We want to keep you aware of the extensive work underway in this area and share any information that might be useful. Check here for updates on construction, road closures and traffic delays. We will also share the latest information on our construction process, how we plan to protect the environment and how construction may impact your community.

Construction Notices

Find the latest information about what to expect from ongoing construction. Download the latest construction notice below or view all notices in the Document Library.

Construction Notices

Road Closure: Cherry Street Between Lake Shore Boulevard East and Villiers Street, November 7 to November 9

For safety reasons to facilitate the installation of the Cherry Street North bridge, Cherry Street will be closed between Lakeshore Boulevard E and Villiers from Saturday, November 7 to Monday, November 9. This closure will be supported and controlled by paid duty officers.

The Martin Goodman Trail will remain open – redirected to the east side of Cherry Street.  Cyclists and pedestrians will be discouraged from congregating within the road closure zone with support from the paid duty officers.  There may be times when the trail is closed to allow construction vehicle movement, but this will be short term.

All TTC traffic will be allowed passage but may experience delays to allow for construction vehicle movement for the bridge installation.

Truck crossing at Lower Don Trail

Starting in late June 2020, crews will begin moving material in and out of the future Sediment and Debris Management Area. This is the area west of Don Roadway and north of Lake Shore Boulevard (see map below). This operation will continue through Summer 2021 as the site is prepared for excavation. Construction vehicles will intermittently cross the Lower Don Recreational Trail (see map below for truck routes) on weekdays between the hours of 7am-5pm. Currently, no work is scheduled on weekends. After evaluation, the construction manager determined that a detour initially planned for the Lower Don Trail at this location should be completed at a later date. Widening and deepening the Don River at this location is a critical part of our design for flood protection.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Signs will be installed on the trail to alert cyclists and pedestrians to possible truck crossing.
  • Signs will also be installed to ensure truck operators are aware that they must yield to cyclists and pedestrians.
  • A flagperson will control traffic at these locations, giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • The trail will be cleaned continuously.

Above: This map shows truck routes across the Lower Don Trail into the future Sediment and Debris Management Area.

ROAD WORK

 

Commissioners Street

 

Commissioners Street remains closed between Cherry Street and Don Roadway. Don Roadway remains closed between Commissioners Street and Villiers Street. Both closures will remain in place until Summer 2022.

Cherry Street

Cherry Street will ultimately be rebuilt farther west of its current path and connected to two new bridges over the Keating Channel, one for transit and another for motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. The existing Cherry Street and lift bridge over the Keating Channel will remain open until the new bridges open. To prepare for this road and bridge construction, crews are currently pre-loading the area with soil and installing bridge foundations.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Expect a temporary increase in construction traffic along Unwin Avenue and Cherry Street as trucks deliver soil to the location of future Cherry Street for pre-loading.

Above: This map shows construction truck routes post June 2020.

 Temporary Utilities

Temporary utilities will be installed on Commissioners Street in June, followed by the removal of existing utilities along Commissioners Street.

WHAT TO EXPECT

There should be no disruptions to the power or water supply for local businesses.

 

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Minimizing Construction Impacts

To create a new, kilometre-long river valley, renaturalized river mouth and spillway, we’ll excavate 1.4 million cubic metres of soil — that’s enough to fill the Rogers Centre. We plan on reusing as much of this soil as possible on site. We’ll also rebuild sections of the Don Roadway, Cherry and Commissioners Street and remove portions of Villiers Street. And we’ll raise grades on the new Villiers Island and east of the Don Roadway by one to three metres. 

This is a seven-year construction project – and one of the largest infrastructure projects in Toronto’s history.  

During the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Environmental Assessment, the project team identified potential impacts from this construction. The team has now developed a series of plans to manage these impacts. Following these Environmental Management Plans will allow us to minimize impacts to the environment during and after construction. As construction progresses, these plans may be modified to reflect new information or challenges encountered on the construction site.  

To make the details of these plans easier to find and understand, we’ve summarized each plan. Those summaries are available here: 

Air Quality and Noise Monitoring Plan 

Groundwater Management Plan

Odour Management Plan

Soil Management Plan

Surface Water Management Plan

Our team is currently developing a Traffic Management Plan, in collaboration with the City of Toronto, to ensure that any road closures or diversions are coordinated with other nearby construction projects and the needs of everyone using the roads.

Do you have a concern, complaint or question about construction? Click here to submit your inquiry to the project team.

Construction Schedule

Construction in the Port Lands started in 2017 and will be done in 2024. Click here to see what’s coming up over the next few months. We’ll continue to adjust our construction sequencing and timing to account for factors like nearby construction and coordination with our partners. Watch a video showing the current construction schedule here. Find out more about what we’re building here.

Construction Liaison Committee (CLC)

The Port Lands Flood Protection Construction Liaison Committee (CLC) is made up of local residents and businesses. Members meet regularly with the project team to discuss construction activities and updates. The committee is tasked with bringing forward questions, concerns and feedback from the communities they represent. They work closely with the project team and construction manager, EllisDon, to ensure surrounding communities are aware of upcoming construction and help the project team manage any potential construction impacts.

Interested in getting involved? Email us.

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Protecting the Environment

How we will undo the negative effects of industrial activities while protecting the lake and river.

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Soil Management and Treatment

How we'll clean the soil that is excavated in the Port Lands.

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How We're Digging a New River in the Port Lands

Learn how a new path for the Don River will let the water move more naturally, giving floodwaters a safe path into Lake Ontario.

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Meet Rocky

Rocky is a rock ripping bucket. On this project, he’ll dig as deep as three metres in to bedrock to create slurry walls along the edges of the future river valley.

Meet Rocky
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