Ward 14 Construction & Transit Updates

Learn About Major Construction Taking Place in Toronto-Danforth and its Impacts on Local Traffic and Transit Service

Last updated on July 12th, 2024

You can find updates on the various construction projects taking place in Ward 14 below.

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On this page: 

  1. Metrolinx Ontario Line Construction Updates
  2. Transit Updates
  3. TTC Second Exit/Entrance and Easier Access Projects
  4. Port Lands Construction
  5. Millwood Road Safety Improvements

Metrolinx Ontario Line Construction Updates

Below you will find the latest on Metrolinx construction in Ward 14, broken down by area.

Remember that you can report any issues to Metrolinx 24/7 at 416-202-5100.

Pape North

24-hour Underground Construction by Pape Station

Metrolinx began construction on underground concrete support walls for the future Ontario Line interchange at Pape Station on July 12th.

Construction will occur on a 24-hour basis between Monday and Friday and on Saturdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. This work is expected to last until spring 2025.

To complete this work safely, the north sidewalk on Danforth between Pape and Eaton is closed. A temporary crosswalk at Eaton will be installed to allow pedestrians to safely cross the Danforth.

Other impacts include short-term traffic interruptions and construction noise. Read Metrolinx's construction notice to learn more.

24-hour Sewer Work Between Cosburn & Gowan

Metrolinx is relocating the existing sewer under Pape to the laneway west of Pape (connecting Gowan and Cosburn) and south of Cosburn as part of work on the future Ontario Line station at Pape and Cosburn.

Work was scheduled to start July 8th. Construction will take place 24/7 Mondays to Friday for approximately three months.

This project involves five primary construction phases, with the Phases 1 & 2 expected to last for two months.

The work will result in traffic, pedestrian and noise impacts in the Pape-Gowan-Cosburn area. Scroll down for details.

Phase 1

In Phase 1 crews will replace sewer infrastructure on Gowan and connect it to the existing sewer on Pape. This phase is divided into 1A and 1B. Impacts are as follows:

Phase 1A:

  • Gowan closed from Pape to the laneway
  • south end of laneway near Gowan closed
  • north sidewalk on Gowan closed between Pape and the laneway
  • centre lane on Pape at Gowan closed
  • vehicles travelling westbound on Gowan east of Pape will be unable to turn left to head southbound on Pape or continue straight on Gowan west of Pape
  • vehicles travelling north or south on Pape will be unable to access Gowan west of Pape

One lane in each direction will be maintained on Pape. The laneway will also remain accessible from Cosburn. View the Phase 1A closure map.

Phase 1B:

  • Gowan will remain closed from Pape to the laneway
  • both southbound lanes on Pape by Gowan will be closed
  • vehicles will still be able to travel both north and south on Pape via a temporary lane in each direction
  • pedestrians on Pape will not be able to cross the west side of the Pape-Gowan intersection 
  • pedestrians will be directed to cross west of the work zone on Gowan
  • south end of laneway near Gowan will remain closed

View the Phase 1B closure map.

Phase 2

The launch shaft for the micro-tunneling machine will be constructed in Phase 2.

Gowan will remain closed from Pape to the laneway. The south end of the laneway will also stay closed.

Pedestrians on Pape will remain unable to cross the west side of the Pape-Gowan intersection and will continue crossing west of the work zone on Gowan.

There are no Pape traffic lane restrictions planned for Phase 2. View the Phase 2 closure map.

Phases 3 to 5

Phases 3 to 5 will each take several days to complete each and result in further traffic and pedestrian impacts.

Read Metrolinx's construction notice for more details.

24-hour Underground Construction by Pape Station

Metrolinx was scheduled to start construction on underground concrete support walls for the future Ontario Line interchange at Pape Station on July 12th.

Construction will occur on a 24-hour basis between Monday and Friday and on Saturdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. This work is expected to last until spring 2025.

To complete this work safely, the north sidewalk on Danforth between Pape and Eaton will be closed. A temporary crosswalk at Eaton will be installed to allow pedestrians to safely cross the Danforth.

