Woodbine Avenue traffic impacts for bridge construction as part of expanding GO train service

Travelling along Woodbine Avenue may soon be slower as lane widths will be reduced and shifted. There will be several stages of work, including overnight shifts and traffic impacts, on Woodbine Avenue until winter 2022. The traffic impacts are necessary to expand the Woodbine bridge, which is part of expanding the Lakeshore East GO Line. Let’s go over the plans.

Construction work to expand GO train service is starting this spring on the Woodbine bridge in Toronto’s east end.

Woodbine bridge construction is right around the corner and means traffic on Woodbine Avenue will shift to the outer lanes. Bike lanes will also be temporarily closed.

There will be no impact to pedestrians at this stage.

The traffic reconfiguration will allow crews to set up a safe work zone around the centre of the road on Woodbine Avenue, where there will be no public access.

Construction will involve widening the Woodbine bridge by adding a span to the north side.

This work is part of the Lakeshore East GO Line Expansion project which is about getting preparatory work done now to accommodate a fourth track in the future.

By building on what Metrolinx has today, the transit agency can improve infrastructure that will deliver on GO Expansion – faster, two-way, all-day, 15-minute rail service on core segments of the network.

Here are the upcoming stages of work and traffic impacts.

Work on the centre bridge pier – spring/summer 2022

Widening Woodbine bridge will require a lot of construction legwork and patience from the surrounding community.

A temporary shoring system will be installed to stabilize the earth and bridge structure to extend the centre bridge pier.

One traffic lane will be maintained in each direction. Pedestrian pathways on either side of Woodbine Avenue will also remain open.

Delineators will be in place for the duration of the lane reconfigurations and directional signage will be installed. Traffic and pedestrian changes are outlined below:

  • Traffic heading both north and south on Woodbine Avenue between Danforth Avenue and Gerrard Street East will notice a lane shift
  • Bike lanes will be temporarily closed
  • There will be no impact to pedestrians
Stage 1 map of Woodbine Avenue traffic impacts: Vehicle lanes shifted towards outer edge of road. Bike lanes will be temporarily closed. (Metrolinx graphic)

Work on the centre pier is anticipated to be completed this summer.

Work on the east bridge abutment – summer 2022

The next stage of work will involve crews working on the east side of the road.

Traffic will be shifted to the west side of Woodbine Avenue.

A temporary pedestrian walkway will be installed to maintain access while Metrolinx widens the east bridge abutment.

Stage 2A map: Traffic will be shifted to the west side of Woodbine Avenue. A temporary pedestrian walkway will be installed to maintain access. (Metrolinx graphic)

Work on the west bridge abutment – fall 2022

Once work on the east abutment is complete, crews will move to the west side of the road and start widening the west bridge abutment.

Traffic will be shifted to the east side of Woodbine Avenue. A temporary pedestrian walkway will be installed to maintain access. Work on the west abutment is estimated to begin in fall 2022.

Stage 2B map: Work on the west bridge abutment will require traffic to be shifted to the east side of Woodbine Avenue. (Metrolinx graphic)

Construction and equipment will be isolated between Danforth Avenue and Gerrard Street East.

Commuters approaching Woodbine Avenue in the area can expect to see heavy machinery, including pile driving equipment, dozers, cranes, and excavators, as well as concrete and dump trucks.

Day and overnight work

Work will happen both during the day and overnight.

Day shift work will happen between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Overnight work will happen between the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday to Thursday.

Plan ahead, consider alternative routes, and build in extra time for your travel.

A look at the existing Woodbine bridge looking south. (Metrolinx photo)

Crews will be working hard to get the job done safely and as quickly as possible.

Mural preservation

There are murals below the Woodbine bridge, and Metrolinx recognizes the importance of preserving them as much as possible.

An expanded bridge will have some impact on the existing murals, and Metrolinx will repair, prime and prepare the damaged area for future artwork restoration.

Metrolinx is working with the City of Toronto to support the City’s restoration as needed.

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For questions, reach out to TorontoEast@metrolinx.com and a dedicated Community Relations team member will be available to assist.

Story by Teresa Ko, Metrolinx communications senior advisor