Transportation report

May 2017


Construction activities on Port Union set to begin 

By Gerry Divaris


Toronto City Council approved the widening of Port Union Road back in 2014. The initial field investigations required to facilitate the design and construction of the road widening is scheduled to begin in April and completed by June 30, 2017.

What can you expect? Topographical surveys and geotechnical investigations will be conducted. The work details will be as follows:


Geotechnical Investigations
A drilling rig will be set up to take soil and water samples, and bore holes in the ground where technical measuring equipment will be housed in padlocked pipes that will sit 1.2 meters above ground. These activities will take place along various intervals on and along the Port Union road way, between Lawrence Ave. and Island Road. Equipment will need to be loaded and unloaded, and we can expect to have temporary disruption of traffic. With all construction activities we will have dust and noise.

Topographical Survey
This activity will be less intrusive. Survey crews will be visible and present within the roadway obtaining and detailing measurements.

Work Hours and Restricted Access
The work hours will be anytime between 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Road and sidewalk access may be restricted, for safety reasons, with the exception of emergency vehicles.


Patience will be a useful coping mechanism and good practice for when the real construction of widening the road in 2018 begins – after all, the summer season is close at hand as is its cousin, construction season. When the project is completed, it should address traffic congestion and improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.

The City will schedule a public event to consult with residents and businesses about the design phase later this year.