Other impacts include short-term traffic interruptions and construction noise. Read Metrolinx's construction notice to learn more.

24 Hour Work at Pape & Sammon

Metrolinx began constructing underground concrete support walls for the future Ontario Line emergency exit at Sammon on June 25th, 2024.

This phase entails continuous, 24-hour construction Monday to Friday and Saturdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Current traffic, parking and pedestrian restrictions will remain in effect in the Pape & Sammon area. These include:

Traffic

  • Northbound lanes on Pape Ave. between Selkirk St. and Sammon Ave will be closed to facilitate construction
  • Northbound and southbound traffic will be shifted to the west side of Pape, with one traffic lane open in each direction

Parking

  • On-street parking will be restricted on the east side of Pape between Selkirk and Aldwych and between Sammon and Kings Park
  • On-street parking will be restricted on the west side of Pape between Mortimer and north of Canning

Pedestrian

  • The sidewalk on the south side of Sammon between Pape and the laneway east of Pape will be closed
  • The pedestrian route adjacent to the site will be rerouted onto Pape. Concrete barriers will separate traffic from the pedestrian walkway

Transit

  • The TTC bus stops on Pape at Sammon and Fulton will be relocated

This work is expected to last until spring 2025. Read Metrolinx's updated construction notice for more details.

Pape Station Construction: Bus Loop Fully Closed

To facilitate major Ontario Line construction at Pape Station, Metrolinx is undertaking bus loop canopy demolition, modifications within the station building, utility relocations within the bus loop and demolition of the existing tunnel ventilation shaft. 

The Pape Station bus terminal is now fully closed for the duration of this work. This has resulted in several temporary service changes to Pape and Broadview Station bus routes. Jump to Transit Updates for more details.

Construction will take place from Monday to Saturday between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. TTC customers and nearby residents can expect construction noise.

This work is expected to continue until fall 2024. Read Metrolinx's construction notice for more details.

Pape North & Don Valley Ontario Line Construction Meeting: Recording & Slides

View the recording and presentation slides from the April 2024 meeting me and TDSB Trustee Sara Ehrhardt hosted on construction impacts to the Pape & Cosburn and Pape & O'Connor areas and the Don Valley.

Pape-Danforth & Pape-Sammon Ontario Line Construction Meeting: Recording & Slides

View the recording and presentation slides from the March 2024 meeting me and TDSB Trustee Sara Ehrhardt hosted on construction impacts to the Pape-Danforth and Pape-Sammon areas.

Pape South

Pape Closed Between Riverdale & Langley Beginning July 15th

Toronto Hydro trenching work along Pape from Riverdale to south of Langley began Tuesday, July 2nd.

Work is taking place on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It's expected to finish in two months.

The first stage is complete. The second stage is scheduled to begin this Monday, July 15th and take six weeks to complete. Impacts are as follows:

  • Pape will be closed to vehicles between Langley and Riverdale
  • Vehicles coming east on Langley must turn south and may exit via the plaza or Poucher
  • Vehicles coming north on Pape must turn west onto Langley
  • The Pape Children’s House pick-up/drop-off zone will be closed
    • Metrolinx is relocating the pick-up/drop-off zone to Langley in coordination with Pape Children’s House
    • The Riverdale pick-up drop-off will be in place for subsequent sewer relocation work happening this fall. Metrolinx will coordinate with the TDSB to further communicate this shift to parents in advance of the 2024-2025 school year

Pedestrian routes will remain open around the work zone and access to residences will be maintained at all times. Read Metrolinx's updated construction notice for more details.

Pape Traffic Plan Update

City Transportation Services staff finalized its traffic plans for the current phase of Ontario Line construction along Pape in May 2024.

These next phases will have traffic, transit and pedestrian impacts in the Pape & Danforth, Pape & Riverdale and Pape & Sammon areas.

Read my update for more details.

Pape & Riverdale Ontario Line Construction Meeting: Recording & Slides

View the recording and presentation slides of the February 2024 meeting TDSB Trustee Sara Ehrhardt and I hosted on construction impacts to the Pape-Riverdale area, including Pape School.

