February 21, 2019 Update from Councillor Gord Perks regarding the latest update on King- Queensway-Queen-Roncesvalles Project from Chief Engineer, Michael D’Andrea. Please find his email below:
As you know, in early February, the City issued the tender for the planned project at the intersection at King / The Queensway / Queen / Roncesvalles. This project included: sewer and watermain replacement, replacing the entire TTC overhead and track infrastructure within the intersection and west along The Queensway, Streetscaping, road and intersection works along the Queensway, rehabilitating the bridge over Parkside Drive, removing the right-turn channel at Queensway and King Street and overall intersection / road improvements within the area. Based on feedback received to date from contractors considering the tender, there are areas of construction and design that require additional review and clarity to ensure the construction delivery schedule and budget can be upheld and delivered according to plan.
As a result, the City of Toronto is rescheduling the delivery of this project to 2020.
Efforts are underway between several City Divisions and TTC to firm up the design, schedule, and tender and reporting to the Infrastructure & Environment Committee. We expect to provide additional information to all stakeholders involved (Parkdale BIA / Roncesvalles BIA / St. Joseph’s Health Centre) in April – with more details to follow for the residents in the area at a later date.
We understand that the wait and anticipation for this construction has been a long time coming; however, the City and TTC wanted to ensure that the planned construction will be delivered according to the plan, schedule and budget that works to mitigate traffic and TTC service impacts as much as possible. We look forward to meeting with you and stakeholders soon, to further discuss these measures.
I will continue to provide you with information and updates as they are received.
Thank you for your patience while city staff do the necessary background work to ensure the intersection work is done on time and within budget.
Regards, Councillor Gord Perks
Ward 4, Parkdale High-Park
Published Feb 9, 2019
The TTC will be reconstructing the intersection at King / Queen / Roncesvalles / Queensway (KQRQ) in 2019. The construction will take place in three phases as outlined below. This is a joint project by the TTC, Toronto’s Transportation Services and Water Division.
Overall Scope of work – Starting in April 2019;
- As part of the state of good repair work, the aging sewer and track around the intersection needs to be replaced
- Relocating the eastbound centre platform streetcar stop to the far side of the intersection
- Realigning the King Street West leg to create a better intersection angle and increase green space
- Modifying / constructing street car platforms at Glendale Avenue
- Continue the bump-out treatment on Roncesvalles at this intersection
As part of the Sunnyside Community Association area traffic study that was completed in 2008, the city will also be;
- Modifying the signal at Glendale Avenue and Queensway
- Adding dedicated eastbound – left – turn lanes at Sunnyside Avenue, Glendale Avenue, and The Queensway
- Signalizing intersection at Sunnyside and The Queensway
- Modifying the streetcar track vertical alignment (slope at Claude Avenue that will visually and physically enhance the existing right-in / right-out at Claude Avenue)
Time Line This work will take place in three main stages;
- Stage 1: Roncesvalles (from Harvard to The Queensway / Queen Street West
- March 31st, 2019 to August 4, 2019
- Stage 2: Queen Street West and The Queensway (Sunnyside to Triller)
- August 4, 2019 to Winter 2020
- Stage 3: The Queensway (Parkside to Sunnyside)
- April 2019 to October 2019
- Roncesvalles will be closed to “Thru-Traffic” March 31 to August 4 2019
- Grafton Ave Closed (Traffic must circulate using Laneway to Harvard Avenue)
- Access to Queen Street Laneway Closed
- 1 Lane to remain open on Harvard Avenue at all times
- Bump-out retrofit to coincided during this time
- South Side of the Queensway (Parkside Bridge to Sunnyside) April 10 to August 4 2019
- Access to Toronto Pump Station required at all times
- Southside Parkside Bridge to coincide during this stage
- Cross Over required at Colborne Lodge
- Full King – Queen – The Queensway – Roncesvalles intersection closure August 4 to October 7 2019
- Queensway to be local access only to Glendale
- Intersection opens October 8 (All legs of the intersection open, reduced lanes East and West)
- The Parkdale BIA and the Roncesvalles BIA is working with individual businesses to help support them throughout this process, if you have any questions please contact your respective BIA office.
More details on each phase of construction will be provided as we approach the specific dates. There will also be a link for this project on the Councillors website and the City’s website. As with all construction related projects timelines may be slightly altered.
This project will improve public transportation and realm, pedestrian environment, and traffic circulation in this area.
If you have any questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact Councillor Gord Perks’ Office Ward 4 Parkdale – High Park.
100 Queen Street West, Suite A14 Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 (t) 416-392-7919 (f) 416-392-0398 www.gordperks.ca twitter: @gordperks Facebook: @GordPerks