New Lower Simcoe Ramp Project
Over the upcoming construction season, the City of Toronto will be demolishing the old York-Bay-Yonge off ramp from the Gardiner Expressway to make way for an urbanized Harbour Street with sidewalks and a multi-use path, a new public park at York Street, and a new shorter off ramp ending at Lower Simcoe Street. The old ramp is nearing the end of its life and would need to be rebuilt anyway, so this is an ideal time to improve the street network and expand the public realm. When work is finished, the streets in this area will be safer and more convenient for everyone.
This is the second and final phase of the Lower Simcoe Ramp project. Last summer, the foundations for the new ramp were constructed underneath the old ramp, reducing the duration or work required this year.
The York-Bay-Yonge off ramp will be closed for demolition on April 17. Work will take place during the day as much as possible, between 7 am and 7 pm, to minimize negative effects on neighbours. Some weekend and overnight work will be required at times, including to safely demolish the old ramp where it bridges over Lower Simcoe Street and York Street, but advance notice will be provided to neighbours before these dates. For thousands of residents, this work will be taking place in their back yard, so I will be actively working to ensure that unnecessary noisy activities do not take place outside the planned daytime hours of work. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any concerns or complaints during construction.
A Construction Liaison Committee is being established for area residents and other stakeholders, with representation from each building directly affected by construction. If you live in a condo building in the area, your Board of Directors or property management has received an invitation to send a representative to these meetings on behalf of your building.
Residents in neighbourhoods east and west of this area will see changes to the traffic flows from the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard when the old ramp is closed in April as drivers seek new routes into downtown from the west. Signage will be posted in advance so drivers can make alternative arrangements. A gate will be opened at the Spadina Avenue off ramp to permit drivers to access Lake Shore Boulevard eastbound at this point, which is not normally possible. Transportation Services staff will be monitoring traffic impacts closely and adjustments will be made to traffic signal timings as needed.