The City of Toronto is upgrading a 91-year-old watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services on Lower Jarvis Street from Queens Quay East to The Esplanade, and the sanitary sewer from south of Lake Shore Boulevard East to north of the Metrolinx Bridge.

Construction is expected to be complete by November 2021. The project is part of the Council-approved 2021 Capital Works Program to renew the city’s aging infrastructure and increase capacity to meet the needs of the growing community in the area.

Type of Work

The water service is the underground pipe that brings water to your water meter and is owned by you and by the City. The part you own is from your house to the end of your property, the part the City owns is from the end of your property to the watermain. The sanitary sewer is an underground pipe that collects wastewater from sewers and delivers it to wastewater facilities for treatment.

Contractor crews working on behalf of the City will excavate the road and dig a trench to access and upgrade the watermain and replace any City-owned water service pipes that do not meet City standards from the watermain to the private property line. Crews will then restore all areas affected by construction and resurface the trench.

Timeline

Construction work started in May 2021 and is expected to be complete by November 2021. The project is part of the Council-approved 2021 Capital Works Program to renew the city’s aging infrastructure and increase capacity to meet the needs of the growing community in the area.

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.

There may be times when contractor crews need to communicate with homeowners about what is happening on-site. This could be about driveway access, water shutoffs, pre-construction inspections and site restoration work (landscaping, installing pavers etc.). Contractor crews can be identified by their high-visibility clothing and will maintain physical distancing at all times.

Residents and businesses in the area may experience dust, noise and other inconveniences. The City is making efforts to reduce these impacts as much as possible.

Work Hours

Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Friday, with work after hours and on weekends as required.

The following traffic impacts will be in place during construction:

  • Lower Jarvis Street between Queens Quay East and The Esplanade will be open to southbound traffic only;
  • Through traffic will not be permitted northbound on Lower Jarvis Street from Queens Quay East;
  • Motorists from the eastbound Gardiner off-ramp will not be permitted to turn north on Lower Jarvis Street and will instead be directed east on Lake Shore Boulevard East; and
  • Traffic on Lake Shore Boulevard East will be reduced to one lane in each direction during active construction.

There will be occasional full closures of the intersection at Lower Jarvis Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East to facilitate more invasive work within the intersection. The City will provide advance notice prior to any full closure.

Parking

Parking in the active work zone is not permitted as space is needed for construction equipment and materials. This project will affect on-street parking. If your parked vehicle affects construction work, it will be relocated with no charge to the owner. Please call 416-808-2222 for its location.

Red line indicates location of construction on Jarvis Street for watermain replacement. From The Esplanade to Queens Quay.

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

Pre-Construction Notice

Construction Notice