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Queens Quay, which runs east-west parallel to the lakefront, is the waterfront’s main street. It spans more than 3 kilometres from Bathurst Street in the central waterfront to Parliament Street in East Bayfront, the new waterfront neighbourhood currently being developed by Waterfront Toronto. In the central waterfront, construction is now underway to transform Queens Quay into one of the world’s most beautiful waterfront boulevards.
The plans for Queens Quay, which were developed after an international design competition and extensive environmental assessment process, will ensure the area becomes a waterfront destination and not just the uninviting traffic corridor it is today. When complete, Queens Quay will feature two lanes of east-west traffic on the north side of the street with a dedicated Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in the middle.
On the south side, a generous granite pedestrian promenade defined by a double row of trees will run alongside the Martin Goodman Trail, a multi-use recreational trail.
Businesses and condominiums on the north side of the street will front onto widened sidewalks with granite sidewalks and a row of mature trees. Queens Quay will provide the kind of atmosphere conducive to economic vitality, ground floor retail activity and urban vibrancy. It will become an iconic street that is as beautiful as it is functional.
This new world-class street will link major destinations along the water’s edge, create pedestrian and cycling-friendly promenades and encourage an economically vibrant area that serves as a destination for locals and visitors alike.
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