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

Work on the Port Lands Flood Protection and Lake Shore Boulevard East projects has impacts on Lake Shore Boulevard, Gardiner Expressway, Cherry and Commissioners Streets, cycling facilities on Lake Shore Boulevard East and the Lower Don Trail. Below are up-to-date details on closures and detours,

For recent or upcoming public meetings about construction, click here.

To read FAQs about the Lake Shore Boulevard East Project, click here.

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January 11, 2022

Construction on Lake Shore Boulevard East

The Gardiner-Logan ramp removal is now complete. Full closures of Lake Shore Boulevard East are no longer required.

Now that the ramps are removed, the most eastern access point to and from the Gardiner Expressway is at Jarvis Street. The realigned Gardiner and new ramps east of Cherry Street are in design now and construction is tentatively scheduled to start in 2026. The City of Toronto will share more information regarding ramp realignment and construction starting after the completion of this project as it becomes available. You can find updates on the City’s Gardiner East project here.

Upcoming Work: Lane diversions on Lake Shore Boulevard East between Cherry Street and Carlaw Avenue, End of January 2022-December 2024

Starting in late January 2022, traffic on Lake Shore Boulevard East between Cherry Street and Carlaw Avenue will be diverted to the north side of the road, and in the median east of Don Roadway. This lane configuration will change a few times over the next two years to enable works. Updates will be provided through future construction notices.

These lane diversions are needed while we rebuild the Lake Shore Bridge over the Don River, and rebuild Lake Shore Boulevard East between Don Roadway and Carlaw Avenue, including upgraded sidewalk and bike facilities. Lengthening the Lake Shore Bridge is a critical element of our design to protect this area from flooding. Widening the bridge makes more room for people who cycle and walk and new green space while still moving vehicular traffic.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

See a static diagram of the lane diversions shown in the this video here.

  • Starting in late January, Lake Shore Boulevard East will be reduced to two lanes eastbound and one lane westbound between Cherry Street and Don Roadway.
  • West of Carlaw Avenue to Don Roadway, there will be two westbound lanes. Driving west on Lake Shore Boulevard, approaching Don Roadway, the right lane becomes a dedicated turn lane onto the Don Valley Parkway.
  • Between Don Roadway and Carlaw Avenue, lanes shift to the north, using part of the westbound lanes and the median to provide two eastbound lanes.
  • Lane diversions will be marked using traffic barrels and signage and flagpersons will help direct traffic where necessary.

Please note these dates are anticipated based on current information, and subject to change due to changes in construction schedule, weather, or unforeseen circumstances.

For an overview of the Lake Shore Boulevard East project, click here.

Ongoing Work: Lane Diversions at Cherry Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East Intersection

To realign Cherry Street, we began work at the intersection of Cherry Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East in mid-October. This work at the Lake Shore Boulevard East and Cherry Street intersection is expected to be complete in early 2022.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • One lane eastbound and one lane westbound on Lake Shore Boulevard at the intersection of Cherry Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East
  • 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. Cyclists and pedestrians will be prioritized when safe, but may experience some wait time.

Above: This map shows the location of the intersection improvements.

Full closure of Don Roadway south of Lake Shore Boulevard: November 30, 2021

To construct permanent flood protection along Don Roadway and rebuild the road, Don Roadway will be closed south of Lake Shore Boulevard starting at 7 a.m. on November 30, 2021.

Above: This map shows the available routes through the Port Lands as of December 2021. Recommended routes to and from the Port Lands and Don Valley Parkway are described below.

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

  • Traffic coming southbound off the Don Valley Parkway will not be able to continue straight into the Port Lands, and there is no left-turn on to Cherry Street from Lake Shore Boulevard westbound. To access the Port Lands from the DVP:
    • Turn left on to Lake Shore Boulevard eastbound
    • Turn right on Saulter Street (access is also available via Bouchette Street, Logan Avenue, or Carlaw Avenue)
    • Turn right on to Villiers Street
    • Turn left on to Cherry Street

 

  • Access to the Don Valley Parkway from the Port Lands will be via Lake Shore Boulevard East:
    • Take Villiers Street eastbound
    • Turn right on to Saulter Street
    • Turn left on to Commissioners Street
    • Turn left on to Carlaw Avenue
    • Turn left on to Lake Shore Boulevard westbound
    • Turn right on to the DVP

Lower Don Trail South of Corktown Common Closed starting January 16, 2021

As part of our plans for flood protection, we need to widen the Don River north of where it meets the Keating Channel. We’re building an area to manage sediment and debris that comes down the river in the area south of Corktown Common. As construction activities increase in this area, the potential for conflicts between cyclists and construction equipment traffic will be a safety concern.  When the Port Lands Flood Protection project is complete in 2024, the trail will be ready to reopen.

