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Toronto neighbourhood facing yet another major street closure due to TTC construction

One of Toronto's most frustrating intersections will remain a mess of construction for at least another few months, with the ongoing King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles (KQQR) project now set to continue inconveniencing transit users, pedestrians, and motorists until December.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 6, Roncesvalles Avenue is closed to through traffic, from Queen Street West to Harvard Street, to accommodate the third phase of construction for the drawn-out KQQR project.

The latest closure marks the two-year anniversary of the intersection's "temporary" shutdown.

Construction has reduced the intersection to a confusing headache since Sept. 2020, and the project was initially scheduled to conclude in Aug. 2022 after just shy of two years.

Of course, things don't always go as planned for the TTC, and thanks to a combination of delays, adverse weather, as well as labour and supply chain issues attributed to lockdowns, the project's second-stage completion target was deferred, and work is now only entering its third phase.

The third construction stage commenced Tuesday, requiring yet another closure of Roncesvalles Avenue.

During this phase, the TTC will undertake several tasks including the replacement of streetcar poles and overhead wires, track work including upgrades to lighting, platforms, and curbs, as well as road reconstruction.

The constant road construction and closures have pushed local businesses to the brink. In 2021, the owner of local haunt Easy Breakfast spoke to blogTO about the never-ending road closures impacting their business, saying at the time that "we're not doing that great."

Politicians are also taking notice of the prolonged closures, with City Council candidate Siri Agrell issuing a press release that highlights construction mismanagement as an emerging election issue.

"There's no excuse for a community to experience this repeated level of disruption and mismanagement," said Siri Agrell.

"These closures affect people's lives, kill people's businesses and impact mobility at a time when we should be doing everything we can to support local businesses, help people get back to work and move around safely."

"It is a councillor's job to work with city staff to minimize the impacts of infrastructure projects on their residents and make sure work is done well and on time," said Agrell.

"We also need someone on council who is going to address these issues at their core: why are so many projects dragging on and why are so many RFPs failing, like the recent cancellation of pothole repair work across the city?"

Lead photo by

Jeremy Gilbert

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