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: February 21, 2020

Starting Monday February 24 until Friday February 28, the northbound lanes of Cherry Street between Commissioners Street and Polson Street will be reduced to one lane. This is to accommodate tree clearing. Equipment will intermittently cross the Martin Goodman Trail on Cherry Street. A flagperson will control traffic at these locations, giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists.

Crews are also transporting soil from the river valley excavation to the location of new Cherry Street, just west of existing Cherry Street. They will use this soil to prepare that area for road construction. Additional soil is being stockpiled on Cousins Quay at the location of the former Marine Terminal 35 building.

Trucks will cross west at the traffic signals at the intersection of Cherry and Commissioners Streets.

From late February through May 2020, there will be traffic intermittently crossing the Lower Don Recreational Trail. Signs will be installed on the trail to alert cyclists to possible truck crossing. A flagperson will control traffic at these locations, giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists.

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.

What to expect during these road closures:

  • TTC stops along Commissioners Street will be relocated to Villiers and Saulter Streets.
  • The Lower Don Trail will be closed between Villiers and Commissioners Streets. Cyclists diverted from Commissioners Street can use shared lanes on Villiers Street to access the Martin Goodman Trail on Cherry Street, west of Don Roadway.
  • Those travelling south on Don Roadway can access Cherry Street to the west or Saulter Street to the east via Villiers Street.

Note: There will be no on-street parking on Villiers Street when it reopens.

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 the overall schedule. Watch the latest animation of the 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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