Lakeshore East Rail Corridor 

Daytime & Overnight Retaining Wall and Noise Barrier Construction

Retaining wall construction on the east side of the rail corridor between Eastern and Dundas is underway.

Retaining wall construction will take place day and night intermittently. Noise barrier installation will begin as each section of retaining wall is completed.

Work will take place during the day Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and overnight Sunday to Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Construction noise should be expected, though Metrolinx will implement noise mitigation measures and louder work will take place during the day. No traffic or pedestrian impacts are anticipated.

Work began May 21st and is expected to take approximately six months to complete.

Read Metrolinx's updated construction notice for more details.

New Phase of Overnight Rail Corridor Work Underway Until July 21st

Metrolinx is conducting overnight Ontario Line construction in the rail corridor that can't be conducted during the day safely when trains are operating.

The next phase of overnight rail corridor work begins this Sunday, July 7th. It includes utility installations and track ballast work in the rail corridor between Pape and Jones as well as retaining wall construction (see above) and compaction work between the Eastern and Dundas rail bridges.

Overnight rail corridor work hours are Sunday to Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

This phase is expected to finish by July 21st. Additional phases of overnight work will follow.

Read Metrolinx's updated construction notice for more details.

Eastern Avenue/East Harbour Transit Hub

Eastern Avenue Nightly & Weekend Road Closures

Planned Eastern Avenue road closures are required to accommodate work on the future East Harbour Transit Hub.

Night Road Closures

Nightly road closures will run from approximately 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning:

  • Monday, July 8th to Saturday, July 13th
  • Monday, July 15th to Saturday, July 20th (only if required)

Weekend Road Closures

The following weekend road closures run from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday:

  • August 16th to 19th
  • August 23rd to 26th
  • August 30th to September 2nd

Read the construction notice for more details.

Bridge Reconstruction - Long Term Lane Closures in Effect

Reconstruction of the Eastern Avenue Bridge is underway as part of the East Harbour Transit Hub project.

Traffic on Eastern between Dibble and Lewis is reduced to a single lane in each direction until 2026.

Sidewalks on either side will remain open. Read the construction notice for more details.

Logan Avenue Bridge

Abutment Construction Set to Begin July 15th

Abutment construction on the Logan Avenue Bridge is expected to begin Monday, July 15th and will approximately three months to complete.

Work will take place from Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and periodically on Saturdays. Construction crews may be required to work periodically between 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. to complete critical work.

In order for this work to be completed, alternating sidewalk closures on will be required, with at least one sidewalk remaining open at all times.

Pedestrians are encouraged to cross at designated crosswalks only and follow construction signage posted in the area. Cyclists will need to share the road with vehicles while travelling through this area.

Traffic may be stopped for short durations during lifting operations or to facilitate the safe entry/egress of construction equipment. One traffic lane in each direction will be maintained on Logan Avenue.

Read Metrolinx's construction notice for more details.

Queen Street East Bridge

Abutment Construction Underway

The old bridge piers and abutments of the Queen Street East Bridge have been demolished and removed.

Construction of the new bridge abutments is ongoing and will continue until approximately August 2024.

Construction will take place Monday to Saturday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and periodically until 11 p.m. to complete critical work.

Westbound and eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane.

Alternating sidewalk closures may be required, though temporary walkways will remain in place to provide pedestrian access around the work zone. One sidewalk will remain open at all times.

Construction noise can also be expected. Read Metrolinx's updated construction notice for more.

Dundas Street East Bridge

Abutment Construction Underway

Abutment demolition work is scheduled to begin on the Dundas Avenue Bridge this Monday, May 27th. This follows demolition work, which will soon be completed.

Work will take place periodically from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and periodically on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for approximately three months.

Starting June 3rd, construction crews may be required to work periodically between 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. to complete critical work.

Sidewalk closures under the bridge are required, though one sidewalk will remain open at all times. Sidewalk closures will alternate depending on where work is occurring and crews will reopen sidewalks at the end of workday when possible.

Cyclists will need to share the road with vehicles while travelling through this area. Traffic may be stopped for short durations during lifting operations or to facilitate the safe entry/exit of construction equipment from work zones.

