From the April 2012 WT Newsletter:
Queens Quay Revitalization Update
The revitalization of Queens Quay in the Central Waterfront is starting with Bell and Toronto Hydro infrastructure upgrades and expansion this spring. The long required utility upgrades are being coordinated by Waterfront Toronto as part of the overall reconstruction of Queens Quay. The goal of this coordinated effort is to streamline construction, achieve efficiencies where possible and avoid the need for intrusive construction activities once the new roadway and public realm are complete.
Starting in mid-May, Bell will be building new conduits and chambers between Rees and York Streets. Work will occur mainly on the north sidewalk and at some perpendicular crossings on Queens Quay. Work on the sidewalk and roadway is expected to be complete in three months.
Later this spring, Toronto Hydro plans to begin construction aimed at improving reliability and providing capacity for future developments along the waterfront. Toronto Hydro will undertake its work in three phases in coordination with Waterfront Toronto. Scheduling is currently underway to determine where phase one will begin. Waterfront Toronto’s construction on the roadway will begin this summer. The construction schedule, staging plans and timing are under review pending final decisions related to utility upgrades. These decisions will be finalized in May.
Waterfront Toronto will hold a public meeting and open house to review the detailed construction staging plan and schedule in early June. In the meantime, Waterfront Toronto continues to work closely with business and resident representatives on the Queens Quay Construction Liaison Committee. Their input and feedback have been instrumental in the development of draft schedules.
The transformation of Queens Quay from Yo Yo Ma Lane – just west of Spadina Avenue – to Bay Street is expected to take about two years to complete. This includes the replacement of TTC infrastructure, all utility upgrades and Waterfront Toronto’s work to revitalize the corridor.
TTC is undertaking track repairs at various locations on Queens Quay until May 7, 2012. These interim repairs east of Spadina Avenue will enable the safe operation of streetcars until the tracks are realigned and rebuilt during the revitalization of Queens Quay. During this period bus service will replace the streetcar. Read TTC’s construction notice for detailed information.