Public Information Meetings

 

Latest Meeting: October 6, 2021: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

The Lake Shore Boulevard East project combines some elements of the Port Lands Flood Protection with some elements of the City of Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration projects. It includes removing the Gardiner Expressway ramps to Logan Avenue, rebuilding the bridge over the Don River, and realigning Lake Shore Boulevard from Don Roadway to Carlaw Avenue and adding more green space and bike lanes. Learn more.

Ramp removal is now complete. The next stage of work is rebuilding Lake Shore Boulevard from Don Roadway to Carlaw Avenue.

On October 6 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., we held a live meeting to learn more about the Lake Shore Boulevard East project. There was a live Q&A after the presentations with members from the project team. Jump to Past Meetings to watch the recorded presentations.

About Port Lands Flood Protection

We’re four years into this seven-year project that will re-naturalize the mouth of the Don River and create a new river valley through the Port Lands. When this project is complete, Toronto will have a new island, new parks and green spaces and new roads and bridges – the foundation for future communities just minutes from downtown.

Learn more about what we’re building here.

For more information about the Port Lands Flood Protection, please visit Port Lands 101.

About the Lake Shore Boulevard East project

Changes to the Lake Shore Bridge over the Don River are required as part of both Port Lands Flood Protection and the City of Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration (Gardiner East) project, and the overlapping projects have been combined to reduce the cost and duration of construction. This work includes removing the Logan Ramps at the east end of the Gardiner Expressway, rebuilding the roadway between Cherry St. and Carlaw Ave., new sidewalks, bike facilities and landscaping. Learn more about the Lake Shore Boulevard East project here.

Learn more about the Lake Shore Boulevard East roads and public realm designs.

 

How To Participate

  • Details on how to join the meeting can be found below in our How To Guide.
  • If you are unable to join the live meeting, the materials and presentations will be available on this webpage.
  • A recording of the live Q & A will be available after the meeting.
  • Be respectful. Waterfront Toronto is an inclusive public organization. Profane or abusive language, as well as racist or other forms of discriminatory, prejudicial, or hateful comments and questions will not be tolerated.
  • Be brief and limit yourself to one question or comment at the time, there will be other opportunities to engage.

 

What if I did not get a chance to ask my question during the meeting?

  • You can always send your comments and questions to us at info@waterfrontoronto.ca after the meeting. A member of the project team will contact you with answers to your questions.

 

Will the meeting be recorded? How can I have access to the recording?

  • Yes, the meeting will be recorded. We post recordings of our public meetings on our YouTube channel.

 

How will Staff decide the order of participants who ask questions?

  • Questions will be answered in the order they were received. The moderator will read your question and may skip the ones that have already been answered.

BACKGROUND MATERIALS

What’s happening?

 

  • As of August 31, 2021, the Logan Ramps at the east end of the Gardiner were permanently closed. This work is part of a much larger project to reconfigure the Gardiner, make space for new communities, and improve Lake Shore Boulevard East and create flood protection for the Port Lands.
  • In order to remove the ramps, Lake Shore Boulevard East (from Cherry Street to Carlaw Avenue) has been closed on weekends only in September 2021. These weekend closures will end on October 4, 2021.
  • Additional work to improve Lake Shore Boulevard East will start in November 2021 and is expected to last until 2024. During this phase, Lake Shore Boulevard East will remain open with lane restrictions. There will be two lanes eastbound and one lane westbound open on Lake Shore for the duration of construction.
  • This work will create new space that will accommodate bike lanes, pedestrian paths and a new linear park, and allow for the re-design and naturalization of the Don River, which will be a critical element for future flood protection of the Port Lands.

 

Why is this happening now?

