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August 22, 2013
Construction to replace Yonge Street watermain begins August 23
Starting August 23, the City of Toronto will begin work to replace the Yonge Street watermain, which has reached the end of its service life, from Finch Avenue to Sheppard Avenue. The project is expected to be completed by May 2014.

Work will typically take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Work at signalized intersections and on most water service connections (the pipes that deliver water to individual properties) will be completed at night, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Various sections of the southbound curb lane will be closed for the duration of the project. A second southbound lane will also be closed to accommodate the work zone during the hours of construction.

Phase 1 of the construction is from August 23 until approximately early December 2013. During this phase, the southbound curb lane of Yonge Street between Finch Avenue and Kingsdale Avenue will be closed.

Phase 2 of the construction is from October 1, 2013 to approximately March 2014, with road restoration work extending to May 2014. During this phase, the southbound curb lane of Yonge Street from Kingsdale Avenue to Sheppard Avenue will be closed.

This will leave one lane open for southbound traffic at all times and two lanes open for southbound traffic at night and during morning rush hour.

Additionally, the northbound curb lane will be closed periodically between Finch Avenue and Sheppard Avenue throughout the project. This is primarily to allow the construction of water service connections.

To ease traffic impacts, traffic signal timing at intersections will be adjusted and left turn advance signals will be installed at some locations. Motorists are encouraged to use public transit and take alternate routes during construction. Alternate routes include Bathurst Street, Senlac Road, Beecroft Road, Willowdale Avenue and Bayview Avenue.

In the past decade, this cast iron watermain (installed in the 1950s) has had more than 20 breaks that required repair along Yonge Street between Sheppard Avenue and Finch Avenue. Replacing the watermain will help ensure uninterrupted water service to residents and businesses. This is an extensive project, replacing 2.3 kilometers of watermain. The current 250-mm diameter watermain, located along the west side of Yonge Street will be replaced with a 300-mm diameter pipe.

"The City of Toronto is committed to working aggressively to repair and maintain the City’s extensive infrastructure," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "The watermain replacement project along Yonge Street ensures long-term reliable service and makes good economic sense. It is more cost effective to replace the existing watermain than continue to repair unexpected breaks that result in water service disruptions, inconvenience for road users and potential property damage."

Additional information on the project and maps are available at

A community update meeting to explain the timing, phasing and impacts of the project will be held:
Tuesday, September 3
7 to 8:30 p.m.
North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 5100 Yonge St.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Ellen Leesti, Senior Communications Co-ordinator
Strategic Communications



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