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South End Reconstruction on Roncesvalles: POSTPONED

UPDATE FEBRUARY 21ST, 2019:

Please take note that the South End Construction and the work to adjust the TTC ramps that was scheduled to start March 31st, has been postponed until 2020.

The email from Councillor Gord Perks below provides the details on this decision.
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Hello,

I just received the latest update on King- Queensway-Queen-Roncesvalles Project from Chief Engineer, Michael D’Andrea. Please find his email below:

As you know, in early February, the City issued the tender for the planned project at the intersection at King / The Queensway / Queen / Roncesvalles. This project included: sewer and watermain replacement, replacing the entire TTC overhead and track infrastructure within the intersection and west along The Queensway, Streetscaping, road and intersection works along the Queensway, rehabilitating the bridge over Parkside Drive, removing the right-turn channel at Queensway and King Street and overall intersection / road improvements within the area. Based on feedback received to date from contractors considering the tender, there are areas of construction and design that require additional review and clarity to ensure the construction delivery schedule and budget can be upheld and delivered according to plan.

As a result, the City of Toronto is rescheduling the delivery of this project to 2020.

Efforts are underway between several City Divisions and TTC to firm up the design, schedule, and tender and reporting to the Infrastructure & Environment Committee. We expect to provide additional information to all stakeholders involved (Parkdale BIA / Roncesvalles BIA / St. Joseph’s Health Centre) in April – with more details to follow for the residents in the area at a later date.

We understand that the wait and anticipation for this construction has been a long time coming; however, the City and TTC wanted to ensure that the planned construction will be delivered according to the plan, schedule and budget that works to mitigate traffic and TTC service impacts as much as possible. We look forward to meeting with you and stakeholders soon, to further discuss these measures.

I will continue to provide you with information and updates as they are received.

Thank you for your patience while city staff do the necessary background work to ensure the intersection work is done on time and within budget.

Regards,

Councillor Gord Perks

The Roncesvalles BIA will continue to update BIA Members and the community as we get the information

ORIGINAL POST FEBRUARY 13, 2019:
The TTC will be reconstructing the intersection at King / Queen / Roncesvalles / Queensway (KQRQ) this year. The construction will take place in three phases as outlined below. This is a joint project by the TTC, Toronto’s Transportation Services and Water Division.

Map showing location of construction planned for 2019 on and near the intersection or Roncesvalles Ave., Queen Street West, King Street West and The Queensway.

Overall Scope of work – Starting in April 2019

  • As part of the state of good repair work, the aging sewer and track around the intersection needs to be replaced
  • Relocating the eastbound centre platform streetcar stop to the far side of the intersection
  • Realigning the King Street West leg to create a better intersection angle and increase green space
  • Modifying / constructing street car platforms at Glendale Avenue
  • Continue the bump-out treatment on Roncesvalles at this intersection

As part of the Sunnyside Community Association area traffic study that was completed in 2008, the city will also be:

  • Modifying the signal at Glendale Avenue and Queensway
  • Adding dedicated eastbound – left – turn lanes at Sunnyside Avenue, Glendale Avenue, and The Queensway
  • Signalizing intersection at Sunnyside and The Queensway
  • Modifying the streetcar track vertical alignment (slope at Claude Avenue that will visually and physically enhance the existing right-in / right-out at Claude Avenue)

At the same time that the road is closed, the TTC will be modifying Roncesvalles Ave with small adjustments to the Bump Outs and Streetcar Platforms from Marion St. to Boustead Ave. so they are in compliance with AODA legislation and support smooth operation of the ramps on streetcars. March 31st to August 4, 2019.

Time Line

This work will take place in three main stages.

  • Stage 1: Roncesvalles (from Harvard to The Queensway / Queen Street West)
    • March 31st, 2019 to August 4, 2019
  • Stage 2: Queen Street West and The Queensway (Sunnyside to Triller)
    • August 4, 2019 to Winter 2020
  • Stage 3: The Queensway (Parkside to Sunnyside)
    • April 2019 to October 2019

Road Closures

  • Roncesvalles will be closed to Thru-Traffic (not local traffic) March 31 to August 4 2019
    • Grafton Ave Closed (Traffic must circulate using Laneway to Harvard Avenue
    • Access to Queen Street Laneway Closed
    • 1 Lane to remain open on Harvard Avenue at all times
    • Bump-out retrofit to coincided during this time
  • South Side of the Queensway (Parkside Bridge to Sunnyside) April 10 to August 4 2019
    • Access to Toronto Pump Station required at all times
    • Southside Parkside Bridge to coincide during this stage
    • Cross Over required at Colborne Lodge
  • Full King – Queen – The Queensway – Roncesvalles intersection closure August 4 to October 7 2019
    • Queensway to be local access only to Glendale
    • Intersection opens October 8 (All legs of the intersection open, reduced lanes East and West)

This project has been anticipated since the reconstruction of the top end of Roncesvalles that was completed in 2011. It will improve public transportation and realm, pedestrian environment, and traffic circulation in this area. The Roncesvalles Village BIA and Parkdale Village BIA will be working together to mitigate the impact of the construction on our businesses and their customers.

