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Actually, the lights turn green on the ramp before they do for the EB Lakeshore. EB Lakeshore has a left-turning green light on at the same time, but the through light remains red while the Lower Simcoe ramp gets a head start.
Like I said, yesterday was my first time and that is a very small sample.......but there was no “head start” noticeable.
 
I wonder what the implications would be if they made the second lane on Harbour a mixed left turn lane/straight-thru lane onto York. Perhaps that would alleviate the backlog of cars turning left onto York St, and less pressure from drivers exiting the Simcoe ramp from having to change 2 lanes over.
 
Taken August 1, 2018:
Harbour Street looking west towards York Street
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North side of Harbour Street looking east
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Harbour Street looking east towards Bay Street
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Almost done!

Expected Start Date: September 12, 2018
Expected End Date: September 16, 2018 **Timeline is subject to change and heavily weather dependent.

Construction to complete the remaining road and streetscaping work on Harbour Street continues.

By September 7, 2018 the contractor will have completed:
• Installing the new multi-use trail on the south side of Harbour Street between Lower Simcoe Street and Bay Street,
• Installing permanent traffic control signal heads (lights), and permanent pavement markings,
• Installing new curb and brick gutter on the north side of Harbour Street, between York Street to Bay Street, and permanent sidewalks where required.

The grinding and removal of old asphalt and installation of top course asphalt paving and permanent road markings will be completed from 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 12 to 11 p.m. Sunday, September 16.
 
Almost done!

Someone might want to go down and take some photos. Planters on the north side of Harbour are basically built (soil's in.) They've been laying pavers for the past few days and are almost at York. There are real traffic lights up at York/Harbour again. And on and on.

It's almost done indeed
 
Someone might want to go down and take some photos. Planters on the north side of Harbour are basically built (soil's in.) They've been laying pavers for the past few days and are almost at York. There are real traffic lights up at York/Harbour again. And on and on.

It's almost done indeed
It been on my do list for the last month, since I am almost 2-3 months last visit to many places compare to a few weeks or a month. Expect to close the books on about 50 sites this year and this is one of them.

Looks a lot better with the ramps gone. Now to get rid of the Bay on ramp and the removal of the Jarvis ramps, let alone all of the east end Gardiner section.
 
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toro...ramp-harbour-front-closures-1.4817249?cmp=rss

City to close York-Bay-Yonge off-ramp, part of Harbour Street at times due to paving
Here's the City PR:

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September 10, 2018

Harbour Street and York-Bay-Yonge off-ramp will be closed intermittently overnight and on weekend to complete paving
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The Gardiner Expressway York-Bay-Yonge off-ramp and Harbour Street improvement project will be completed this week. To complete the asphalt application, Harbour Street from Lower Simcoe Street to Bay Street and the eastbound York-Bay-Yonge off-ramp will have intermittent lane and intersection closures overnight and on the weekend from Wednesday, September 12 to Sunday, September 16.

The intermittent closures include:

Wednesday, September 12 from 9 p.m. to Thursday, September 13 at 5 a.m., and Thursday, September 13 from 9 p.m. to Friday, September 14 at 5 a.m.
• Harbour Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic between Lower Simcoe Street and Bay Street.
• Lower Simcoe Street, York Street and Bay Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic through the work zone.

Friday, September 14 from 10 p.m. to Saturday, September 15 at 10 a.m.
• The intersection of Lower Simcoe Street at Harbour Street and Lake Shore Boulevard will be completely closed with no through traffic.
• Harbour Street between Lower Simcoe Street and York Street will be completely closed with no through traffic.
• The Gardiner Expressway York-Bay-Yonge off-ramp will be closed and eastbound traffic along Lake Shore Boulevard will be diverted at Rees Street northbound or southbound.
• Regular traffic operations will resume at 10 a.m. on September 15.

Sunday, September 16 from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Harbour Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic between Lower Simcoe Street and Bay Street.

While this work is in effect, motorists traveling eastbound on the Gardiner Expressway to downtown are encouraged to use the Spadina Ave. or Jarvis St. off-ramps. the Gardiner Expressway Rees St. on-ramp will remain open at all times. The Lake Shore Boulevard westbound lanes will also remain open, with the exception of the work taking place on September 14 overnight from 10 p.m. to September 15, 10 a.m.

To help manage traffic in the area, signs will be posted to ensure the safe travel of all local road users, pedestrians and cyclists. Sidewalks will remain open during this construction and cyclists should consider using the Martin Goodman Trail on Queens Quay as an alternate cycling route.

The majority of this work was planned to take place overnight to minimize traffic disruption and congestion and to ensure quality paving work. Overnight work will involve loud noise from asphalt grinding and other related activities.

This work is part of the City's comprehensive, coordinated strategy to reduce disruption to the public while rehabilitating and further improving Toronto's roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.

This year, the City will invest more than $720 million to maintain and upgrade its infrastructure, including an estimated $360 million on roads, expressways and bridges, $300 million on sewers and watermains, and $60 million on basement flooding protection.

More information about this project is available at toronto.ca/simcoe-ramp.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to use the City's web-based map, www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions, to help plan their travel and avoid road closures. More information about the City's planned capital construction work is available at www.toronto.ca/inview.
 
Update final pavement and line painting

Looking east from PATH Bridge
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Looking west from PATH Bridge

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Multi-purpose bike/walking path beside WaterPark Place/RBC

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Bay/Harbour Intersection. The sidewalks protrude into the intersection especially at the northeast corner at Bay/Harbour forcing a left turn onto Bay. The sidewalk projections are very tight causing a very mindful slow speed square, especially at the southwest corner at Bay/Harbour at the bike lane. A fast turn south across the bike lane will force you into the curb on southbound Bay.

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Here's the state of the new Harbour Street bike trail and sidewalks, gradually moving west from Bay Street yesterday evening:

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Tree trenches waiting to be planted on both the north and south sides.

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…facing west from York Street…

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…note the lit-up but mostly covered bicycle signal hanging over the intersection…

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…bike trail and sidewalk merge…

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…signage reminding people that we have mixed modes west of here…

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…jumping over to the ramp for a second, drawn by the insistent arrow…

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…at Lower Simcoe Street, fence on the other side of the intersection…

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…and finally shooting through the first fence to a second fence south of the new offramp: one more layer of asphalt required.

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Thus endeth the perambulation.

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If I were to turn around and go back east, here's a little of what I'd see:

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…and let's say I were to head into that PATH bridge and continue to look east towards Bay and beyond. It would look like this currently:

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Finally, if I were to look west again, here's what I'd see:

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