Construction Projects

College Street Construction

(Havelock Street to Shaw Street)

Background

The City of Toronto will be re-starting the streetscaping improvements on College Street between Shaw Street and Havelock Street. This year the City has retained CRCE Construction Limited to complete the streetscape improvements. Work will start in June 2017.

2017 College Street Construction Project Updates and General Information

ExpandUPDATES & NOTICES College Promenade BIA Streetscape Improvements

LOCAL UPDATE August 18, 2017

College Promenade BIA Streetscaping Project Update – Week of August 18, 2017

Work Update:

Stage 1 between Rusholme and Dovercourt:

· Removal of old sidewalk: 100% complete

· Concrete poured: 98% complete. 100% of the concrete pad for the TTC shelter was poured.

· Pavers installed: 100%

· Misc. work (Electrical, tree pit, gutter brick, landscaping)  85%

Stage 1 work is essentially 100% complete of the tree grates and metal tree guards. These items have been produced and were delivered to the contractor this past week, the contractor will install them between August 23 and 30.

Parking on both sides of College Street between Rusholme and nearly Ossington has been restored.  

Stage 2 between Dovercourt and Ossington:

· Removal of old sidewalk: 100% complete

· Concrete poured: 100%

· Pavers installed: 100%

· Misc. work (Electrical, tree pit, gutter brick, landscaping) - 89%

 

Stage 3 between Ossington and Shaw:

· Removal of old sidewalk: 80% complete

· Concrete poured:52%

· Pavers installed: 30%

· Misc. work (Electrical, tree pit, gutter brick, landscaping) – 50%

 

For Your information: the work directly in front of the YMC was delayed due to some unforeseen issues. These concerns have been resolved now and work will be completed when the contractor completes the parkette work at Dovercourt.

Schedule

The contractor continues to work aggressively to ensure the project will meet its scheduled deadline of October 13, 2017, with stage 1 and 2 work complete. Stage 3 work on the south side of College Street will be completed by early September we anticipate starting work on the north side September 9.

 For the remaining weeks, work on the south side of College Street, the contractor will be working on Saturdays resuming August 12. This authorization has been granted by the City in consultation with the BIA and the local Councillors.

Saturday work hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The contractor has agreed to not do any heavy breaking or machinery moving between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.; however, at 9:00 a.m. louder operations may occur on Saturdays. With the wetter weather we have been having this summer, working on Saturdays enables the contractor to stay on schedule.

From Monday to Friday the contractor is currently working 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and extending hours when needed.

Staging Update

Phase 2, North Side work, will be divided into 3 stages and will start at Shaw and move West. A special north side update will be delivered by August 25.

What is Rolling Staging?

Rolling staging means the contractor will move east  about 60 m and as they do this they will also remove about 60 m off the west end of the project work zone as well.

The City has consulted with the BIA on this plan, and completing this work in a detailed, scheduled manner is the utmost priority. In continually moving the operation, the Contractor ensures the necessary labour force is kept on site as long as possible, enabling them to complete work more efficiently.

For work on the south side, the Contractor will limit the work zone size to approximately 200 m. The necessary traffic operation staging will be on College Street to the east and west. This ensures traffic moves safely into the one lane of traffic that is moving through the work zone.

Rolling staging enables the City to maintain as much parking on either side of the work zone as possible. We recognize this is important to the BIA members and residents.

Please Note:Because the contractor is adhering to much smaller staging on College Street, the contractor will be using nearby side streets for material delivery. This can cause some disruption on the side-street. However, with the rolling staging and the level of completion expected before any work starts on the North Side, the inconveniences will be limited.

Important Notes

Garbage

Please be reminded that garbage cans, green bins and recycling bins should be labelled with your Address Number. Any bags without bins must be tagged. The contractor will move the garbage bins every Thursday from the work zone to one of the closest streets for pick up by the City on Thursday nights. Bins will be returned Friday morning. The proper label will ensure that you get the appropriate bins returned.

Parking

Rolling staging enables the City to maintain as much parking on either side of the work zone as possible, as we recognize this is important to the BIA members and residents. 