The eastbound traffic lane will shift slightly north and one traffic lane in each direction will be maintained on Dundas and Logan. 

Construction-related noise can also be expected. Read Metrolinx's updated construction notice for more details.

Don Valley

Power Line Installation

Metrolinx was scheduled to begin installing new power lines between two new Hydro One towers on Monday, June 24th.

The sanitation plant to ridge trail will be closed for the duration of this work, which is expected to take two months to complete.

Read Metrolinx's construction notice for more details.

Lower Don

Construction of Lower Don Bridge East Abutment

Construction of the east abutment for the new Lower Don bridge is underway.

Work is taking place north of the existing rail bridge and east of the Don Valley Parkway. Read Metrolinx's construction notice for more details.

These dates may change. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter for the latest updates on these projects.


Transit Updates

Route Diversion: 202 Cherry Beach

The TTC's seasonal 202 Cherry Beach bus, which operates from early May to early October, will continue to divert both ways via south on Cherry, east on Commissioners, north on Carlaw, west on Lake Shore and north on Cherry to regular routing.

This is due to continued emergency work on the Ship Channel Bridge which requires the bridge to remain raised for longer than anticipated, resulting in the continued closure of Cherry south of Polson to all traffic and pedestrians.

The bus diversion will remain in place until August at the earliest. The TTC aims to restore service on the 202 Cherry Beach bus to regular routing once the bridge work is completed.

Jump to Port Lands Construction to learn more about Ship Channel Bridge repairs.

Read the TTC's service advisory for more on the 202 Cherry diversion.

508 Lake Shore Now Servicing Broadview Station During Rush Hours

The 508 Lake Shore streetcar is now servicing Broadview Station weekdays during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Learn more. 

Pape Bus Service Changes for Ontario Line Construction

The Pape Station bus terminal is fully closed to accommodate Ontario Line construction at Pape Station.

As a result, temporary diversions and service changes for several bus routes serving Pape and Broadview Stations are in effect until fall 2024. These are as follows:

Pape Station Bus Routes & Wheel-Trans Changes

  • The 25 Don Mills and 925 Express are diverting to Broadview Station via O'Connor and Broadview
  • The 81 Thorncliffe Park is suspended and has been replaced by the extended 72A/72C Pape Bus
  • Wheel-Trans buses are stopping on-street in front of Pape Station
  • The 72B is suspended. The new 114 Queens Quay East route has replaced 72B service between Union and Commissioners only

The 72A/72C is the only bus routes serving Pape Station from May to fall 2024. 

There is no direct bus service from Pape Station to the Port Lands. Those travelling from Pape Station to the Port Lands can transfer from the 72C Pape to the 114 Queens Quay East via the Lake Shore & Carlaw stop.

Access to Pape Station will be maintained, though subway service may be disrupted intermittently to accommodate work in the subway tunnel. Advance notice will be provided.

The TTC has increased 25 Don Mills and 72 Pape service to help mitigate impacts of these changes.

Broadview Station Bus Route Changes

  • The 8 Broadview and 62 Mortimer (eastbound & westbound) routes has been extended south to Bridgepoint Hospital. They are now serving Broadview Station via on-street stops
  • 100 Flemingdon Park and 87 Cosburn service has not changed. They continue to Broadview Station via the bus terminal, though from different bus bays
  • Wheel-Trans continues to serve Broadview Station from Bay 5

Learn more about the 8 Broadview and 62 Mortimer service changes.

These changes are to accommodate the temporary re-routing of the 25 Don Mills and 925 Don Mills Express to Broadview Station. Broadview Station subway service will not be impacted.

Read the TTC's service update for more on all of the above changes. 

You can also contact TTC Customer Service at 416-393-4636 or via telecommunications relay service at 1-800-855-0511 for help planning your trip or any other questions about the above changes.

Check back regularly as dates and other details may change. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter for the latest updates on TTC service changes impacting Toronto-Danforth.


