The City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto are planning to construct a trail and public space located underneath the Gardiner Expressway from Strachan Avenue to Fort York Boulevard, and a trail extension from Fort York Boulevard to Spadina Avenue.

Work will include new landscape elements, lighting, street furniture, paving/resurfacing, and landscape plantings in the right-of-way space beneath the Gardiner Expressway. The planned works fall under Schedule A and A+ of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. These works are pre-approved to be completed in 2017-2018.

Work Details
This project involves building a structure at Strachan Avenue that will transition the grade from the sidewalk on the street to the area beneath the Gardiner, serving as a staircase, seating and multi-purpose space. The landscape in front of the Fort York Visitor’s Centre will be completed with concrete paving and landscaping. A skating trail will be constructed east of the Fort York Visitor’s Centre, and an extension on the building will serve as mechanical space, as well as public facilities associated with skating operations. Finishing work will include paving for public space and the trail, as well as landscaping.

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Construction will take place in three stages:

Stage 1 (April – July): Work will commence with earthwork to bring the entire site to grade. Installation of new underground utilities including storm and sanitary sewer and watermain will follow.

Stage 2 (June – December): Work will consist of building enclosures at Strachan Gate and Skating Trail. Installation of the ice making equipment will be installed and commissioned.

Stage 3 (January – June): Wood decking of Strachan Gate will be completed in early 2018. Installation of luminaires, lighting systems, site furnishing, hardscape and landscape will complete the remaining activities.

What to Expect During Construction

You may experience dust, noise and other inconveniences. Efforts will be made to reduce impacts.

Work Hours: Work on this project will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, with work after hours and on weekends as required.

Road and Sidewalk Access: In order to complete the work in a safe manner, there will be road and sidewalk restrictions within the construction work area. The north sidewalk along Fort York Boulevard will require short term closures during the course of the project for the safety of pedestrians. The east sidewalk, northbound lane and bike lane on Strachan Avenue will also require temporary closures from June 2017 to November 2017.

Driveway Access: Driveways that serve businesses in the area will remain accessible for deliveries or service. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Traffic Management: Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. Road users may expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets.

Accommodation: Residents that require accommodation must contact the project manager to arrange for access during construction.

More information

If you have questions about the upcoming work, please contact:

Construction Project Manager: Shannon Baker 416-306-8697,
General Bentway Inquiries:
TTY Hearing Impaired Service: 416-338-0889 (Daily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, closed holidays)
General City of Toronto Inquiries: 311

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