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Queen’s Quay is the main waterfront street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Waterfront Toronto is leading the transformation and revitalization of Queen’s Quay, which “integrates improvements to the public realm with much needed infrastructure and utility upgrades.”

  • 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
    • The revitalization of Queen’s Quay is budgeted at approximately $110 million
  • Construction along the 1.5 kilometre stretch of Queen’s Quay from just west of Lower Spadina Ave. to Bay St. will completely rebuild and revitalize the area both above and below ground
  • To become a world-class boulevard with the following features:
    • 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

    Waterfront Toronto's Conceptualization: South Side Pedestrian Promenade

    Waterfront Toronto’s Conceptualization: South Side Pedestrian Promenade

Construction will unfold in three distinct stages:

  • During stage one, crews will:
    • upgrade all major utilities including Bell, Hydro and Enbridge
    • build new storm and sanitary sewers
    • demolish, realign and rebuild the TTC right-of-way:
      • new tracks will be installed
Waterfront Toronto's Conceptualization: North Side Sidewalk

Waterfront Toronto’s Conceptualization: North Side Sidewalk

  • Stage two work:
    • 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
Waterfront Toronto's Conceptualization: Martin Goodman Trail

Waterfront Toronto’s Conceptualization: Martin Goodman Trail

  • By early 2014, stage three construction will:
    • move to the south side
    • build the granite pedestrian promenade and new Martin Goodman Trail
    • consist of major works that are expected to be complete by the end of 2014

The transformation of Queen’s Quay is expected to be completed in early 2015:

  • Final tree planting on the south side will occur during the spring of 2015

For more images and info regarding the revitalization of  Queen’s Quay, Toronto’s main waterfront street, please click here.

During construction, please note that access will be maintained to all businesses and residences at all times while changes in both street traffic and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) service will occur as follows:

  • Eastbound traffic on Queen’s Quay  between Lower Spadina Avenue to Bay Street  in Toronto will not be permitted from November 5, 2012 until spring 2013
    • Westbound traffic on Queen’s Quay will not be affected

    • Vehicles eastbound on Queen’s Quay will be diverted northbound to Lake Shore Boulevard at Lower Spadina Avenue

      • Regular eastbound traffic on Queen’s Quay resumes after Bay Street
    • Lake Shore Boulevard is an alternative eastbound route for motorists

  • TTC service along Queen’s Quay  will be changed as follows:
    • The 509 Harbourfront replacement bus will continue to operate westbound on Queen’s Quay to Exhibition Place

    • The 509 Harbourfront Eastbound buses will be diverted via Lake Shore Boulevard and Harbour Street

    • Here are the details of the 509 Harbourfront replacement bus route:

      • Eastbound: From Exhibition loop, buses will run east on Fleet St. and then divert south to Fort York Blvd. and east to Lake Shore Blvd./Harbour St., serving stops at:
        • Stadium Rd.
        • Bathurst St.
        • Dan Leckie Way
        • Lower Spadina Ave.
        • Simcoe St.
        • and Bay St. where buses will continue north to Union Station
          • Due to traffic operations on Lake Shore Blvd., it is not possible to have a transit stop at Rees St.
          • Passengers in that area will be required to board the bus (one block away) at either Lower Spadina Ave. or at Simcoe St.
      • Westbound: Buses from Union Station to Exhibition loop will operate regular routing serving all westbound stops on Queen’s Quay
    • Customers must have a transfer before boarding the 509 replacement bus service at Union Station, as well as to transfer to the subway at Union Station from the 509 replacement bus

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Contact Info:

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

  • 416-393-4636 (INFO)
    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily
    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays
  • TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-481-2523, Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm; except statutory holidays
  • Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000
    • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Waterfront Toronto:

Waterfront Toronto
20 Bay Street, Suite 1310
Toronto, ON M5J 2N8
Telephone: 416-214-1344

Fax: 416-214-4591

Email: info@waterfrontoronto.ca

Waterfront Toronto's Conceptualization: Queen's Quay Aerial Looking East at Simcoe WaveDeck

Waterfront Toronto’s Conceptualization: Queen’s Quay Aerial Looking East at Simcoe WaveDeck

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

November 2, 2012

Eastbound Queen’s Quay closed to traffic from Spadina to Bay

Eastbound traffic on Queen’s Quay between Lower Spadina Avenue and Bay Street in Toronto will not be permitted from November 5 until next spring. This closure will enable construction to proceed for the revitalization of Queen’s Quay. Westbound traffic on Queen’s Quay will not be affected.

Vehicles eastbound on Queen’s Quay will be diverted northbound to Lake Shore Boulevard at Lower Spadina Avenue. Regular eastbound traffic on Queen’s Quay resumes after Bay Street.

During the closure, pedestrian access to all businesses and residences in the area will be maintained.

Lake Shore Boulevard is an alternative eastbound route for motorists.

TTC service along Queen’s Quay will be changed as follows:
• 509 Harbourfront replacement buses travelling from Union Station to the Exhibition Loop will continue to operate westbound on Queen’s Quay through the construction area serving the same stops as usual.
• Eastbound service from the Exhibition loop for Queen’s Quay will be diverted on Lake Shore Boulevard at Fort York Boulevard, with stops at Stadium Road, Bathurst Street, Dan Leckie Way, Lower Spadina Avenue, Simcoe Street and Bay Street. Due to traffic operations on Lake Shore Boulevard, it is not possible to have a transit stop at Rees Street. Passengers in that area will be required to board an eastbound bus (one block away) at either Lower Spadina Avenue or Simcoe Street.

Construction work on the 1.7-kilometre section of Queen’s Quay from just west of Lower Spadina Avenue to just east of Bay Street will rebuild and revitalize the area – above and below ground. Waterfront Toronto is leading the transformation of Queen’s Quay. The transformation is expected to be completed in early 2015.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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