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August 14, 2002
New road improves traffic flow, reconnects Fort York to city
Works and Emergency Services - The opening of Fort York Boulevard,
located off Bathurst Street, north of Lake Shore Boulevard and south of Front
Street, will not only improve traffic in the area but is the first critical
step in reconnecting Fort York to the city of Toronto.

The new road, which was officially opened by Councillor Joe Pantalone at a
ceremony today, is part of a long-term strategy to develop Fort York, a
National Historic Site, into a major cultural destination for both residents
and visitors.

"Fort York Boulevard is a critical step in reconnecting Fort York to the city
and in making the fort a must-see destination for residents and tourists," said
Councillor Pantalone. "The creation of this road will improve traffic flow in
the area and will provide better access for those who wish to see where it all
began for the city of Toronto."

"The opening of this road has created the opportunity for Fort York to showcase
its status as the birthplace of Toronto," said Rita Davies, Managing Director,
Toronto Culture.

The new road runs west of Bathurst Street for 700 metres before merging with
Lake Shore Boulevard.

The City of Toronto purchased Fort York in 1909 and allowed the Canadian army
to use the site until the early 1930s. The City restored the fort between
1932-34 and opened the site as a historic site museum in 1934. Today, the site
is operated as a museum by the city's Culture Division. It is home to Canada's
largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings.

Fact Sheet

Fort York Boulevard:
  • Relieves congestion at the Bathurst/Fleet intersection caused by the extension of the Queens Quay LRT
  • Provides access to the lands slated for redevelopment between Lake Shore Boulevard and the railway lands
  • Provides a "front door" to Fort York
  • Fort York Boulevard runs from Bathurst Street to Lake Shore Boulevard (total of 700 metres in length), with signalized intersections at Bathurst Street, Fleet Street and Lake Shore Boulevard
  • Constructed to a four-lane cross-section
  • On-street bicycle lanes
  • Link to Martin Goodman Bicycle Trail
  • Extensive landscaping including double rows of trees, pedestrian scale lighting, features specific to Fort York
Key Stakeholders:
  • Fort York and the Friends of Fort York
  • Fort York Armouries
  • Property Owners: Blue Circle Materials, Wittington, Molson's, H&R Developments
  • Preliminary Design - Lea Consulting Limited/ DuToit Allsop Hillier
  • Detailed Design - Lea Consulting Limited
  • Contractor - Dufferin Construction
  • Commencement - November 2001
  • Completion - July 2002 (Total Duration - nine months)
Project Details:
  • Total Length - 700 metres
  • 200 trees
  • 66 street and pedestrian scale lights
  • 4.5 metres wide sidewalk on north side (including granite boulevard), south side to be constructed as development proceeds

Media Contact
Steve Johnston,
Sr. Communications Coordinator, Works and Emergency Services,

Jo Ann Pynn,
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, Culture Division,
416-392-6907 Ext. 222



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