TTC Second Exit/Entrance and Easier Access Projects

The Donlands Station Second Exit/Entrance & Easier Access and Greenwood Station Easier Access projects are underway to improve accessibility, safety and convenience for TTC customers.

Read more about the TTC’s second exit planning and consultation process.

Donlands Station

Donlands Station's new secondary entrance/exit and elevator are both scheduled to open this year.

Learn more about the project on the TTC's website.

Greenwood Station

The TTC is conducting work at the intersection of Strathmore & Linnsmore to make Greenwood Station accessible. 

Construction is expected to finish in mid-2025 once the new elevators are in service.

View the latest Greenwood Station project updates. Learn more about the project here. 

Greenwood Station Escalator Out of Service until August

The escalator from the street level to the concourse level is out of service until August 2024 to ensure construction of new elevator structures is done safely.

The escalators from the concourse level to the Eastbound and Westbound platforms will remain in service. Please note there is also no elevator available at Greenwood Station during this time.

Updates will be posted here as construction progresses.


Port Lands Construction

Port of Toronto Ship Channel Bridge Rehabilitation Project

PortsToronto in partnership with the City of Toronto are conducting rehabilitation works to modernize the ageing Ship Channel Lift Bridge on Cherry Street. 

The bridge has been closed to all traffic after sustaining hardware damage in April 2024 that has forced it to remain in an upright position. 

Drivers can access Cherry Beach via Unwin Avenue while the bridge remains upright. Pedestrians and cyclists can use the multi-use trail along Unwin to access Cherry.

Vehicle and pedestrian traffic across the bridge should resume by mid-August 2024, once emergency repairs to the damaged hardware are expected to finish.

Bridge Closed Until Mid-July

Ports Toronto continues emergency repair work on the Ship Channel Bridge in the Port Lands.

Repair Period 1 Delay

PortsToronto now expect Repair Period 1 to finish on July 16th instead of July 4th as initially planned.

The bridge will remain in the raised position until this phase is completed, resulting in the continued closure of Cherry south of Polson to all vehicles and pedestrians.

The repair schedule was revised to accommodate the installation of a winch system. This will allow for the occasional lifting and lowering of the bridge during subsequent phases of repair work, enabling periodic vehicle and pedestrian traffic across the bridge.

View the revised repair schedule. Jump to Transit Updates for more on the 202 Cherry Beach bus diversion.

Repair Period 2: July 16th to August 15th

Repair Period 2 is now expected to run from July 16th to August 15th.

PortsToronto will look for opportunities during this phase to safely lower the bridge to allow for vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic to cross the bridge without risk to workers or the public.

PortsToronto will share more details closer to Repair Period 2. The bridge is now expected to return to full operation August 16th once Repair Period 2 is complete.

Read PortsToronto latest update to learn more.

The Ship Channel Bridge Rehabilitation Project began in March 2022 and is expected to finish in 2027.

Most of the remaining rehabilitation work is intentionally scheduled for the winter when the bridge lift is not operational to allow vehicles and pedestrians to cross. 

Learn more about the project.

Port Lands Flood Protection Project

Work on the Port Lands Flood Protection Project (PLFPP) is underway. This historic $1.25 billion project will provide critical flood protection and transform our waterfront, resulting in a new piece of Toronto in the Port Lands.

The naturalization of the mouth of the Don River is a key part of this work, fulfilling a long awaited dream of many east-enders for a new river course into the Inner Harbour of Lake Ontario.

The PLFPP will result in the creation of a new river valley, approximately 100 acres of parkland and the future "Villiers Island", the east end's future waterfront community in the Port Lands.

Scroll down for project updates and details on temporary and permanent traffic, pedestrian and cycling changes resulting from this work.

March 2024: Removal of West Plug Underway

Work is underway on the next key project milestone in the Port Lands.

Prep work on the removal of the west plug, the concrete wall sitting under the Cherry South bridge at Polson and Cherry, begun in early March.

Overall, removing the west plug will take about three months, with the concrete wall will be lifted out in large pieces.

New Bridges and Roads Opened

The Cherry Street North and Commissioners Street bridges along with the newly realigned Cherry and Commissioners Streets opened in late January 2024.

