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Construction Of Pedestrian Promenade Along Queen’s Quay To Start Next Year

The Queen’s Quay revitalization project received the green light this week from the province.

Waterfront Toronto’s plan is to transform the busy traffic corridor at the city’s central lake front into a more pedestrian-friendly area by reducing street space and increasing green space by creating a “linear park”.

The provincial government approved an environmental assessment Monday that allows construction to begin on the centerpiece of the city’s waterfront revitalization strategy.

The design — a joint project between West 8 and du Toit Allsopp Hillier — will see traffic reduced to one lane in each direction. Vehicular traffic will move along the north side and a tree-lined granite pedestrian promenade will run on the south side from Parliament to Spadina. The dedicated TTC tracks will run down the middle, in their current location.

Landscaping in the area will be kicked up significantly to increase the already vibrant tone of the area. Many new trees will be planted along the pedestrian promenade and the Martin Goodman Trail will be upgraded.

Planners are still studying traffic management and construction phasing to decide where the first 800-metres of work will start on the street. That construction is expected to start early next year and the work will take approximately a year and a half to complete and will cost $48 million. Waterfront Toronto, an agency set up by the federal, provincial and municipal governments, is covering that initial cost.

The rest of the project will roll out as funding permits.

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