Gardiner Expressway Lower Simcoe Ramp Removal

Updates

ExpandOctober 30th to Nov 2nd Road Closure Lower Simcoe St between Harbour St and Queens Quay

UPDATE  NOVEMBER 2, 2017

The road work on Lower Simcoe from Harbour Street to Queens Quay has been completed and the road has been reopened

UPDATE  OCTOBER 23, 2017

Construction activity for the new Lower Simcoe ramp and addition of a fourth lane on Harbour Street continues. From Monday October 30 at 7:00 A.M. to Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 P.M.  Lower Simcoe Street will be closed to through traffic south of Harbour Street to Queen's Quay. 

Traffic on Harbour Street will not be affected through the intersection but will only be able to travel east on Harbour Street or north on Lower Simcoe Street. Southbound traffic along Lower Simcoe Street will be diverted at Lake Shore Blvd West/Harbour Street to go east on Harbour Street or west on Lake Shore Blvd West. Northbound traffic from Queen's Quay will need to take alternate routes on York Street or Rees Street. 


WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

 Traffic Management:  Access along Lower Simcoe will be affected as follows:

  • No through North or Southbound traffic on Lower Simcoe between Lake Shore Blvd West and Queens Quay West.
  • Southbound traffic along Lower Simcoe will be diverted at Lake Shore Blvd West/Harbour Street to go east on Harbour Street or west on Lake Shore Blvd West.
  • No right turns from Harbour Street to Lower Simcoe.
  • North access from Queen's Quay should be made at York Street or Rees Street.
  • The eastbound Rees Street on-ramp will be open at all times.
  • Westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard West will remain open.  

  

Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents.

Road users should    expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets.

Work Hours:  Work will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m

Be advised, that work will involve loud noise, such as concrete saw cutting, concrete grinding and concrete removal (e.g. tools and machinery), placing concrete into trucks (banging) and beeping trucks backing-up. This noise will not be as disruptive as the ramp demolition work that was delivered this past spring. 

There will be periods when very little activity is taking place due to freshly poured concrete curing in the roadway.

 

Pedestrian Access: Pedestrian movement will be maintained but will be restricted to one side. Signage will be placed ahead of the intersection to notify pedestrians to use adjacent streets to move east and west.

 

Alternate Cycle Routes:  The cycle tracks on Lower Simcoe Street will be closed through the Harbour Street intersection.  Signage will be posted ahead of the closure to alert cyclists to use alternate routes on Rees Street or York Street. Cyclist will be required to dismount through pedestrian areas around the work zone.  The Lake Shore Boulevard West multi-use trail remains closed from Rees Street to York Street for the duration of construction.  Signs for cyclists will be posted directing them to the Martin Goodman Trail on Queens Quay West. Rees St or York St.

 

Road, Sidewalk and Driveway Access:  In order to complete the work in a safe manner, there will be road and sidewalk restrictions within the construction area.

*Local traffic access from Queens Quay will be maintained into driveways along Lower Simcoe Street. 

Driveway and Laneway Access:  Laneways that serve businesses and residences in the area will remain accessible for access, deliveries and service.

 

MAP OF ROAD CLOSURE

ExpandOctober 6th-10th Intersection Closure Harbour St.and Bay St

INTERSECTION CLOSURE @ Harbour St & Bay St 
ROAD CLOSURE on Harbour Street (York St to Bay St)
Gardiner Expressway Ramp Reconstruction

Street Closes: 9:00 P.M. Friday, October 6, 2017
Street Opens: 5:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Construction activity continues along Harbour Street as we work to rebuild the roadway from three to four lanes. Starting on Friday, October 6 at 9:00 P.M. the intersection at Bay Street will be closed for reconstruction until Tuesday, October 10 at 5:00 A.M. Traffic along Harbour Street will be diverted at York Street to go north and southbound

PLEASE NOTE: 
On Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 P.M. to 12:01 A.M. one lane on Harbour Street will be temporarily opened to allow vehicle traffic to access the Bay Street on-ramp to the eastbound Gardiner Expressway. This is will help move the large volumes of vehicles expected after the Toronto Maple Leafs home opener.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

Traffic Management:  

Access along Harbour Street will be affected as follows:

  • Full closure of the intersection at Bay Street and Harbour Street with no through-traffic.
  • Eastbound traffic will be diverted at York Street to go north or south bound, and then eastbound on Front or Queens Quay, respectively.
  • The eastbound Rees Street on-ramp will be open at all times.
  • Westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard West will remain open.  
  • Through eastbound traffic to downtown is encouraged to take Gardiner Expressway to Jarvis Street and enter downtown from Jarvis during this closure.

Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets.

Overnight Work Hours:

Work will take place 24-hours a day for the entire weekend.  The contractor will use extended work hours to minimize traffic disruption and congestion.
Be advised, that overnight work will involve loud noise, such as concrete saw cutting, concrete grinding and concrete removal (e.g. tools and machinery), placing concrete into trucks (banging) and beeping trucks backing-up.  This type of work can be expected the first half of the weekend.  This noise will not be as disruptive as the ramp demolition work that was delivered this past spring. 

There will be periods when very little activity is taking place due to freshly poured concrete curing in the roadway. 

TTC Service:
This closure will affect the 6 Bay route.
visit ttc.ca for detour information and see pole cards on affected stops.

Pedestrian Access:
Due to the nature of the work and for safety reasons, pedestrians will not be able to use the sidewalks within the construction area. Signage will be placed ahead of the intersection to notify pedestrians to use adjacent streets to move north and south.