Starting Sunday, January 16, the Lower Don Trail will be closed between Corktown Common and Cherry Street. This closure is in addition to the temporary closure of the multi-use trail on Lake Shore Boulevard between Don Roadway and Logan Avenue and the permanent closure of the cycling/pedestrian bridge over the Don River.

A detour route is in place along Mill Street, see map below.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • For cyclists going southbound on the Lower Don Trail destined east or west along the Martin Goodman Trail:
    • Turn right to enter Corktown Common via the underpass
    • Continue west on the bike lane on Mill Street
    • Turn left on to Cherry Street
    • Cross Lake Shore Boulevard to access the Martin Goodman Trail

 

  • For cyclists going eastbound or westbound on the Martin Goodman Trail, destined north along the Lower Don Trail:
    • Cross to the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard as usual. Instead of keeping right towards the Don Rail Yard, keep left towards Cherry Street.
    • Turn right on to the bike lane on Mill Street
    • Continue through Corktown Common
    • Access the Lower Don Trail via the underpass in the southeast corner of Corktown Common

 

  • The Cherry Street and Lake Shore Boulevard intersection is being reworked to simplify movements east and west for cyclists. Those upgrades will be complete by early February and the crossing will be controlled by flagpersons until then. A simplification of the north and south crossing of Lake Shore Boulevard at Cherry Street will be complete in the spring.

 

Lower Don Trail Cycling/Pedestrian Bridge, Permanent Closure starting December 13, 2021

The cycling/pedestrian bridge over the Don River has been removed. The multi-use trail along Lake Shore Boulevard between Don Roadway and Logan Avenue are currently closed.

A detour route is in place along Carlaw Avenue, Commissioners Street, Saulter Street, Villiers Street, and Cherry Street.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • For cyclists going westbound on the multi-use trail along Lake Shore Boulevard:
    • Turn left on to the multi-use trail on the east side of Carlaw Avenue.
    • Turn right on to the bike lane on Commissioners Street on the westbound green light.
    • Turn right on to the bike lane on the west side of Saulter Street.
    • Turn left on to bike lane on the north side of Villiers Street.
    • Turn right on to the multi-use trail on the west side of Cherry Street.
  • For cyclists going eastbound from the Martin Goodman Trail:
    • At the intersection of Cherry Street and Villiers Street, turn left on to the bike lane on Villiers Street.
    • Turn right on to the bike lane on Saulter Street.
    • Turn left on to the bike lane on Commissioners Street.
    • Turn left on to the multi-use trail on the east side of Carlaw Avenue.
    • Cross Lake Shore Boulevard using the bike signal and turn right on to the multi-use trail on Lake Shore Boulevard.

 

 

A map showing the cycling detour routes

Above: A map showing the cycling detour routes around the closure of the Lower Don Trail between Corktown Common and Cherry Street and the closure of the multi-use trail along Lake Shore Boulevard between Don Roadway and Logan Avenue. See a larger version of this map here.

We’ll continue to provide updates in future construction notices.

 

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.

 

See all construction notices issued for this project here.

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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

We recognize the challenges and inconveniences construction presents to local communities. While some construction projects cannot be changed or delayed, we minimize impacts as best we can.

Here are some of the ways we’re reducing construction impacts for the Lake Shore Boulevard East project:

• Coordinating with the City of Toronto and outside agencies such as Metrolinx and Toronto Hydro to identify their construction needs and avoid overlapping road closures
• Changes to lane configuration and traffic signal timing to keep traffic moving
• Reconstruction at certain intersections and ramps to the Gardiner Expressway to improve the flow of traffic during construction

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

Construction Schedule

Construction on the Port Lands Flood Protection project started in 2017 and will be done in 2024. 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 this video showing the current construction schedule. Find out more about what we’re building.

Construction on the Lake Shore Boulevard East project starts August 31, 2021, at 9 p.m. with the removal of the physical Gardiner ramps to Logan Avenue. Concrete breaking/crushing work will happen only on weekends between the hours of 7 a.m.-11 p.m.  This is scheduled for completion in October 2021. Work will then start on Lake Shore Boulevard in November 2021. Lake Shore Boulevard East is not expected to close again once the Gardiner ramps are removed. Construction will be complete in 2024. Find road and detour maps to help you get around during construction.

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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