TORONTO, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The transformation of Queens Quay,
Toronto's main waterfront street, into a world-class boulevard is now
underway. Construction along the 1.5 kilometre stretch from just west
of Lower Spadina Ave. to Bay St. will completely rebuild and revitalize
the area both above and below ground.
Queens Quay will become a waterfront showpiece and a must-see Toronto
destination. A generous granite pedestrian promenade and off-road
Martin Goodman Trail will create much-needed public space by the lake.
A new streetcar corridor and traffic lanes with improved turning lanes
and signal timing will keep people moving. Sidewalk and landscaping
improvements in front of storefronts will stimulate ground floor retail
activity and urban vitality.
"There will never be a better time to build this spectacular new
waterfront destination," said John Campbell, President and CEO,
Waterfront Toronto, "the TTC tracks need to be replaced and utilities
and municipal infrastructure require major upgrades - it's a win for
the locals, the City and the millions of visitors who will be drawn to
this special place."
This important revitalization project is about much more than rebuilding
the surface of the roadway. Waterfront Toronto is leading a coordinated
construction effort that integrates improvements to the public realm
with much needed infrastructure and utility upgrades. Coordinating
these activities will ensure that the project is streamlined and cost
effective. It will also avoid the need for more construction on Queens
Quay in the near future. Every effort has been made to ensure the
waterfront remains open and accessible for residents and businesses
When complete, Queens Quay will be both a beautiful and functional
waterfront street. This work by West 8 + DTAH, is the product of a 2006
international design competition, extensive public input and a
comprehensive environmental assessment.
Construction will unfold in three distinct stages and will be managed
for Waterfront Toronto by Eastern Construction. During stage one, crews
will upgrade all major utilities including Bell, Hydro and Enbridge and
build new storm and sanitary sewers. The TTC right-of-way will be
demolished, realigned and rebuilt and new tracks will be installed.
Stage two work, which begins in the summer of 2013, will build the new
roadway and granite curbs and sidewalks on the north side including
tree planting and finishes. By early 2014, stage three construction
will move to the south side where the granite pedestrian promenade and
new Martin Goodman Trail will be built.
Major works are expected to be complete by the end of 2014. Final tree
planting on the south side will occur during the spring of 2015.
Waterfront Toronto has worked closely with area stakeholders including
The Waterfront BIA and local residents for almost two years to plan for
construction. A Working Group and Construction Liaison Committee, which
includes representatives from local businesses and all Queens Quay
condos, have met regularly to provide input on detailed design and
"While construction is never easy, this is an incredible opportunity for
our waterfront," said Carol Jolly, Executive Director of The Waterfront
BIA. "We've worked closely with Waterfront Toronto to ensure that the
waterfront remains open for business - with access to all storefronts
at all times and all waterfront festivals and events continuing as
During construction, there will be changes in how the street operates
but access will be maintained to all businesses and residences at all
times. Construction impacts such as noise, temporary one-way traffic
alternating between the north and south sides of the street, and bus
service while the TTC infrastructure is rebuilt will be communicated
Waterfront Toronto's website www.waterfrontoronto.ca will be the main hub for construction related information. Weekly
construction notices including traffic impacts, detailed construction
information and a construction webcam will keep members of the public
informed and up-to-date. Two-way communication with neighbours and
businesses will also continue throughout construction.
The revitalization of Queens Quay is budgeted at approximately $110
million. The budget includes design, TTC track realignment and
restoration, hydro work, storm and sanitary upgrades, roadway, public
realm improvements and other project related costs.
Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto initiated the Queens Quay
Revitalization Environmental Assessment (EA) in 2007. The EA included
public consultation, data collection and the identification and
analysis of planning solutions and design concepts. In April 2010,
Ontario's Ministry of the Environment concluded the EA process which
cleared the way for the project to proceed.
The Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto created
Waterfront Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto's
waterfront. Public accessibility, design excellence, sustainable
development, economic development and fiscal sustainability are the key
drivers of waterfront revitalization.
SOURCE Waterfront Toronto
For further information:
Samantha Gileno, Waterfront Toronto 416.214.1344 x264 or 416.271.1316