 


Notices & Updates

Pre Construction Notice
Construction Notice
Construction Update #2 
Construction Update #3 
Construction Update #4
Construction Update #5 
Construction Update #6

BIA Meeting Notice 

 

For Distribution:

College Promenade BIA Streetscaping Project Update – Week of August 18, 2017

This is the fifth of a series of email updates that is being distributed to email subscribers during the construction project between Havelock Street and Shaw Street.  We will be issuing a special update the week by August 25 to provide more detailed information about the project when it moves to the north side of College Street in September.  

Work Update:

Stage 1 between Rusholme and Dovercourt:

· Removal of old sidewalk: 100% complete

· Concrete poured: 98% complete. 100% of the concrete pad for the TTC shelter was poured.

· Pavers installed: 100%

· Misc. work (Electrical, tree pit, gutter brick, landscaping)  85%

Stage 1 work is essentially 100% complete, the contractor is waiting for the delivery of the tree grates and metal tree guards. These items have been produced and were delivered to the Contractor this past week, the contractor will install them between August 23 and 30.

Parking on both sides of College Street between Rusholme and nearly Ossington.  

Stage 2 between Dovercourt and Ossington:

· Removal of old sidewalk: 100% complete

· Concrete poured: 100%

· Pavers installed: 100%

· Misc. work (Electrical, tree pit, gutter brick, landscaping) - 89%

 

Stage 3 between Ossington and Shaw:

· Removal of old sidewalk: 80% complete

· Concrete poured:52%

· Pavers installed: 30%

· Misc. work (Electrical, tree pit, gutter brick, landscaping) – 50%

 

For Your information: the work directly in front of the YMC was delayed due to some unforeseen issues. These concerns have been resolved now and work will be completed when the contractor completes the parkette work at Dovercourt.

Schedule

 

The contractor continues to work aggressively to ensure the project will meet its scheduled deadline of October 13, 2017, with stage 1 and 2 work complete. Stage 3 work on the south side of College Street will be completed by early September we anticipate starting work on the north side September 9.

 

For the remaining weeks, work on the south side of College Street, the contractor will be working on Saturdays resuming August 12. This authorization has been granted by the City in consultation with the BIA and the local Councillors.

Saturday work hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The contractor has agreed to not do any heavy breaking or machinery moving between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.; however, at 9:00 a.m. louder operations may occur on Saturdays. With the wetter weather we have been having this summer, working on Saturdays enables the contractor to stay on schedule.

From Monday to Friday the contractor is currently working 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and extending hours when needed.

Staging Update

Phase 2, North Side work, will be divided into 3 stages and will start at Shaw and move West. A special north side update will be delivered by August 25.

What is Rolling Staging?

Rolling staging means the contractor will move east  about 60 m and as they do this they will also remove about 60 m off the west end of the project work zone as well.

The City has consulted with the BIA on this plan, and completing this work in a detailed, scheduled manner is the utmost priority. In continually moving the operation, the Contractor ensures the necessary labour force is kept on site as long as possible, enabling them to complete work more efficiently.

For work on the south side, the Contractor will limit the work zone size to approximately 200 m. The necessary traffic operation staging will be on College Street to the east and west. This ensures traffic moves safely into the one lane of traffic that is moving through the work zone.

 

Rolling staging enables the City to maintain as much parking on either side of the work zone as possible. We recognize this is important to the BIA members and residents.

Please Note:Because the contractor is adhering to much smaller staging on College Street, the contractor will be using nearby side streets for material delivery. This can cause some disruption on the side-street. However, with the rolling staging and the level of completion expected before any work starts on the North Side, the inconveniences will be limited.

 

Important Notes

 

Garbage

Please be reminded that garbage cans, green bins and recycling bins should be labelled with your Address Number. Any bags without bins must be tagged. The contractor will move the garbage bins every Thursday from the work zone to one of the closest streets for pick up by the City on Thursday nights. Bins will be returned Friday morning. The proper label will ensure that you get the appropriate bins returned.

Parking

 

Rolling staging enables the City to maintain as much parking on either side of the work zone as possible, as we recognize this is important to the BIA members and residents.

