Improvements to Queen Street West - Work Commencing June 19

 

 

Work is beginning this coming Monday, June 19, on the exciting new improvements coming to Queen Street, between Bathurst to Spadina. From Bathurst to Spadina, we will see new trees and tree guards, street furniture and re-paved sidewalks with heritage markers denoting some of the historically significant structures in the area. Perhaps the most exciting feature of these streetscape plans is the creation of two new parkettes at the northeast and northwest corners of Ryerson Ave and Denison Ave. Not only are these going to be beautiful spaces to rest and enjoy a snack, but they will be outfitted to serve as the city's first free public WiFi Hotspots.

As part of this work, Queen Street West, from Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue, will be reduced to one lane in each direction from June 19 to early September for the reconstruction of sidewalks and streetscaping. Work will begin on the North side and move eastward to Spadina. Once work on the North side is complete, work on the South side of the street from Spadina to Bathurst will commence. Work on Queen Street itself will be completed prior to the beginning of the Toronto International Film Festival in September however some streetscaping improvements will continue until November. 

For years, my office has been working with the Queen West BIA to refine plans for a full scale streetscape revitalization. I have also been working closely with the Garment District Neighbourhood Association, the Queen West BIA, the Laneway Project and a group of engaged neighbours to help realize the potential of our laneway and alley networks. The first step in this is to ensure that these important places have names. Together, we are proud to announce the launch of a new web portal where community members can submit names that reflect the creative, resilient, and diverse culture of the Queen West neighbourhood.

While we are starting with naming two laneways and the two new parkettes, there are many more places that need to be named, and we encourage everyone to submit names early and often! We are enlisting a panel of local experts to help sift through this first round of proposed names, but this will only be the beginning -- stay tuned for more updates regarding future events and workshops. For more information, check out the website here.

Work on the project will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, with some work occurring after regular business hours and on weekends to shorten the duration of the project and help minimize disruption to the public.

Pedestrian access, as well as access to businesses and residences, will be maintained at all times. Cyclists are advised to adjust their routes and use Adelaide Street or Richmond Street to avoid this work zone.

To accommodate this project, the 501/301 Queen streetcars have been removed and bus service is now operating along Queen Street. Streetcars will resume normal service along this portion of Queen Street in the fall. For TTC route diversion details, visit http://www.ttc.ca.

The City has a web-based map to help residents and visitors make their travel plans, available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions. Information about the City's planned capital construction work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/inview.