 

  • Removal of the Gardiner/Logan ramp and rebuilding of Lake Shore Boulevard East is approved by City Council as part of the Gardiner East project in 2016. This design for the rehabilitated Gardiner Expressway was determined through an Environmental Assessment that included consultation with members of the public. You can learn more about the City’s Gardiner East project here: Gardiner Expressway & Lake Shore Boulevard East Reconfiguration – City of Toronto
  • Waterfront Toronto is implementing this work now as part of the Port Lands Flood Protection (PLFP) project, which is already under construction.
  • Why now? Both the PLFP and Gardiner East projects require changes to the Lake Shore Bridge over the Don River. Lengthening the Lake Shore Bridge is a critical element of PLFP’s design for flood protection. The Gardiner East design requires that the Lake Shore Bridge be widened to accommodate the expected increase in traffic resulting from the planned removal of the overhead Gardiner/Logan ramps. The wider bridge will also make space for new cycling and pedestrian paths and more landscaping, including a linear park.
  • PLFP is well underway and it’s now time to start widening the Don River north of Lake Shore Boulevard and west of Don Roadway. This means starting work on the Lake Shore Bridge now.
  • To speed up the completion of new public spaces and cycling connections and reduce cost and risk, the City and Waterfront Toronto agreed to incorporate some elements of the approved Gardiner East project into the PLFP project. This means that in addition to lengthening the bridge, we’ll also widen it. At the same time, we’ll remove the Gardiner/Logan ramps and rebuild Lake Shore Boulevard from the Bridge to Carlaw Avenue.
  • Doing this now means one period of construction and traffic disruption instead of one disruption now, followed by more disruption a few years down the road. It also means new cycling connections will be completed several years earlier.

 

What are you doing to reduce traffic?

 

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 Waterfront Toronto, working with the City of Toronto, is 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
  • Fully separated cycling facilities on all detour routes
  • Listening to your feedback and making changes wherever possible to keep improving our plans to minimize disruptions

 

When/where are the new ramps being built?

 

The long-term plan is for the Logan on/off ramps to be replaced with ramps east of Cherry Street as part of the City of Toronto’s ongoing Gardiner East Project. You can learn more about the Gardiner East Project here: Gardiner Expressway & Lake Shore Boulevard East Reconfiguration – City of Toronto.

The City of Toronto will share more information regarding ramp realignment and construction starting after the completion of this project as it becomes available.

 

Are you undoing all the work they just finished on the Gardiner between Jarvis and Cherry Streets?

 

No, that work was completed as part of the Gardiner Rehabilitation. The ramps we are removing are further east.

PAST MEETINGS

We held a live meeting on October 6 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. to learn more about the Port Lands Flood Protection and Lake Shore Boulevard East projects.

At this meeting, we made the following presentations:

  1. What the Future Holds
  2. Project Overview: Port Lands Flood Protection
  3. Project Overview: Lake Shore Boulevard East
  4. Lake Shore Boulevard East Construction Update: Gardiner Ramps
  5. Upcoming Construction Overview: Rebuilding Lake Shore
  6. Closures & Detours: Roads, Cycling and Pedestrian Facilities
  7. What We’ve Heard & How We’ve Responded to Feedback
  8. Next Steps, Q&A

Presentation

Q&A

We held a live meeting on August 5 from 1 – 3 p.m. to learn more about the Port Lands Flood Protection and Lake Shore Boulevard East projects.

At this meeting, we made the following presentations:

  1. Port Lands Flood Protection construction update
  2. Lake Shore Boulevard East project overview and construction timelines

Presentation:

A live Q & A was held during the meeting on August 5. The recording can be viewed below.

Read the meeting summary here.

We held a live meeting on December 4 to learn more about the Port Lands Flood Protection project.

We’re three years into this seven-year project that will renaturalize the mouth of the Don River and create a new river valley through the Port Lands. When this project is complete, Toronto will have a new island, new parks and green spaces and new roads and bridges – the foundation for future communities just minutes from downtown.

At this meeting, we made the following three presentations:

  1. Overall project update from Waterfront Toronto, including construction updates.
  2. Final design update on the river valley and parks from Michael van Valkenburgh and Associates.
  3. Design update for public realm improvements on Lake Shore Boulevard East from West8 and Entuitive.

Read the meeting summary here.