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 May 15th, 2024

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

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Paula

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.

Lakeshore East Rail Corridor 

Daytime & Overnight Retaining Wall and Noise Barrier Construction - Postponed to May 21st

Retaining wall construction on the east side of the rail corridor between Eastern and Dundas has been re-scheduled and is now expected to begin Tuesday, May 21st.

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. for approximately six months.

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 was previously re-scheduled from April 22nd to May 12th before being postponed again.

Read Metrolinx's updated construction notice for more details.

Overnight Work in Rail Corridor Near Pape & Dundas-Logan

Metrolinx is conducting overnight construction in the rail corridor to support excavation work between Dundas and Logan and install utility infrastructure near Pape.

Construction will take place in both areas from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and is expected to finish by Thursday, May 30th.

Read Metrolinx's construction notice for more details.

Queen Street East Bridge

De Grassi Sewer Work Postponed

Metrolinx has postponed sewer installation work on De Grassi that was scheduled to start May 6th.

I will share the new start date and construction notice once finalized by Metrolinx.

Bridge Demolition and Reconstruction

The piers and abutments at the Queen Street East bridge are being demolished. Once the demolition work is completed, new bridge abutments will be built. 

Construction will take place in two stages, with work starting on the north side of Queen then shift to the south side.

Work will take place Monday to Saturday between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m., though it may periodically continue until 10 p.m. to complete critical activities.

Traffic lane and pedestrian closures are required to complete this work safely.

Work was scheduled to begin April 9th, 2024 after being postponed multiple times. However, the start date was rescheduled again to Monday, April 29th (as per Metrolinx's most recent notice). Work is expected to take six months to complete.

Read Metrolinx's updated construction notice for more.

Pape Traffic Plan Update

City Transportation Services staff recently finalized its traffic plans for the next phase of Ontario Line construction along Pape.

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

Read my May 2024 update for more details.

Pape North

Pape Station Construction: Bus Loop Fully Closed

To facilitate major construction at Pape Station for the Ontario Line, 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 noise from construction work within the work zone.

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

Underground Utility Work on Danforth

Rogers and Toronto Hydro are moving underground utilities on Danforth in the vicinity of the future Ontario Line Pape Station.

Work is taking place from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is expected to last until mid-June.

Read Metrolinx's construction notice for more on this work and its impacts.

Pape & Danforth Area Demolition Work

Crews are demolishing these Metrolinx-owned properties near Pape Station.

The abatement of the interior buildings is being done entirely within the structures and will not cause any impacts to surroundings. Read Metrolinx's construction notice for more details on the demolition work.

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

Toronto Hydro Construction at Pape & Langley

As part of Toronto Hydro’s utility relocation works along Pape from Riverdale to south of Langley, crews are reconstructing the chamber located at the entrance to the No-Frills plaza.

Work will take place weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Work began April 29th and is expected to take eight weeks to complete.

Vehicular access will be closed between the plaza and Pape. Vehicles in the plaza may exit the plaza using the Carlaw exit.

Read Metrolinx's construction notice for more details.

Sewer Work Near Pape School

As part of utility relocation works near Pape School to facilitate Ontario Line construction, crews are installing a sewer bypass line along the east side of Pape, followed by trenching for Toronto Hydro installation in the same footprint.

Work began April 8th and will take place on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for approximately eight to ten weeks. 

Impacts include temporary pedestrian detours and traffic impacts, including periodic restrictions to vehicle access to the shopping centre from Pape.

The Pape Avenue Junior Public School pick-up/drop-off area has returned to Pape after it was temporarily relocated to Langley. It will remain on Pape through to the end of the school year. Read Metrolinx's update on the school drop-off.

Read Metrolinx's construction notice for more details on this work.

Toronto Hydro Infrastructure Relocation at Pape and Riverdale

Toronto Hydro is relocating underground electrical equipment along Pape from Riverdale to south of Langley to accommodate Ontario Line construction.

Work began in late January and will finish in approximately six months.

Read Metrolinx's construction notice 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.

Dundas Street East Bridge

Abutment Demolition Begins

Abutment demolition work is underway on the Dundas Street Bridge.

Work began on May 13th will take place periodically over three weeks from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and periodically on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Current traffic lane reductions will remain in place. Construction-related noise can also be expected.

Once the demolition work is completed, new bridge abutments will be built. Read Metrolinx's construction notice for more details.

Pier Reconstruction Work

Pier reconstruction work on the Dundas Street East Bridge is underway.

Work will take place from Monday to Friday between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m., though work may need to periodically continue until 10 p.m.

Traffic, pedestrian, and bike lane closures will be required to complete this work safely.

Construction will take place in two stages and is expected to finish by early June 2024.

Read Metrolinx's updated construction notice for more details.

Logan Avenue Bridge

Abutment Demolition Work Scheduled to Begin May 27th

Abutment demolition work is scheduled to begin on the Logan Avenue Bridge on Monday, May 27th.

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

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.

Current traffic lane reductions will remain in place. Construction-related noise can also be expected.

Once the demolition work is completed, new bridge abutments will be built. Read Metrolinx's construction notice for more details.

Logan Avenue Bridge Pier Construction

Work to construct new bridge piers on the Logan Avenue bridge has begun.

Work will take place Monday – Friday, between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. for approximately three months.

Current traffic lane reductions and bike lane closures on Logan will remain in place for the duration of this work. 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.

Eastern Avenue Bridge

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.

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


Transit Updates

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 replace 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 in June 2024.

Read the TTC's latest update here. 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. 


Port Lands Construction

Work on the Port Lands Flood Protection and Lake Shore Boulevard East projects is underway.

These projects have traffic and cycling impacts on Lake Shore, the Gardiner Expressway, Cherry, Commissioners and the Lower Don Trail.

Read my update for more on the exciting and historic Port Lands project.

Learn more about Toronto's newest community being built in the Port Lands.

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.

February 2024: Traffic Lanes Reopened on Ship Channel Bridge

Both the north and south lanes of vehicle traffic on the Ship Channel Bridge in the Port Lands fully re-opened in early February 2024.

This marks a substantial completion of phase one of the city's and Ports Toronto's project to revitalize the Ship Channel Bridge.

Learn more about the project.

January 2024: 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 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 is operating along the realigned Cherry Street and Commissioners Street.

Read the construction notice or visit Waterfront Toronto's website for more on these changes. Read my update for more on this project and the significance of these changes.

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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 be complete by December 2024.

Phase 1 Update

Phase 1 of the project, which includes sidewalk reconstruction and road resurfacing along Pape from O’Connor to Hopedale, continues to progress:

  • Sidewalk work on both sides of Pape is nearing completion
  • Crews began resurfacing the west side of Pape on the week of May 6th
  • Once complete, crews will begin resurfacing the east side of Pape

One lane of traffic is being maintained in both directions. There is no on-street parking on Pape in work areas. Temporary closures of sidewalks may be required but pedestrian detours will be provided.

Read the city's latest Phase 1 update.

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