Watermain Construction on River Street – Update


Watermain Construction on River Street – Update

You might be justified in thinking that the workers on the Watermain project on River St., got lost and can’t find their way back to finish the job, but the City assures us that work continues apace. It might not be apparent to us driving or walking by, but please see the email below which gives some updates on the project and expected timelines.


Dear residents in the River Street area,

Attached is an update on the watermain construction at River Street. For your convenience, I have also included the text from the notice below, although the attached PDF has some additional imagery that you may want to see.

Gerrard Watermain Construction on River Street – Update

Expected Completion Date: May 2014
The City of Toronto is approaching completion of the watermain construction work on River Street north of Gerrard Street and Mark Street (south of Dundas).

This work is part of the Gerrard Watermain Replacement project, which is necessary to increase capacity and maintain the safety and reliability of the water supply. This project is part of the cast iron watermain replacement program.

Construction Progress

Since early 2012, crews have been constructing a large watermain pipe deep under Gerrard Street and River Street. To date, all tunnelling has been completed and pipe installation is in progress. The final steps will be to line the pipe with cement, make the connections, and then test it.

The remaining work on River Street will mostly be visible at ground level at the Mark Street shaft site. The shaft site north of Gerrard Street continues to be required for ventilation, emergency passage, and the installation of a large elbow connection.

The project team is aiming to complete the work on River Street and return the street to normal in May 2014. Crews will most likely be required to return for several weeks in the fall to open cut Mark Street and construct the final connection.

A total of about 10 work areas across the city are required for this watermain replacement project to be completed in 2015. See the full map at www.toronto.ca/GerrardWM

Thank You for Your Patience

We recognize this project has caused many months of inconvenience and disruption in your community. We apologize for any frustration caused by this work. Your continued co-operation and patience during these final months of construction is crucial and most appreciated.

The contractor will further notify you of any other temporary disruptions. Every effort will be made to reduce inconveniences. The City appreciates your understanding and co-operation.

For More Information

Project website: www.toronto.ca/GerrardWM

For construction related issues contact:

C & M McNally Engineering
Construction Site Supervisor

For general project information contact:

Jason Diceman
Public Consultation Unit, City of Toronto
Metro Hall, 19th Floor, 55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Tel: 416-338-2830 Fax: 416-392-2974
Email: jdicema@toronto.ca

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