Starting in early February 2021, The City of Toronto will be replacing the watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services, on Bloor Street West between Spadina Avenue and Avenue Road. Watermain work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2021.

After the watermain installation from Spadina Road to Avenue Road is completed the second phase of road work will start in July/August 2021. The second phase of road work on Bloor Street West will include:

  • Sidewalk replacement
  • Construction of permanent raised cycling facilities
  • Road reconstruction
  • Installation of a cyclist protected intersection at Bloor Street West and St.George Street
The expected end date for the road work is fall 2022.

Bloor Street Bike Lanes

The Bloor Street Bike Lane Pilot Project was approved by City Council in May 2016. The existing bike lanes on Bloor Street are being made permanent. The before and after pictures below show the section just east of Lippincott Street along Bloor Street West.

Existing Conditions
Future Conditions along Bloor

The bike lanes on Bloor Street West between Spadina Avenue and Avenue Road will be permanently installed with the following modifications and upgrades:

  • The bike lanes next to parking will consist of a raised cycle track (where feasible) above the roadway, with a barrier curb separating the bike lane from the motor vehicle lanes and parked cars.
  • Where feasible a semi-mountable curb will be installed between the cycle track and sidewalk area providing separation while still allowing access across the cycle track for those using mobility devices.  Precast concrete medians will also be added at the ends of the parking sections.
  • Green pavement markings will be used to highlight the bike lanes near intersections and other conflict zones.

 

The bike lanes between Spadina Avenue and Avenue Road is the continuation of a two-phased project that started on Bloor Street West in 2019.

Pre-Construction Inspection

A contractor, on behalf of the City of Toronto, will survey all properties within 30 metres of the construction area before construction starts.

Participation in the survey is voluntary, but participating is important in determining if construction caused damage. The inspection will look at both the interior and exterior of all properties to verify existing conditions.

A City contractor will deliver a separate notice requesting time to set up appointments. All inspection staff will be wearing photo identification and carrying photographic equipment during their work.

During Construction

Work crews will mark the locations of underground utilities, such as gas, water and cable so that the construction work does not interfere with these utilities. Work in the boulevard in front of commercial properties and homes, is planned. This work includes removing and replacing a portion of driveways, municipal sidewalks and grassed boulevards, where necessary.

Property owners should remove items located within City property limits (boulevard), such as displays, street furniture, patio accessories and or decorative objects before work starts. The City will not be held responsible for damage to items in the boulevard.

Substandard Water Service Replacement

Please read the fact sheet as it contains important information about lead in drinking water and water service replacement.

Find out if your water service is lead – a licensed plumber can help you with this. If it is lead, the City of Toronto encourages you to replace it by obtaining several quotes. You can contact the City’s contractor for one of your quotes. Their name and phone number will be on a construction notice you will receive approximately two to three weeks prior to construction.

Learn more about Lead and Drinking Water.

Work Hours

Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays or Sundays as required.

Traffic Management

Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents.

  • One lane in each direction for vehicles on Bloor St West
  • Bike lane access will be maintained throughout construction
  • There will be NO on-street parking between Spadina Ave and Avenue Rd
  • Road users should continue to obey all posted traffic signage and traffic control personnel.
  • Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.
  • During watermain construction at specific sections along Bloor Street West alternating traffic control will be used to direct traffic through areas where construction allows only one lane accessible for traffic. All temporary traffic changes will be posted in updates.
  • Traffic/parking adjustments on Devonshire Place will be implemented to allow for large vehicle access during phases 2 and 3

 

Parking Restrictions

There will be no parking on Bloor Street West between Spadina Avenue and Avenue Road during construction.

Vehicles parked on the street will be towed. If your car is towed, contact parking control at 416-808-2222 to find the location of your vehicle.

Road & Sidewalk Access

In order to complete the work in a safe manner, there will be road and sidewalk restrictions within the construction zone. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Driveway Access

The contractor will notify you of any temporary restrictions to your driveway access. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Accessible Accommodation

If you require an accommodation, please contact City Staff , Paul Martin to discuss how the City can help meet your needs during construction.

Wheel-Trans drop-offs and pick-ups will be accommodated.

Watermain Replacement Construction Phasing

Phase 1 – Early February to May 2021

Watermain installation on Bloor Street and side streets

Work

Crews will:

  • Dig a trench and replace the watermain
  • Replace the City-owned section of the water services

Traffic Management

  • One lane in each direction for vehicles on Bloor St West
  • Bike lane access will be maintained throughout construction
  • There will be NO on-street parking between Spadina Ave and Avenue Rd

Phase 2 – May to June 2021

Work

Watermain disinfection and testing

Traffic Management

  • One lane in each direction for vehicles on Bloor St West
  • Bike lane access will be maintained throughout construction
  • There will be NO on-street parking between Spadina Ave and Avenue Rd

Phase 3 – June to July 2021

Work

  • Transfer water services from old main to new main and complete connections.

Traffic Management

  • One lane in each direction for vehicles on Bloor St West
  • Bike lane access will be maintained throughout construction
  • There will be NO on-street parking between Spadina Ave and Avenue Rd

 

Construction Notices

Construction notices and construction updates will be posted as work progresses.

Pre Construction Notice
Construction Notice


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