Notice: O-Train Confederation Line Lanes Reopening on Queen Street for Winter

This notice is to advise that, as part of the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project, lanes will be reopening on Queen Street as the Queen Street Renewal project shuts down for the winter season.

WHAT: Since the spring, Queen Street has been limited to one-way eastbound traffic between Lyon Street and O’Connor Street, and has been closed from Lyon Street to Bay Street, to facilitate the Queen Street Renewal project and construction of Confederation Line stations.

Starting next week, lanes will be reopening in both segments while construction is halted for the winter.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 – Two-way traffic will resume between Lyon Street and O’Connor Street.

First week of December 2016 – Between Lyon Street and Bay Street, Queen Street will reopen to one-way eastbound traffic. One lane will remain closed to accommodate Lyon Station construction.

Lane closures could be in effect again when the winter season is over and the streetscaping project resumes.

WHY: Queen Street between Bay and O’Connor Streets has been undergoing a complete streetscaping to improve pedestrian, cycling and vehicle infrastructure to better meet the needs of light rail along the Queen Street corridor.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS

  • A signed detour will remain in place for westbound traffic between Lyon Street and Bay Street. Curbside uses along Queen Street (parking, loading zones) will be permitted in accordance with posted signage.

PEDESTRIAN & CYCLIST IMPACTS

  • The pedestrian crosswalk on the north side of the Queen/O’Connor intersection will be closed, with pedestrians detoured via the other three crosswalks.
  • Though there are no specific cycling facilities on Queen Street, cyclists will again be permitted to travel westbound between Lyon Street and O’Connor Street.

TRANSIT IMPACTS

RESIDENTIAL & BUSINESS IMPACTS

  • All regular access to residential and business premises will remain in place.