College Streetscaping Improvement Project Update

The College Promenade Business Improvement Area (BIA) approved a streetscape project that broke ground in early July 2016. The project included replacing the existing curb and sidewalks with decorative pavers on College St. between Shaw St. and Havelock St; TTC accessibility improvements; new side-street parkettes; light fixtures; additional trees; plantings; bike rings; and public art.

In October 2016, the City terminated its contract with the contractor following several issues associated with the project. Earlier in May, City Council voted to ban the contractor from any City of Toronto tender calls as a General Contractor or Sub-Contractor, until February 8, 2020. The City of Toronto, hired a new contractor and will re-start the streetscape improvements on College Street West between Shaw Street and Havelock Street this month on June 19, 2017. Work is expected to be completed by October 2017.

Unlike 2016, this work will be staged into blocks to allow for on-street parking in areas where work is not taking place and to minimize disruptions to residents and businesses. Pedestrian access to businesses and residences will remain open at all times, with some adjustments around work areas. College St will be limited to one lane only in work areas only and the TTC streetcar service will be replaced with buses through the work area. 

You can view the construction notice for this project here. The you can also view an FAQ sheet with more detailed information by clicking here.

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