with access to businesses.

Work will start on the north lane of College Street starting at Havelock and working east towards Shaw Street. When work is complete on the North side it will move to the South side of College Street an update will be provided before the work zone is shifted. 

Alternate Cycle Routes: 

Signs for cyclists will be posted directing both eastbound and westbound cyclists around the streetscaping work between Havelock and Shaw.

Eastbound Cyclists: Should take Havelock north to Dewson travel on Dewson to Ossington travel north on Ossington to Harbord and east to Shaw south to College Street.

Westbound Cyclists: Westbound Cyclists should travel north on Roxton to Dewson, west on Dewson to Havelock and south on Havelock to College Street.

TTC Service: This project will affect travel times on the 506/306 Carlton route

·         506 Carlton streetcars will be converted to buses on the western portion of College Street during weekdays. Buses will operate both ways on College between Keele Station and the downtown area and will divert around the intersection closure both ways via College, Dufferin and Dundas.

·         506 Carlton streetcars will be maintained on the eastern portion of the route during weekdays. Streetcars will operate between Main Street Station and the downtown area.

506 Carlton weekend and 306 overnight services will operate as buses along the entire route from Main Street Station to Keele Station to accommodate City watermain relining work on Gerrard Street East.

Downtown Construction Update

www.toronto.ca/downtownconstructionprojects

2.  Watermain Upgrades & Streetcar Track Reconstruction on Richmond St from Church St to York St

(Construction Notice Attached)

From July 4 – November 30th The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission will be working on Richmond Street between Church and York streets to upgrade the watermain, remove existing streetcar tracks and to reconstruct the westbound track only.

This project will be phased.

·         Phase 1 (July 4 to August 7)

·         Phase 2 (August 8 to November 30)

Work Hours:
There are periods of 24 hour activity on this project.
The first few days are the most disruptive and involve breaking and removing concrete within the streetcar track areas. The breaking will end by 11 p.m. each night.

 

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, revising traffic signal times. Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets.

·         Due to the nature of streetcar track replacement work, traffic will be reduced to one lane, when the contractor can restore additional lanes they will be restored.

There will be additional weekend lane restrictions on Yonge Street, Bay Street and Victoria Street when the contractor completes watermain service connections.

Alternate Cycle Routes: 

This work requires the use of three traffic lanes and as a result, within the limits of the construction zone, the Richmond cycle track cannot be maintained during the construction period. Cyclists can share the available single lane with vehicles (single file) or use alternate routes on Queen Street, King Street or Wellington Street. Signs for cyclists will be posted to direct cyclists around the work zone. There may be times when work shifts into the north lane of Richmond Street, at which point for safety, cyclists may want to use an alternate route to avoid streetcar track.

 TTC Service: 

The five Downtown Express Bus routes that operate westbound on Richmond Street will be diverted to operate on Queen Street instead of Richmond Street during this construction project.

The following routes will be diverted

·         141 Downtown/Mt Pleasant Express

·         142 Downtown/Avenue Road Express

·         143 Downtown/Beach Express

·         144 Downtown/Don Valley Express

·         145 Downtown/Humber Bay Express

 

For TTC route information visit ttc.ca

3. Streetcar Track Reconstruction and Intersection Improvements at College and Lansdowne Ave

(Construction Notice Attached)

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 and 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/cyclists who choose to dismount will be detoured around the work area on sidewalks or walkways.

·         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.

 TTC Service

The following routes will be diverted

·         506/306 Carlton

·         47 Lansdowne

Visit ttc.ca for further service details.

Information

Please circulate this notice widely to any interested parties.

For more information about Toronto Construction projects:

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=37ceabbf06721410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

College Street Projects

www.toronto.ca/collegest

 Downtown Construction Projects:

www.toronto.ca/downtownconstructionprojects

 TTC Service Diversions information:

http://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Route_diversions/index.jsp

 To be added to the construction updates email list:

Please email: pmartin1@toronto.ca

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