The ambitious revitalization of Queens Quay requires that, as of Monday, the eastbound lanes be closed for quite some time.
Remember Waterfront Toronto’s ambitious, $110 million plan to expand Queens Quay into a wide pedestrian thoroughfare, complete with bike lanes, a streetcar corridor, and only two lanes of vehicle traffic? Well, construction got underway in June and starting Monday, Nov. 5, you won’t be able to travel eastbound on Queens Quay for a few months.
Today, the City released details that the eastbound stretch of Queens Quay from Lower Spadina to Bay Street will be closed to traffic until sometime “next spring.”
Cars heading east will be diverted north to Lake Shore Boulevard (the TTC’s 509 Harbourfront replacement buses will travel along Lake Shore Boulevard as well), but westbound traffic will not be affected.
The entire project is expected to be completed in 2015. Chris Glaisek, Waterfront Toronto’s vice-president of planning and design, famously claimed that the plan will transform the lakefront thoroughfare into “Toronto’s Champs Elysees.” But maybe we should wait until Louis Vuitton moves in before we make that title official.