Construction Update, August 16 2010

Hello everyone:

Here is the latest update on construction on Roncesvalles. Please remember that schedules and other information is subject to change.

Track work is proceeding well on Roncesvalles, and is currently on schedule for completion in late September.

==South End Track Work==

Track work is complete up to Galley, and the blocks from Marion to Galley are open for short term parking and deliveries. The contractor expects to be able to open up the blocks from Galley to Fern this weekend, and open the Garden and Fern intersections.

==North End Track Work==

At present excavation has stopped at Geoffrey. Beginning August 17, track work will proceed up to just south of Grenadier Road. Grenadier will remain open for the time being.

==Track Work North Of Howard Park==

In order to keep on schedule, the contractor has made a change to their original plans for track work. Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday August 17, track installation will begin north of Howard Park Avenue to Dundas. This should be complete in roughly one week. During this time, one lane northbound will be maintained. The west-side intersections of Hewitt and Boustead will be closed and these streets will be made two-way. The City has sent notifications to affected residents (see attachment.)

==Roncesvalles and Dundas Intersection==

On August 23, as we’ve already reported, intersection track work will begin at the intersection of Dundas and Roncesvalles. This is expected to last about two weeks.

From August 23 to 30: One lane northbound on Dundas through this intersection. No northbound from Roncesvalles, no southbound to Roncesvalles or Dundas. 504 buses will divert along Howard Park Avenue, Parkside and Bloor to Dundas West Station.

From August 30 to September 7: One lane northbound on Dundas through this intersection, one lane southbound on Roncesvalles through this intersection.

==Staging On Roncesvalles South of Howard Park==

Very early this morning three trailers loaded with pre-assembled TTC track were backed down Roncesvalles from Bloor to be stored on Roncesvalles between Marmaduke and Howard Park Avenue. This track is the southern part of the intersection track for Roncesvalles and Dundas. Installation of this track is to begin this coming Monday, August 23.

These trailers will be stored on Roncesvalles for about ten days.

Of course, the BIA has tried to find alternatives to this inconvenience. Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any. These pieces of track need to be south of the excavation in order to be installed, and the loaded trailers are too long to safely make tight turns, according to TTC staff. Also, the loaded trailers are too wide to come up Roncesvalles through the construction zone.

==Final Track Work==

Track work at the Howard Park Avenue intersection is expected to begin after September 16. The final run of track on Roncesvalles will be from Grenadier to Howard Park Avenue.

Once track work is complete, two-way traffic and buses will resume on all of Roncesvalles.