Bicycle lane and other area traffic changes

Pedestrians will be allowed onto a section of the converted Bloor Street bike lane, which will be open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The section of bike lane had…

Bicycle lane and other area traffic changes

Pedestrians will be allowed onto a section of the converted Bloor Street bike lane, which will be open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The section of bike lane had been closed between Osborne and Russell streets since early 2016, when crumbling brickwork appeared on the vehicular lanes of a stretch of the pathway. Because the driveway door and gable of the adjacent home is more than 24 feet above the ground, the city determined that it was unsafe for pedestrians to cross or for trucks to pass. But, after a Leamy Construction analysis, the city determined there is “no longer a hazard” to pedestrians, and the city has awarded Blythwood Construction a “relief” project that will put a lighted sign alerting pedestrians and bikers that they are walking on the bike lane. Construction will be done Friday through Saturday. To reach the bike lane, bicyclists can turn left on Wellesley Street or west on Cumberland Street to return to Wellesley Street, where they can continue their journey north to Hamilton Street. Pedestrians who have the right of way will have to enter from Cumberland Street. W. Bloor Street will be closed in the area of Wellesley and Cumberland between Hamilton and Wellesley from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the construction.

Bloor bike lane reopens ahead of schedule, part of widening: The work should be completed by next weekend, reducing the closing of Bloor to one pedestrian and two-way cycling for the busy weekend shopping hours. The bike lane is one of several along Bloor that makes up the downtown route of the Toronto road plan for 2017, which is part of the city’s effort to have all traffic diverted by the turn of the century. As part of the wider plan, the city plans to build four towers from Blythwood to Wellesley streets, with apartment units, four condominium towers and various stores, according to a news release. The work is part of the street’s widening in both directions to five lanes, with wider sidewalks and street furniture. Construction work can be seen on Blythwood Street, which will be full of scaffolding.

Pothole repairs completed on Capitol Hill: First, Washington, D.C., just committed $50 million to fill 5,000 potholes within three years, and now the city is aggressively fixing them at the Capitol Hill neighborhood, where someone even filled a hole that “just barely missed” him, per the Washington Post. According to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office, D.C. transportation officials have made 220 contact requests to repair potholes in the neighborhood so far in 2018, with 20 of them being filled in the past week.

Apartment building conversion allows residents to park: A Chinese development firm and two real estate firms have partnered to create Forest City Frankford Heights, a new apartment building at 48th and Marietta streets, in Philadelphia, in response to an age-old method to kill off low-income housing complexes: Buy them. The project — set to open in June 2019 — will allow residents to park their vehicles in the building (its underground garage), while still allowing them to see the store’s amenities and amenities (expect a pool and fitness center), a press release states. The project is a joint venture between W.P.P. Investors and Empire Property Group, and created by Suntrust Investment Bank and Joy Partners, whose execs are still building Washington, D.C.’s Le Corbusier modern building near Newswalk, as the building is known to locals.

Two new Toll Brothers apartment buildings under construction: Two new apartment buildings are under construction at 1512 and 1515 Biltmore Ave. in Memphis, Tennessee. The Toll Brothers buildings, which will be finished in April 2019, will offer in-unit laundry, underground parking and parking for two cars and an additional vehicle, according to a press release from the city. Both new residential buildings will provide 72 one- and two-bedroom rental units.

Blythwood Construction expands in Maryland: Blythwood Construction, which specializes in underground and commercial construction, will open a new full-service headquarters in Jessup, Maryland. The 138,000-square-foot facility at 7601 Franklin Road “will include the capability to perform turnkey infrastructure construction or to oversee

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