Creating a safe, interim connection for cyclists and pedestrians traveling from Yonge Street into East Bayfront.
Waterfront Toronto is working to improve pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure in two locations along Queens Quay East. Working with a design from West 8 + DTAH, and in coordination with construction underway on Queens Quay in the Central Waterfront, Waterfront Toronto is building a new stretch of Martin Goodman Trail and sidewalk on the south side of Queens Quay between Yonge Street and Lower Jarvis Street. Improvements are also being made to the on-street bicycle lanes east of Jarvis Street through to the Parliament Street intersection.
When complete, the interim improvements in these two locations will help bridge the gap for pedestrians and cyclists until the full vision for Queens Quay can be built out east of Bay Street and into East Bayfront.
Construction is underway on a 480 metre long stretch of Martin Goodman Trail and 546 metres of new or improved sidewalk on the south side of Queens Quay between Yonge Street and Lower Jarvis Street. A 3.8 metre wide buffer zone will be installed between the road and the 3.2 metre wide trail to protect cyclists from vehicular traffic. The new Martin Goodman Trail and sidewalk is expected to open in early 2013.
As part of this project, Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto will make improvements to on-street bicycle lanes from Lower Jarvis Street east to Parliament Street. The plan reconfigures the roadway to add a 0.8 metre buffer zone between traffic and the bike lanes on both the north and south sides of Queens Quay.
This buffer zone, and new surfacing along the route, will make for a much more enjoyable and safe cycling experience along this section of Queens Quay. In addition, improvements will also be made at the Parliament Street intersection to enable cyclists to more easily navigate the area. When East Bayfront development allows, Waterfront Toronto will build the off-street Martin Goodman Trail and pedestrian promenade on the south side of Queens Quay.
The transition from the southside Martin Goodman Trail to on-street bicycle lanes on Queens Quay has been designed to be seamless for cyclists.
There are two zones where cyclists transition to on-street bike lanes:
Length: 480 metres of new Martin Goodman Trail; 546 metres of new or improved sidewalk; 810 metres of improved bicycle lanes
Design: West 8 + DTAH
Construction: Eastern Construction/Somerville Construction
Timing: Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
While working in this area, crews will also undertake a project to reinforce the aging north dockwall at the Jarvis Slip. In addition to updating this piece of marine infrastructure, crews will remove any conflicts from the dockwall’s structure that will impact future utility, transit and landscaping systems planned as part of the revitalization of Queens Quay in East Bayfront. Construction is expected to be complete by Spring 2013.
Construction is now underway to completely revitalize a 1.5 kilometre stretch of Queens Quay in the Central Waterfront. This construction is being coordinated with the interim Martin Goodman Trail and pedestrian connection project between Yonge and Parliament Streets. While the revitalization of Queens Quay has a longer construction timeframe, when both projects are complete, they will connect seamlessly with each other.
Waterfront Toronto held a construction information session for local stakeholders in the area prior to construction. At this meeting, we provided an overview of the design for the project and the context for why these interim improvements are so important. Eastern Construction also provided information about the construction plan. The design and construction presentation are available for review.