Construction on Bloor Street to Restart May 5

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Example of old temporary asphalt and planters to be replaced

The Bloor Street West road and sidewalk work will restart on May 5 with two crews working simultaneously at each end of the work area: one finishing off elements from Landowne Avenue going east, and the other starting sidewalk reconstruction on the south side from Montrose Avenue (by Christie Pits Park) going west.  Expect lane reductions, parking restrictions and traffic delays (sorry!).

This year’s work will again include:

  • repair existing road base, curb and sidewalks (as required)
  • replace existing elevated tree planters with tree pits
  • add “bump outs” of widened sidewalk area on some side streets with additional decorative treatments
  • grind the existing pavement and resurface the roadway

We expect all the road work to be completed by July 25, 2014.  Additional streetscape upgrades east of Dufferin Street, including  special pavers, seat walls, trees, bike racks and the Bickford Centre driveway, will be completed in early Fall 2014.

Trees to be Removed

You can expect to see the remaining streets trees in planters west of  in the work area to be removed in the next few weeks. While we are sad to see any  trees cut down, we will start planting 159 new healthy elm, maple and locust trees starting in late May.  There will be a total increase of 49 street trees.  The new trees will be planted at sidewalk level with concrete covers and decorative iron tree protections.  The removal of the old planters will provide more sidewalk space and these improved conditions will encourage a long and healthy future for these trees.

Reminders for business owners:

  • Please label your curbside waste collection bins with your address.
  • Please remove any privately owned items from the sidewalk area. The City will not be responsible for damage to
    any privately owned items installed on City property.

  • Expect limited access to street front entrances during sidewalk excavation and concrete installation. Contractors will notify your business prior to starting in front of your entrance.

Again, your co-operation and patience during the construction period is crucial and appreciated. 

 

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