The SLNA learned late on Thursday that the City has halted the reconstruction of Wellington Street between Church and Yonge Streets until April 2022. The project resumed at a brisk pace this spring, but has slowed markedly in recent days.
Unfortunately, the approval process has not been able to keep pace with the construction process, and the contractor has run out of work. This time, it is Toronto Hydro’s approval of the placement of street lighting and traffic signal poles and infrastructure that has not yet been finalized.
The contractor began demobilizing the site on Friday. Material and equipment is being removed until next spring. The remaining work is expected to take three months to complete.
This is most regrettable, and an indication that this complex project, discussion and planning of which has been ongoing for over ten years, is still not working as well as the neighbourhood has a right to expect.
It is regrettable because a portion of our neighbourhood will remain torn up for yet another summer …and winter …and spring.
It is regrettable because the hundreds of thousands of dollars of additional cost resulting from this latest delay could be much better spent on almost anything else – adding more heritage lighting being just one of them.
A smidgeon of a silver lining… This will allow eight or more restaurants on Wellington and Front Streets to open their CafeTO patios for the full season. They do deserve a break. Regrettable that it had to come this way.
While this specific decision may be irreversible, SLNA will nevertheless be reaching out to both City Council and Staff for another round of discussions directed toward improving the outcomes for future projects of this nature. We will keep you informed.
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Next SLNA Meeting
The next monthly SLNA Community Meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. This meeting will be hosted on Zoom. See link below and Agenda to follow.