Alternate Cycle Routes: 
The cycle tracks on Bay Street will be closed through the intersection.  Signage will be posted ahead of the closure to alert cyclists to use alternate routes on Lower Simcoe and Queens Quay. The Lake Shore Boulevard West multi-use trail remains closed from Rees Street to York Street for the duration of construction.  Signs for cyclists will be posted directing them to the Martin Goodman Trail on Queens Quay West.

Road, Sidewalk and Driveway Access: 
In order to complete the work in a safe manner, there will be road and sidewalk restrictions within the construction area. 

Driveway and Laneway Access: 
Laneways that serve businesses and residences in the area will remain accessible for access, deliveries and service. 

Accommodation: 
Residents that require accommodation must contact the Project Information Line to arrange for access during construction.

MAP OF ROAD RESTRICTIONS

ExpandSeptember 1, 2017: Labour Day Weekend Closure - Concrete Curing Update

There will be periods when very little activity is taking place due to freshly poured concrete curing in the roadway (as messaged on our Construction Update #4, issued August 22,2017). From  Sunday, September 3rd at 4:00 a.m., to Monday September 4th at 4:00 a.m., the concrete road base will be curing, and cannot be driven on or used by the construction crew. The work that will be taking place during this period is saw-cutting, but this does not require a large labour force. It will seem like the site is inactive, even though it is not.

*Note: Timing is subject to change.

ExpandAug, 2017: Labour Day Weekend Intersection and Road Closures

Aug. 23/2017

The intersection at YORK STREET and HARBOUR STREET will be completely closed to traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. Due to the traffic staging for the work at York Street and on the east side of the intersection at Lower Simcoe Street, Harbour Street will also be closed between Lower Simcoe Street and York Street.

This work will take place from 9:00 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 to 5:00 a.m. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5. Work will take place throughout the entire weekend including overnight.

Construction Update #4

Traffic Management: Access to Lower Simcoe Street, Harbour Street and York Street will be affected as follows:

  • Full closure of the intersection of York Street and Harbour Street/Lake Shore Boulevardwith no through-traffic.
  • Local eastbound traffic must use Spadina Avenue, Rees Street or Lower Simcoe Street totravel north or south and then to travel further east.
  • There will be one lane open in each direction for north and southbound traffic on LowerSimcoe Street through Harbour Street.
  • The eastbound Rees Street on-ramp will be open at all times.
  • Westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard West will remain open. 
    Through eastbound traffic to downtown is encouraged to take the Gardiner to Jarvis Streetand enter downtown from that exit during this closure.

 

Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets.

Overnight Work Hours: Work will take place 24-hours a day for the entire weekend. The contractor will use extended work hours to minimize traffic disruption and congestion. Be advised, that overnight work will involve loud noise, such concrete saw cutting, concrete grinding and concrete removal (e.g. tools and machinery), placing concrete into trucks (banging) and beeping trucks backing-up. This type of work can be expected the first half of the weekend. This noise will not be as disruptive as the ramp demolition work that was delivered this past spring.

There will be periods when very little activity is taking place due to freshly poured concrete curing in the roadway.

ExpandJuly, 2017: Demolition of the York-Bay-Yonge ramp is now complete

July 2017

The demolition of the York-Bay-Yonge ramp is now complete. Work started on April 17 and has been completed ahead of schedule.  We appreciate the patience of residents and businesses in the neighbourhood during this work. 

With the old ramp now demolished, the contractor has moved forward to complete the construction of the new ramp.  Last year, 4 of the 5 piers (or bridge support structure) for the new ramp were built.  To complete the construction of the new ramp, the contractor will be adding new girders (steel beams) to form the shape of the new ramp; when those pieces have been installed, the contractor will then install rebar and fill the form with concrete and install the de-icing mechanisms and lastly add asphalt.

In order to construct the new ramp, the eastbound on-ramp at Rees Street will need to be closed intermittently, Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the next 4 weeks  to allow work to take place during the day and reduce overnight work.

Interesting Facts

-    The old ramp measured 890 metres in length, while the new ramp will be 215 metres in length

-    99% of the steel and concrete from the old ramp has been recycled


ExpandTraffic Advisory During Demolition: April to July

Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. Advanced notice about major road closures or restrictions will be communicated to stakeholders, the surrounding community and other road user groups.

  • Motorists will still have full access to downtown by exiting the eastbound Gardiner Expressway at Jameson Avenue, Spadina Avenue, Jarvis Street.
  • Motorists exiting the Gardiner Expressway at Spadina Avenue will be able to access Lake Shore Boulevard to travel eastbound. A locked gate along the ramp exit will be opened to allow motorists to move onto Lake Shore Boulevard. Bollards will be placed on Lake Shore Blvd ahead of the locked gate to provide a lane of traffic for motorists to move into. (Northbound/left turn lane at Spadina Avenue will remain open). See images below.

Green arrows indicates eastbound traffic movement from Spadina Avenue off-ramp onto Lake Shore Blvd.

  • Traffic signal times will be adjusted to reduce congestion.
  • Full access to all westbound Gardiner ramps from Lake Shore Blvd West will be maintained.
  • Orange and black advance traffic advisory signage will be placed at key locations.
  • Road closures and restrictions will be managed in coordination with local events.
  • Laneways and driveways that serve businesses will remain accessible for deliveries or service.
  • Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Construction Phasing

Construction Phasing

Phase 1: Week of July 25, 2016 to December 2016

Notices


Phase 2: April 2017 to January 2018

Notices

Construction Schedule

See construction images of Phase 1 and 2 below.