This summer, the City of Toronto will begin road reconstruction and replacement of the City-owned portion of substandard water service connections on Port Union Road from Island Road to Lawrence Avenue East. Improvements that will be made as part of this work include widening Port Union Road to create a new northbound vehicle lane, installation of raised cycle tracks and continuous sidewalks on both sides of the street.
To improve road safety, new centre-lanes will be placed at select locations, and curb extensions with raised pedestrian crossings will be added at side streets.
Once complete, these changes will improve conditions for people walking, cycling and driving, and will help to better manage traffic flow.
The construction area, illustrated below, is Port Union Road from Lawrence Avenue East to Island Road.
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The project is expected to take from July 2023 to December 2024.
Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, with work after hours and on weekends as required.
The contractor is responsible to minimize construction related noise. Higher levels of noise can be anticipated during concrete breaking work.
The contractor is responsible for minimizing dust in the work zone.
The City has been working with businesses and property management representatives to accommodate delivery and loading activities during construction. If you have not yet discussed your delivery needs with the project team, please contact the staff person listed on this web page as soon as possible.
The City’s contractor must ensure safe and accessible walkways and entryways are maintained for everyone during construction. Any temporary access disruptions will be communicated as soon as possible. If you experience a disruption, have a specific access need or related accommodation request, contact the person listed on this web page.
If travelling in the area, please be aware:
TTC Service Impacts
The Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project was approved in 2004. A subsequent EA Addendum (update) was completed in 2014, approved in 2015 and made changes to the original study design in order to reduce property and community impacts.
This Environmental Assessment Study identified a preferred design which included:
The Addendum (update) to the 2004 ESR was approved by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in August 2015.
In consultation with the community as directed by City Council in 2004, the preferred design was modified to reduce property and other impacts to the community, and to meet current City standards and practices. The updated preferred design provides the same level of service as the original design, but includes the following changes:
To view the Environmental Assessment Addendum Report, contact Nathalie Forde at 416-392-3556 or Nathalie.Forde@toronto.ca.
The City conducted field investigations including a survey of the area and analysis of soil samples in various locations along Port Union Road to confirm ground conditions. Based on the results, the City is developing the project design.
The City completed the detailed design, utility relocations and secured easements. In the summer of 2021, the detailed design was updated to accommodate additional safety improvements including a raised cycle track, curb extensions with reduced corner radii, setback raised pedestrian crossings and speed limit reduction to 50km per hour.
In addition, several improvements are included in the design for the project that have the potential to reduce traffic speeds and infiltration into residential areas, including Tilly Drive, and improve visibility of pedestrians and cyclists. These improvements include:
A Virtual Project Update Meeting was held on November 30, 2021. Please see Port Union Road Virtual Public Information Event presentation and the Port Union Road roll plan for property specific details.
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