I’ve heard from many of you about the construction on Adelaide Street, and I share your concerns about the safety and accessibility of the street while work is happening. I am pleased to share a few updates as I continue to work with city staff for better in the circumstances.
I’ve heard from many of you about the construction on Adelaide Street, and I share your concerns about the safety and accessibility of the street while work is happening. Whether you're walking, cycling, or driving, it’s a major road that many residents and people across the city use to get to work and home, to meet with friends and neighbours, and to make the most of summer in the city.
The construction project encompasses three infrastructure improvements aimed at enhancing cyclist safety, improving traffic management, ensuring clean drinking water delivery, and maintaining TTC streetcar service during the Ontario Line construction.
I continue to work with city staff to:
- Minimize disruptions during construction
- Improve safety on Adelaide and in the surrounding areas
- Improve signage onsite
- Communicate with residents and road users about construction, what we can expect, etc.
I’m pleased to share a few updates, and to continue to push for better in the circumstances.
Cycle Track Access
I understand that the cycle track closures have been frustrating and left cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers feeling unsafe. I am happy to share that in response to your concerns and feedback, we have collaborated with staff to partially open the new cycling track on the north side of Adelaide Street from Bathurst Street to York Street. Construction crews are diligently working to remove existing pavement markings, modify traffic signals and protected left turn signals for motor vehicles, and install concrete curbs for the week of July 10th.
University Ave to Church St will be restricted to one-lane of shared traffic starting the week of July 10th. We are working closely with staff on options for alternate routes that would allow cyclists to continue to ride safely through Toronto’s downtown core. I will share news on this soon.
Parking restrictions are in place throughout the entire construction area, from Bathurst Street to York Street. I have taken note of residents' requests for additional enforcement. The Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) is currently bagging and relocating all parking machines in the area. If you come across a vehicle illegally parked or stopped in a cycling lane, please report it to Toronto Parking Enforcement at 416-808-6600.
Signage and Alerting on Additional Concerns
My office is committed to addressing residents' concerns and have been working closely with City staff, Transportation Services' Cycling Group, and the subcontractor. We have emphasized the importance of maintaining proper signage in and around the construction area, keeping the streets clear of debris and obstacles for cyclists, and ensuring the presence of flagmen to direct vehicles appropriately at intersections. Please report any concerns on these issues to 311.
For more detailed information and to sign up for regular updates about the progress of the Adelaide Street construction project, please visit the City’s dedicated webpage: Adelaide Street Construction – City of Toronto.
And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at [email protected] or by calling 416 392 4044.