Queens Quay Waterfront transportation corridor opens in Toronto, Canada

14 July 2015 (Last Updated July 14th, 2015 18:30)

UK-based engineering firm Arup has announced the completion of Queens Quay Waterfront Revitalization project in Toronto, Canada.

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UK-based engineering firm Arup has announced the completion of Queens Quay Waterfront Revitalization project in Toronto, Canada.

The project, which had been ongoing for nine years, involved transformation of 1.7km of public waterfront street transitions vehicular culture to a corridor focused on pedestrians, cycling and light rail transit (LRT).

Arup worked in collaboration with DTAH and West 8 on the project, which was delivered by Waterfront Toronto.

Waterfront Toronto president John Campbell said: "We appreciate their willingness to work with designers on unconventional projects to make them workable without sacrificing the design vision.

"They played a key role in the design and permitting process that enabled us to move our project forward."

"The renewed corridor now features a welcoming boulevard on the waterfront…and a LRT right-of-way in the middle."

The firm had been responsible for multi-disciplinary infrastructure engineering services for the project, which included design competition, feasibility study, environmental assessment, schematic design, and detailed design and engineering support for the construction.

The transformed corridor stretches from Spadina Avenue to Bay Street in the Canadian city.

Planning was performed after an international design competition, with Arup providing transportation planning and civil engineering advice.

The firm also led the environmental impact assessment of the redevelopment, which received approval in 2009.

The renewed corridor now features a welcoming boulevard on the waterfront with east and westbound traffic on the north side of the street, and a LRT right-of-way in the middle. A linear park has also been placed at the south side featuring a tree-lined public promenade and recreation trail.


Image: Toronto's Queens Quay Waterfront Revitalization project. Photo: courtesy of Arup.