GTA residents are being informed that road, sidewalk and TTC track work on Richmond Street between Church Street and York Street is set to begin on Monday, August 8.
The City will begin work to reconstruct the road, install new sidewalks, and replace the TTC tracks on Richmond Street from Church Street to York Street. It is estimated that construction will take until November 30 to complete.
Richmond Street is a westbound, one-way street and will be reduced to one lane from Church Street to York Street to accommodate the construction work. Richmond Street has been reduced to one lane from Victoria Street to Bay Street to complete water main work since July 4.
The Richmond cycle track cannot be maintained during construction, but signs and shared lane markings (sharrows) have been installed to indicate that cyclists can use the full width of the lane (single-file with motorists) or choose an alternative street. Traffic lanes on Richmond Street will be shifting as work progresses and the signage will be moved accordingly.
In an effort to minimize disruption and complete this project as quickly as possible, there will be days when construction work will take place throughout the day and night. In these instances, work that involves a lot of noise will be completed by 11 p.m.
The intersections of Richmond Street and Bay Street and Richmond Street and Yonge Street will also be closed to accommodate TTC track installation and road resurfacing. The Yonge Street intersection will be closed from 7 a.m. on Thursday, August 25 to 9 a.m. on Monday, August 29. The Bay Street intersection will be closed from 7 a.m. on Thursday, September 22 to 9 a.m. on Monday, September 26.
Traffic-signal timing on parallel routes is being adjusted and enhanced signage is being used in the area to help minimize traffic disruptions. Access to businesses will be maintained throughout the construction period.
More information about TTC route diversions is available at http://ww.ttc.ca. For information about construction projects downtown, visit http://ww.toronto.ca/
The City has a web-based map to help residents and visitors make their travel plans, available athttp://www.toronto.ca/
This work is part of the City’s comprehensive and coordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto’s roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs, the City said in a statement.