The details of this email will also be posted online at www.toronto.ca/collegest

 

ExpandPublic Meeting Information Feb 28th

PUBLIC MEETING 

In October 2016, the City terminated its contract with the contractor delivering streetscaping work on College Street between Havelock Street and Shaw Street. On Tuesday, Feb 28th residents met with City staff and your local City Councillors to get an update on the remaining work and the next steps for this contract.

Meeting Presentation

Below is the presentation that was presented by City Staff at the meeting. 


2017 Frequently Asked Questions

ExpandHow will the work be staged in 2017?

In 2017, work is being staged in sections delivered in 4 stages. The table below, depicts where and when the work is taking place. If the schedule changes, updates will be provided. As much as possible, machinery and materials are being stored within the area where work is taking place. 

Stage

Dates / Location

Work

 

1

South side of College Street

 

 

June 19 to July 16
(Rushholme to Dovercourt))

 

 

*dates are subject to change and are accurate as of distribution date

 

Crews will:

  • Set up the fencing and work zone for each section
  • Remove the old sidewalk
  • Install electrical conduits
  • Install new pavers
  • Remove old tree guards
  • Install new tree guards
  • Restore areas affected by construction
  • Construct parkettes

 

2
South side of College Street

 

July 17 to August 13

(Dovercourt to Ossington)

3

South side of College Street

August 14 – September 8
(Ossington to Shaw)

4

North side of College Street

September 9 – October 13
(Havelock to Shaw )

Crews will:

  • Address and rectify all the deficiencies from 2016 work on the north side of the road including buried water services, removing asphalt and installing pavers
  • Installing tree guards and elements to tree pits
  • Installing the new parkettes at Dovercourt Rd., Ossignton Ave, and Roxton Rd.
  • Restore areas affected by construction

 

ExpandHow will access to business be maintained?

Access to businesses is being maintained at all times during construction. Except for short durations of a few hours, when concrete is being poured and unit pavers are being installed.

 

The work on the south side of College St. will involve removing the sidewalk in half-widths. Then reconstructing the unit paver base in half widths. This will ensure that access is always maintained. There will be instances where this option is not workable. City Staff and the Contractor will work with those specific businesses to determine a suitable time for this work. The sidewalk is being constructed beside business / apartment doorways occasionally. Wooden ramps are being provided for access where necessary. 

ExpandHow will fencing be placed around the work areas?

As described above, construction will proceed from west to east. Underground electrical work is being followed by sidewalk reconstruction on each block. There will be access along the sidewalk at all times, except when placing unit pavers. During this time, pedestrians can use the closed lane on College Street.

ExpandWhat accommodations are being made for cyclists?

Within the work zone, cyclists will be accommodated within narrower curb lanes than existing. Cyclists are expected to ride in single file with cars and motorists are expected to yield cyclists. Proper signage within the work zone will be placed to reinforce the above. Bike posts are being removed as construction moves and are being replaced with the work.

ExpandWhat parking arrangements are being made?

Work on the south side is being staged in smaller sections, north side parking is being maintained. To ensure there is enough room on the street for two lanes of traffic, there will be no parking on to the north side of active work zones. When work moves to the north side, we will work to ensure that south side parking is re-instated.

 

The City is working to see if alternate arrangements for nearby lots can be accessed during construction also. These details will be communicated when confirmed. Visitors, business owners and residents are being expected to abide by all parking regulations. Parking in non-designated areas is done at your own risk, the City will not reimburse individuals for tickets issued during construction. 

ExpandHow, when and where will garbage be collected?

Businesses / residents will put out garbage according to the regular schedule using regular containers or tags. When work is taking place within a specific block, the Contractor will move affected bins to an area where Solid Waste can pick up the containers and labelled bags.

 

Affected residents and businesses will get garbage pick-up notices before work starts on their block. Residents and businesses are responsible for labeling their bins with the appropriate addresses.

ExpandWho are the Staff Contacts during this project?

