Rush-hour traffic backups are far from over on Jarvis St., even though the water main project creating them is supposed to wrap up soon.
We reported last week on the chaos on Jarvis, from south of Queen St. to Dundas St., caused by lane reductions for water main replacement that began last spring, and condo construction occupying the northbound curb lane at Dundas.
Our column included an explanation from the city that the century-old water main under Jarvis — a key rush-hour route in and out of downtown — had to be replaced, and that the job should wrap up any day now.
That caught the eagle eye of David Crawford, who deals with streetscape matters for the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association and keeps us in the loop on issues in his community.
Crawford sent a note saying, “I suggest you get geared up for a flood (pardon the expression) of emails because the 2019 season will bring this work south of Queen, all the way to Queens Quay.
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“As you know, lower Jarvis is solid with traffic every day, south of Front St., so it will be ‘fun’ when this is underway.”
His note underscores that there is no end to the misery for drivers caused by construction, whether it’s water mains, lane-hogging condo projects or road maintenance.
And there is nothing to be done about it but grumble. Replacement of aging water pipes is essential, as are road improvements, while condo construction in Toronto continues at an incredible pace.
If drivers thought that clearing the intersection at Dundas was bad in recent months, wait until work commences south of Queen. There’s much more of a traffic pinch point south of Front, at the Gardiner Expressway on-ramp, than between Queen and Dundas.
It’ll turn the rush-hour drive down Jarvis into a tedious crawl, before drivers join the afternoon gridlock on the Gardiner to escape the downtown core.
And it will be no fun.
STATUS: City spokesperson Susan Pape sent us an email confirming “two planned projects to renew the city’s aging infrastructure south of Queen. The first project is between Queen and Front for water main replacement and road resurfacing work and is expected to start in late 2019 with a carry over to 2020. The city is still working to finalize the construction delivery plan, and the specific impact to traffic and lane occupancy has yet to be confirmed. The second project is on lower Jarvis, between The Esplanade and Queens Quay, to replace the water main. The start date is not confirmed as the city is working to finalize the engineering design and co-ordinate the project with other planned construction in the area.” Pape went on to say that “the city takes a balanced and co-ordinated approach to construction to minimize the impact to residents, businesses and the travelling public as best as possible.” No matter how you cut it, there’s lots of agony to come, and it is likely to continue for a couple years.
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