By Will Soutter
The renovation program of Queens Quay which is the main waterfront street of Toronto has begun. As part of the renovation program, a 1.5 km stretch starts from Lower Spadina Ave to Bay St. The project will also add various features which will make Queens Quay an important tourist destination in Toronto. The overall cost of construction is estimated at $110 million.
Construction will be carried out in three stages and will be managed by Eastern Construction on behalf of Waterfront Toronto. The first stage will involve the upgrading of all important facilities such as Bell, Enbridge and Hydro and the construction of new sanitary and storm sewers. Under this stage, the TTC right-of-way will be removed to be realigned and reconstructed and new tracks will be installed. The second stage will entail construction of a new roadway and sidewalks and curbs made of granite which will be additionally decorated with planted trees and other finishes. This stage is expected to be completed by the summer of 2013. The third stage includes the construction of the Martin Goodman Trail and the granite pedestrian promenade. The final phase is expected to be completed by the first half of 2014. All the major works are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014 and the final planting of trees will be done by the spring of 2015.
The design has been formulated by Waterfront Toronto in close collaboration with the Waterfront BIA and the residents over a period of two years. The working group and construction Liaison Committee consisted of representatives from the condos of Queens Quay and local businesses where regular input was provided for the design.