More details on each phase of construction will be provided as we approach the specific dates. There will also be a link for this project on Councillor Gord Perk’s and the City’s websites.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Councillor Gord Perks’ Office 
Ward 4 Parkdale – High Park at 416-392-7919, or by fax at 416-392-0398.
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Construction Update November 8

Hello everyone:

Here is the latest update for construction on Roncesvalles. Please remember that schedules are subject to change.

==Enbridge==

The BIA, the City and the contractor have been putting significant pressure on Enbridge to complete their work on Roncesvalles, and to limit the scope of their work to only what is necessary for safety’s sake. They have completed their testing and should be starting shortly.

Enbridge will be doing gas main work on the west side of Roncesvalles from Howard Park Avenue down to Geoffrey Street over the next while. They have limited their work to the west side. There will be no gas main work occurring on the east side of the street.

==West Sidewalk Work==

Sidewalk work is now substantially complete on the west side up to Howard Park Avenue. All that remains is the completion of two platforms at Grenadier and Howard Park Avenue. These will be completed after Enbridge finishes its work.

==East Sidewalk Work This Week==

Work began last Wednesday on the sidewalk from Grenadier down to Geoffrey and continued today down to Westminster.

There have been a few delays on the Grenadier to Geoffrey block that have been admittedly frustrating. One involved a subcontractor who was not ready to complete his work. This work should be finished imminently, if it is not already done.

Work on the Grenadier to Geoffrey block is further complicated by the complexity of the layout. The sidewalk here includes a platform and a tree trench and therefore will take somewhat longer than normal to complete. The BIA is pushing for quick completion of sidewalk here to ensure easier access to stores.

Sidewalk replacement is expected to continue south to Fermanagh Avenue as the week progresses.

==East Sidewalk Work: Next Steps==

Sanscon will either continue south of Fermanagh or start from Howard Park Avenue and work south to Grenadier starting next week. Which work gets done will depend on outside contractors and their schedules. We will make every effort to keep you informed.

Some blocks on the east side are expected to take longer to complete than others because of the complexity of the underlying work.

==Bike Rings==

Sanscon will begin the installation of new bike rings in the next few weeks.

==What Is Expected To Be Complete By December 4==

Sanscon is still on target to get the vast majority of the street complete by December 4. This should include all sidewalk, road bed and paving south of Howard Park Avenue. Extra crews are on site to finish work in a timely manner.

Completion of sidewalk and road work north of Howard Park Avenue will likely be a few days beyond that.

New garbage cans and TTC shelters are expected in early 2011. Other street furniture will follow, like new lamp standards, and trees are expected to be planted in early spring 2011.

Small scale final details, like fine concrete work around planters, will also occur in spring 2011.

==Damage==

There have been a few instances of minor damage to storefront walkways (cracked tiles, for example) and one instance of a slightly damaged overhead sign, as work has progressed on the east side of the street.

Sanscon is keeping track of this (as are we!) and they have committed to repairing such damage to private property over the coming weeks and months.

Thanks very much,

Keith Denning

Coordinator, Roncesvalles Village BIA

(416) 537-2701

Construction Update October 6

Here is the latest construction update for Roncesvalles Avenue. Please remember that dates and schedules are subject to change.

Howard Park Intersection

The Howard Park Avenue intersection opened up on schedule this morning at 5:00 a.m. Buses now run all the way up Roncesvalles with no diversions.

TTC is continuing to restring overhead wires for streetcars along Howard Park and is expected to finish this work Friday and open the intersection completely on Saturday October 9. On Friday they will start running test cars along Howard Park Avenue, and normal operation of the 506 Carlton car to High Park should resume shortly thereafter.

North of Howard Park

All track work here is complete, and Sanscon has paved the gap between track and road and cleaned up. Southbound traffic restrictions from Dundas should end on Friday October 9 with the completion of TTC wire work in the Howard Park intersection.

Completion of Track Work

Track work is proceeding well. TTC has brought in the final section of rail, and Sanscon has made track completion a top priority. They are aiming to have their concrete work on track completed around October 18, which is roughly a week ahead of their earlier projections.

The block from Grenadier to Constance should open in the next few days, and from Constance to Marmaduke in about a week.

Gas Main Work

Enbridge has expressed concerns about the gas main that runs up the west side of Roncesvalles between Marmaduke to Howard Park.

Apparently the main here is quite shallow and there are long term safety concerns because of this. Shortly after October 18, Enbridge will come in to replace that section of gas main, lowering it and making it safer. Early estimates are that the whole process should take roughly a week.

At this point, we are expecting only very brief interruptions to gas service on this block as services are switched from the old main to the new one. We are working with the contractor and Enbridge to make sure that gas service interruption is minimal, and is timed to meet the needs of businesses, particularly the seven restaurants and the laundromat on this block.

We are told that Enbridge will have staff on site to relight pilot lights promptly after the service switch.

