Advance Notice: Esplanade Road Closure May 26 – 28, 2015

NOTICE: Road Closure May 26, 27 & 28 2015

For the Backstage Tower Crane Removal

  • The Esplanade Yonge to the Novotel (east of Scott).
  • Lower Scott Street will also be closed traffic.
  • No pedestrian access to Yonge Street when
    the Backstage crane is being taken down.
Preliminary map of the May 26 - 28, Road Closure on The Esplanade

Preliminary map of the May 26 – 28, Road Closure on The Esplanade

  • The City of Toronto will be issuing a road closure
    permit as of May 19.
  • Notices will be delivered to local residents and
  • Detailed information and updates will be posted on this website. 

Please click on the link to download a PDF of this notice: The Esplanade May 2015 Road Closure

Road Closure May 1 on The Esplanade

Please be advised that on Thursday May 1, 2014, the eastbound lane from Yonge Street to Scott Street on The Esplanade will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Pedestrians will continue to have access through the site.

The City of Toronto has approved the request for the temporary road closure and the appropriate permit will be posted on site on Thursday, May 1.

NOTE: the western exit from the Toronto Parking Authority’s St. Lawrence Parking Garage will be closed to all exits and entries as part of this temporary road closure. 

The Construction Management team apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Please click on this link for a downloadable notice: Backstage & L Tower Construction Notice for May 1

Esplanade re-opened between Scott & Yonge

February 28, 2013  5:00 pm

The ice has stopped falling from the forming, crane and building edge at the L Tower.

The roadway has been re-opened.

Security staff will keep an eye on the situation. All the same please exercise caution traversing the roadway on The Esplanade between Scott Street and Yonge Street. 

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

Esplanade Road Closure Update: Open Sept 20. Closed Sept 21 and 24

The Esplanade between Scott Street and Yonge Street was open today, September 19 and will be open tomorrow September 20. It will be closed again on Friday, September 21 and Monday September 24.

The cause of this change as noted in a previous post (here), were the transportation and wide-load delivery challenges for the steel lining that was to be installed, starting on Tuesday, September 18. Initial preparations were done on Tuesday with the mobile crane. However, without the steel lining no further work could be done.

Mobile Crane on The Esplanade, September 18/12

This delay and rescheduling has been caused by factors beyond the control of the construction management team. They apologize again for the inconvenience these changes may cause.

The revised plan will not exceed the original number of permitted road closure days and stays within the permitted hours – 7 am – 6 am.

UPDATE as of September 19, 2012

Road Closure: The Esplanade between Scott Street and Yonge Street:

  • Thursday, September 20 – OPEN
  • Friday, September 21, CLOSED 7 am – 6 pm
  • Monday, September 24, CLOSED 7 am – 6 pm

Wide-load Deliveries under police escort 

  • Friday, September 21 – after 10 am.
  • Monday, September 25 – after 10 am

    Please click on this link for a downloadable PDF version of this post: Esplanade Road Closure Update

Tunnel boring equipment loading on The Esplanade.


July 23, 2012 The Esplanade Road has been closed between Scott Street and Yonge Street since July 16 to permit the safe construction of and underground tunnel between the L Tower’s parking, located beneath the site of the Backstage condo, and the L Tower itself. Prepatory work to dig out the opening for the tunnel boring machine was conducted last week. Today, equipment to support the tunnel boring machine is being brought into place.

Photo of the Day: Yonge Street Set For Change | Urban Toronto

A view of the L Tower looking north up Yonge Street from our friends at Urban Toronto: Photo of the Day: Yonge Street Set For Change | Urban Toronto.

L Tower Construction Photos, March 16, 2012

L Tower at 30 floors and counting - as seen from the Backstage construction site - March 16, 2012

Site of the future public plaza at the Sony Centre, L Tower in the background, March 16, 2012

L Tower rising above the future public plaza beside the Sony Centre, March 16, 2012

Looking up at the L Tower from Yonge Street, March 16, 2012

L Tower as seen from Union Station - Front Street West, March 16, 2012

L Tower from Yonge and King

L Tower from Yonge & King, February 16, 2012

L Tower 24 floors and counting


The L Tower rising over Yonge Street as seen from the GO Transit Bus Station. February 2, 2012

8 The Esplanade – Construction Schedule December 19 – 23

This is the current construction schedule for 8 The Esplanade – L Tower for the week of December 19 – 23, 2011

Posted December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19

  • There will be a steel Delivery at 7:00 am.
  • Concrete Pour Cancelled due to inclement weather.

Tuesday, December 20

  • There will be a steel delivery at 7:00 am.
  • There will be an 90M concrete pour beginning at 2:00pm with the chance of extending beyond 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, December 21

  • There will be a steel delivery at 7:00 am.
  • RESCHEDULED: There will be an 70M concrete pour beginning at 1:00pm with the chance of extending beyond 7:00 pm.

Thursday, December 22

  • There will be a steel delivery at 7:00 am.

Friday, December 23

  • There will be an 180M concrete pour beginning at 10:00 am which is not expected to extend beyond 7:00 pm.

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Holiday Schedule: There are no further concrete pours scheduled over the holidays. The L Tower site at 8 The Esplanade will be open December 28 – 30 and will re-open again on January 3, 2012.

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Happy Holidays!


A Paid Duty Police Officer is on-site daily Monday to Friday, from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm daily to assist with traffic control.

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