The City’s contractor began Advance Work on February 12, 2021, ahead of the planned (Stage 1) March 31, 2021 closure of the KQQR intersection. Work crews are currently undertaking watermain replacement, sewer relining and bridge rehabilitation work. People driving and cycling can expect curb lane closures on all approaches to the intersection.
The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) have coordinated a series of other infrastructure upgrades that will continue into August 2022 at:
- The intersection of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR);
- The Queensway from Parkside Drive to east of Roncesvalles Avenue;
- Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West; and
- Rehabilitation of the Parkside Drive Bridge at The Queensway.
Once work is completed, people walking, cycling and driving can expect the following improvements:
At the KQQR Intersection
- A normal four-leg intersection at KQQR instead of current skewed intersection;
- Removal of existing eastbound right-turn channel, which will improve pedestrian safety and accessibility as per the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan;
- Traffic signal phasing to be changed from three signal phases to a standard two phase operation
- Expansion and improvements at Beaty Boulevard Park (southwest corner)
Along The Queensway
- Extension of dedicated TTC streetcar right-of-way from west of Claude Avenue to Roncesvalles Avenue to reduce delays and improve service reliability (Will feature: curbs on the north and south sides of the streetcar lanes to physically separate from vehicle traffic).
- New traffic signal at Sunnyside Avenue to improve pedestrian safety, access to St. Joseph’s Health Centre and movement of streetcars from Sunnyside Avenue Loop
- Improved accessibility at TTC streetcar platforms
- Widening of existing eastbound platform
- Transit signal priority at Glendale Avenue and Roncesvalles Avenue
- Improved traffic movement with new eastbound left-turn lanes at Glendale Avenue, Sunnyside Avenue and Roncesvalles Avenue
- Improved pedestrian safety with north-south crossing on both sides of the intersection at Glendale Avenue
- Safer cycling connection with extension of dedicated eastbound bicycle lane on The Queensway to Glendale Avenue and a new bike box with dedicated bicycle signal
On Roncesvalles Avenue and Queen Street
- Two raised streetcar platforms/bicycle facilities on Roncesvalles Avenue, just north of Queen Street West
- New accessible eastbound farside platform on the south side of Queen Street West, east of Roncesvalles Avenue