Sidewalk and Road Work

Sidewalk work is resuming this week.

While we do not yet have a detailed schedule, we do have a general idea of what you can expect when sidewalk work resumes in earnest:

1) Several crews will be at work. Work will proceed as follows: sidewalk removal, grading and forming, pouring, road regrading and refinishing.

2) The work zone will be several blocks long but will move quickly. For sidewalk, each block is expected to take roughly three to four days to complete, and they will be working on several blocks concurrently.

3) Sanscon has changed their plans for sidewalk work to a faster, more efficient model. They will be going up the west side of Roncesvalles and then down the east side. This should get the work done more quickly.

4) Road work will follow behind sidewalk work. This will involve regrading and pouring the concrete road base. Once the road base has cured, you will be able to drive and park on this.

5) Asphalt crews to do the final road resurfacing will not follow immediately behind other work, but rather will come in intermittently to resurface a number of blocks at once.

Buses and Streetcars

Buses will continue to run until TTC is ready to resume streetcars, which they tell us will be December 19.

Three Suggestions For Better Construction

Over the past few months, the Roncesvalles Village BIA has been contacted by many political candidates to get our view on construction in the City of Toronto.

The Roncesvalles Village BIA is staunchly non-partisan, and so we are offering the following recommendations regarding construction to anyone who cares to read them.

1) The City of Toronto must establish and enforce deadlines on all City contracts with meaningful penalties for late completion.

One of the most disruptive elements of construction is the uncertainty that it brings to a community. When a contractor faces no penalty for not completing work according to a schedule that they agree to and often set themselves, the only people who suffer are the residents and businesspeople in the community. This appears to be the case in Toronto, all too frequently.

Many other municipalities in the GTA do enforce late penalties in their contracts, and contractors frequently have simultaneous jobs with several municipalities. Logically, contracts without enforced late penalties take a back seat to those that do. Toronto’s neighbourhoods deserve to be on an equal footing with other communities in southern Ontario. The City of Toronto must establish and enforce deadlines on its contracts.

2) The City of Toronto must take responsibility for damages done to properties as a result of construction.

It is unfair in the extreme that small businesses be required to navigate difficult legal waters to redress damage done to their properties by as a result of City contracted work. After all, the contractor is hired by the City!

Often a small business owner cannot afford expensive legal help, and must pursue compensation alone. Often a claim can take years to settle. For a property/business owner suffering loss of business due to construction, delays in compensation can be financially devastating. The City of Toronto is in a better position to hold contractors to account than individual business or property owners.

The City of Toronto can and should quickly assess all claims for property damage, promptly compensate the property owner for damages resulting from City contracted work, and, if need be, pursue the contractor for damages itself.

3) The City of Toronto needs a construction czar.

A construction czar would oversee construction in the City of Toronto, avoiding disruptive overlap of projects, such as currently affect Roncesvalles Village at large. At the same time as Roncesvalles Avenue is undergoing significant construction, many smaller construction projects are affecting side streets and arterial roads throughout our neighbourhood, creating tremendous and unnecessary disruption. In our view, this can be and should be avoided in Toronto’s communities.

A construction czar should also oversee the several contracts that a single contractor may have with the City at the same time, with the goal of concentrating a contractor’s efforts on a single job at one time to get it done quickly. In our view this would help to reduce the length of construction jobs everywhere.

We know that construction is an unavoidable part of life in Toronto, and that many contractors and City staff do fine work. As our neighbourhood’s cheeky shop local posters say: “Construction Sucks, but we totally understand, it needs to be done.” We believe in collaboration, not conflict. In general, Roncesvalles Village has benefitted from good collaboration between the City, various contractors, the BIA and our local Residents’ Associations. We are convinced that the trials of construction in Roncesvalles Village would be much worse without the good relationships we have helped to foster.

Nevertheless, we believe that these three points should be taken to heart by any City administration that seeks to create policies that would minimize the disruption that construction brings to its neighbourhoods. 

Tony Cauch

Chair, Roncesvalles Village BIA

504 Bus Route Update

There has been a great deal of confusion over the past few days about the 504 bus. It has been taking a rather strange route, detouring all the way to Shaw St. before coming to the bottom of Roncesvalles. This was because of an emergency watermain repair that blocked eastbound traffic on King St. Our understanding is that this is now over, and things are somewhat more normal.

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There will be ongoing work on King St. for the next while, so the 504 bus is serving Roncesvalles and King St. using this route:

SOUTHBOUND: Dundas West Station, south on Dundas and Lansdowne, west on Queen to Roncesvalles, east on King to Shaw.

NORTHBOUND: west on King, north on Roncesvalles to Dundas West Station.

Please note that, if you’re coming from Dundas West Station and you want to go north on Roncesvalles, you should transfer from the southbound 504 to a northbound 504 at Queen and Roncesvalles.

This is a bit inconvenient, but we appreciate that the TTC has to do some fancy footwork to dodge around all the construction that is happening in Toronto these days.