The biggest ABC neighbourhood traffic news for 2013 is the renovation of the Bay-Davenport Intersection and connecting streets. After over a decade of delay, work on the intersection has begun and is scheduled for completion by the end of November. The whole intersection is being redesigned: the island removed, the intersection reconfigured as a t-type intersection, the surrounding boulevards and sidewalks widened. The new design optimizes the movement of all modes of transportation – pedestrian, cycling, TTC, and vehicles. The addition of distinctively decorative sidewalks, special lighting, benches, trees, and greenery is going to dress up the intersection and make it a welcoming gateway to the Village of Yorkville. Kudos go to ABC for commissioning an independent engineering study to jumpstart the project and to the Councillor Wong-Tam for shepherding it to fruition. Without her intervention we might be waiting another decade.
The project has not been without controversy. Most contentious has been the removal of the lay-bys on Bay Street north of Bloor - both the transit lay-by at Bloor and the Pusateri lay-by at Yorkville. The Pusateri valet service has been moved to Genoa Lane, essentially behind the store instead of in front of it.
Construction Schedule UPDATE: Sanscon Construction will begin work on April 14th.
The scheduled completion date is May 16th, 2014.
NOTE: The start date to complete the reconstruction of Bay Street, Davenport Road and Yorkville Avenue has been delayed by one week.
The revised start date is now April 21, 2014.
Jay Barich, P.Eng., Manager, Construction Administration
MMM Group Limited
2655 North Sheridan Way, Suite 300, Mississauga, ON Canada L5K 2P8
t: 905.823.8500x1237 | f: 905.823.8503 BarichJ@mmm.ca | www.mmm.ca
Work on Yorkville Avenue will require the closure of Yorkville Avenue from Yonge Street to Bay Street (Local traffic only) for two weeks in order to lay down paving stones.
Work on Bay Street will require the closure of the northbound and southbound curb lanes for a period of 5 weeks from Bloor Street to Cumberland in order to complete the sidewalk granite stone work.
The contractor is also scheduled to work on Saturdays including April 19th (Easter weekend), April 26th, May 3rd and May 10th.