The closure at King and Spadina is over and Richmond Street is once again open past Bay, but trying to navigate many of downtown’s arterial routes is still an obstacle course of orange cones and backhoes. We checked out some of the longest-running inconveniences to help find a way through this construction maze.
1. Dufferin Street (from Peel to Dundas)
June 17–Nov. 30.
Three lanes closed for road construction and water main and sewer work.
2. Bloor Street (from Montrose to Bathurst)
Aug. 14–Oct. 24.
Down to one lane in both directions for (much needed) resurfacing.
3. Avenue Road (from Bloor to Davenport)
June 10–Aug. 31.
Various lanes closed for utility cuts and resurfacing. This, of course, comes after the two-year construction project to replace the sewer along Avenue Road, from Bloor to Lawrence.
4. Yorkville Avenue (from Bay to Yonge)
July 22–Oct. 25.
Local traffic only during ongoing road restructuring.
5. Mount Pleasant Road (at Bloor)
July 5–Nov. 30.
6. Dufferin Street (at the Gardiner)
June 12, 2013–Dec. 31, 2014.
Bridge over the Gardiner closed to traffic for safety issues—pedestrian and cyclist access only.
7. Gardiner Expressway (from York to Parliament)
March 2013–indefinitely (the city says 18 months for Jarvis to Don Roadway, but come on).
Ongoing repair work that, realistically, will probably never end until the whole thing is torn down.
8. Nelson Street (from Duncan to John)
July 15, 2013–Jan. 15, 2014.
9. University and York
April 28–Sept. 3.
Cut and cover for underground pedestrian walkway.
10. Colborne Street (from Leader to Church)
April 17–Oct. 17.
11. Front Street (Parliament to Jarvis)
July 7–Aug. 30.
Toronto Hydro working underground.
12. Queens Quay (from Spadina to Bay)
Oct. 2012–fall 2013 (and beyond).
No eastbound lanes; no streetcars.
13. York Street (from Wellington to Queen)
June 24–Nov. 29.
14. Bay Street (at Front)
Feb. 2–Dec. 31 (and beyond).
Reduced to one lane in each direction and subject to all manner of random stoppages due to the ongoing Union Station renovation.
15. Bay Street (at the Gardiner)
Nightly lane closures and occasional nightly on-ramp closure.
1,400: Total kilometres of roadwork to be completed by the start of the 2015 Pan Am Games.
158: Kilometres of road affected by Transportation Services work this year.
375: Kilometres of road affected by Toronto Water work this year.
331: Kilometres of road affected by Toronto Hydro work this year.
309: Kilometres of road affected by communications work this year.
275,000: Approximate number of potholes fixed in 2010.
242,000: Approximate number of potholes fixed in 2011.
175,000: Approximate number of potholes fixed in 2012.
$25: Average cost of fixing a pothole.
Which construction sites are causing the greatest headaches for you? Let us know in the comments section below.