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

 

Traffic Notice: Truck Crossing on Martin Goodman Trail, May – July 2021

Starting in May 2021 until July 2021 on weekdays, trucks will intermittently cross the Martin Goodman Trail on the east side of Cherry Street, between Polson Street and the Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Signs are installed on the trail to alert cyclists and pedestrians to possible truck crossing
  • A flagperson will control traffic, giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists
  • The trail will be cleaned as required

A map showing the location where trucks will cross the Martin Goodman Trail

Above: This map shows where trucks will cross the Martin Goodman Trail.

 

Traffic Notice: Lane Restrictions on the Martin Goodman Trail, April to November 2021

Starting in April, expect intermittent lane closures on the Martin Goodman Trail between Parliament Street and Cherry Street. One lane will always remain open. Signs and flagpersons will direct east-west pedestrian and cyclist traffic. Whenever it is safe, priority will be given to the pedestrians and cyclists. As the work progresses, the path will be cleaned and patch-paved for safety. These closures are needed as we finish work on utilities beneath the new Cherry Street.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Lane restriction: The Martin Goodman Trail will be reduced to a single lane only for periods of 1-2 days at a time
  • Closures will shift between eastbound and westbound lanes
  • Delays: Cyclists and pedestrians will be prioritized when safe, but expect some wait time
  • Construction dust and noise

Above: This map shows the section of the Martin Goodman Trail (MGT) where closures will occur between March-November 2021, and the location of signage and flagpersons.  

Truck crossing at Lower Don Trail 

Starting in March and continuing through spring 2021, construction vehicles will intermittently cross the Lower Don Recreational Trail on weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. See map below for truck routes. Currently, no work is scheduled on weekends. Crews will be clearing trees and preparing the area for excavation. This is the future Sediment and Debris Management Area west of Don Roadway and north of Lake Shore Boulevard (see map below). Widening and deepening the Don River at this location is a critical part of our design for flood protection.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Signs are 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 where trucks will cross the Lower Don Trail. 

 

ROAD WORK

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.

Future Road Work  

Cherry Street will be realigned west of its current path and connected to a new bridge over the Keating Channel. The existing Cherry Street and lift bridge will remain open until we can open new Cherry Street and the new Cherry Street Bridge.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Trucks will haul material from the north side of the future alignment of Cherry Street, along Lake Shore Boulevard, south on existing Cherry Street and into the site north of the Ship Channel.
  • Crews will increase street cleaning using water trucks to reduce dust.

 

See all construction notices issued for this project here.  To sign up to receive these notices, send us an email.

 

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.

image of a truck and construction equipment on the quay

Protecting the Environment

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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

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Found Objects in the Port Lands

We’re excavating 1.4 million cubic metres of soil. In the process, we’re uncovering some remnants of the area’s past.

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Looking west over cherry street lakefilling