Waterfront Toronto has announced plans to break ground on the $110m transformation of Queens Quay into a model streetscape with a wide pedestrian promenade, bike lanes and a new bi-directional streetcar corridor in July 2012.
The project will see the 1.5km stretch from west of Lower Spadina Ave. to Bay St. rebuilt completely, transforming the area both above and below ground.
The transformation will include the construction of a tree-lined, 5m pedestrian promenade on the south, as well as the creation of two bike lanes next to the pedestrian space and the off-road Martin Goodman Trail across the waterfront.
As part of the project, a new two-way streetcar corridor will be built on the south side while on the north side traffic will be turned into a single lane.
The sidewalk and landscaping will be improved in front of stores to give a boost to ground floor retail activity.
Waterfront Toronto president and CEO John Campbell said there will never be a better time to break ground on the waterside project.
"The TTC tracks need to be replaced and utilities and municipal infrastructure require major upgrades – it’s a win for the locals, the City and the millions of visitors who will be drawn to this special place," Campbell said.
The transformation of the waterfront is being carried on the design provided by West 8+ DTAH in 2006.
The cost of construction will include the design, TTC track realignment and restoration, hydro work, storm and sanitary upgrades, roadway, and public realm improvements. The works will be managed by Eastern Construction carried out in three phases.
Major works are expected to be completed by 2014, while the tree planting on the south side will be done in spring 2015.
Image: As part of Queens Quay transformation in Toronto, the sidewalk and landscaping will be improved in front of stores to give a boost to ground floor retail activity. Photo: Waterfront Toronto