In addition, the gradual flooding of the new Don River began in early February 2024.

These are important milestones in the historic Port Lands Flood Protection Project, which you can read more about here.

New Bridges

The Cherry Street North and Commissioners Street bridges are part of a series of new bridges needed to connect the future "Villiers Island" and other areas in the transformed Port Lands to each other and the rest of the city.

Commissioners Street Bridge

The Commissioners Street Bridge spans the new river valley west of Don Roadway and connects the new Villiers Island to the rest of the Port Lands.

Cherry Street North Bridge

The Cherry Street North Bridge crosses the Keating Channel, connecting pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to New Cherry Street from Lake Shore.

It replaces the existing bridge, which will be removed.

New Road Alignments

New Cherry Street and the realigned Commissioners Street are now open. Some portions of existing Cherry Street and Villiers Street will be closed.

New Cherry Street

The new alignment of Cherry, called 'New Cherry Street' for now, creates a simpler crossing of Lake Shore. It also has a fully separated multi-use trail and sidewalk.

  • New Cherry Street is now open between Lake Shore and Commissioners. 
  • The old alignment of Cherry between Villiers and Commissioners remains open. It continues to be called 'Cherry Street' for now.
  • The old alignment of Cherry between Lake Shore and Villiers is permanently closed.
  • Traffic signals at Lake Shore and the old alignment of Cherry have been turned off.

This map outlines the above changes to Cherry.

Lake Shore is restricted to two lanes eastbound and one lane westbound between Don Roadway and Cherry. Don Roadway south of Lake Shore remains closed. 

Commissioners Street

Commissioners has been rebuilt between Cherry and Saulter with new bike lanes on either side and the just-opened bridge over the new river valley.

  • Commissioners has reopened between Cherry and Saulter, connecting to the new extension of Commissioners west of Cherry and the existing roadway east of Saulter.
  • Villiers is closed east of Munition Street.

Access to businesses in the all the above areas will be maintained.

This map shows the status of all roads in the Port Lands as of January 24th, including New Cherry Street and the reconfigured Commissioners Street.

Read the construction notice for more details.

Getting Around the Port Lands

Driving

Vehicles heading to the Port Lands via New Cherry Street:

  • To access New Cherry Street from the east, go south on Carlaw and turn right onto Commissioners.
  • Traffic traveling north/south and from the west can access New Cherry Street at Lake Shore

Cycling and Walking

The multi-use Martin Goodman Trail now runs along New Cherry Street south of Lake Shore and continues past Commissioners.

This is now the new north-south cycling and pedestrian route through the Port Lands.

Commissioners will replace Villiers Street as cyclists' and pedestrians' main east-west connection through the Port Lands and across the Don River.

Read the construction notice or view this map of available cycling routes for more details.

Transit 

TTC bus service began operating along the realigned Cherry Street and Commissioners Street in January 2024. 

Jump to Transit Updates or check current TTC service advisories for current detours and other service changes in the Port Lands.

Read the construction notice or visit Waterfront Toronto's website for more details.

Visit Waterfront Toronto's website for more on:

Lake Shore Boulevard East Project

Waterfront Toronto's Lake Shore Boulevard East Project is supporting the Port Lands Flood Protection and Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration projects.

View the latest construction updates here.

Subscribe to my weekly newsletter for the latest updates on the exciting and historic project in the Port Lands.


Millwood Road Safety Improvements

The city has begun road improvements on the Leaside Bridge (Millwood) along both Pape and Donlands between O'Connor and the Leaside Bridge. This includes:

  • New separated cycle tracks on Millwood (Leaside Bridge) south of Overlea
  • New intersection design at Pape and Donlands including new pedestrian crossings, new/upgraded bikeways, wider sidewalks and relocated bus stops
  • Changes to the design of several intersections along Pape
  • Road resurfacing on Pape from O’Connor to south of Hopedale

There will be lane reductions and other traffic impacts, along with two weekend closures of the Millwood & Pape/Donlands intersection (by the south end of the Leaside Bridge) later this summer. 

Work is expected to finish by December 2024.

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