Members of the public, and residents above businesses on College Street with questions about this project can visit the City's website: www.toronto.ca/collegest to sign up for regular email updates and read about the project, or they can contact: 

Paul Martin

Senior Public Consultation Coordinator

Public Consultation Unit

(416) 392-6681 paul.martin@toronto.ca

The on-site inspector can deal with construction-related concerns. Concerns such as fencing locations, site cleanliness, noise, garbage pickup and other issues that may come up during construction. The inspector will work with the contractor to address concerns or with the Project Engineer to follow up with the contractor.

 

All matters must be brought to the inspector for proper documentation in their daily log and management and will work with the contractor – please do not raise concerns directly with the contractor or crews on site. 

ExpandHow do I report emergencies?

Report criminal concerns, health emergencies or fires by calling 911.

 

Report construction-related emergencies immediately to the Construction Inspector onsite by calling 311. Also call 311 for water or other road-related emergencies. 311 can dispatch the appropriate staff for follow up.  

ExpandWhat street furniture will be removed and when it will be restored?

 On the south side of College Street from Rusholme to Shaw Street, the City has arranged for the removal of all City-owned:

  • benches,
  • garbage containers,
  • TTC bus shelters.

 

Items will be removed on the north side as necessary.  All street furniture will be re-instated once the project is completed. The timing for the reinstallation of street furniture varies. We are working with Transportation Services to get an installation time frame.

ExpandWhat happens when the contractor finds the unexpected underground?

If anything unexpected is found underground, the Contractor will not proceed with work in the nearby area. The found item / or element would be inspected and nearby soil tested for contaminants. At all times, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) regulations need to be followed in this situation. 

 

ExpandHow should businesses plan deliveries?

Businesses will continue to receive store deliveries. Delivery vehicles are not to stop within the areas where work is occurring though. The City will work to provide a work delivery plan and schedule. This is so affected businesses can adjust their delivery schedule when work is in front of their location. During those times, deliveries should occur before or after construction hours before 7:00 A.M or after 11:00 P.M. When deliveries are being scheduled, the business owner should contact the inspector to finalize the arrangements when work is taking place within your address.

ExpandWhat is meant by "Contractor", in this FAQ?

The Construction project is overseen by City staff from Engineering & Construction Services. Most projects are delivered by companies under contract to the City of Toronto. This is why information refers to the contractor as they are the team leading the work on the street.

There are also larger projects, or bundles of work, that are managed by consultants for the City of Toronto.

All work delivered by either consultants or contractors is overseen by City staff. City staff evaluate contractors by using the Contractor Performance Evaluation (CPE) Form. This is to ensure contractors deliver work according to the contract, on-time, and on-budget.

Once work is complete, it enters a warranty period of approximately 1-2 years. City staff will inspect the site and any major or minor issues are addressed by the contractor at no additional cost to the City within the warranty period.

ExpandWhy has the project included pavers for the sidewalk instead of concrete?

The pavers was a recommendation of the College Promenade BIA Urban Design Strategy. The pavers match city standards in terms or size, shape, texture. The only unique feature, is its colour.

 

The report also recommended improvements to some key corners in the neighbourhood. Award-winning, landscape architectural firm PMA designed the small parkettes along College Street. The BIA Board approved the locations and designs proposed by PMA. The project has been supported by:

  • the various City departments
  • Councillor Ana Bailao
  • Councillor Mike Layton

Each of these new parkettes will have:

  • public art
  • plantings or trees
  • high-quality pavers
  • seating areas
  • elements of colour and wood

The parkettes will complement one another, to visually unify the College Promenade BIA.

ExpandWhen will tree grills be installed?

Tree grills will be installed as work progresses. We will work with the contractor to get an expected delivery and installation date for the grills when the project is underway. 

ExpandWhere the tree are pits going?

A series of maps is provided below:

  • Green Circles = New Trees
  • Brown circles = Existing Trees
  • Blue blocks = Blue Rooms
  • Red lines = New Benches

Havelock to Rusholme

Rusholme to Dovercourt

Dovercourt to Delaware 

Delaware to Concord

Concord to Ossington

Ossington to Roxton

Roxton to Shaw 

Additional Project Information