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Church Street construction moves north



Today, the City of Toronto and TTC project to install watermains and rebuild the streetcar tracks along Church Street between Carlton Street and King Street East continues north of Dundas Street East.

Also today, the City is opening more lanes to traffic along Adelaide Street East between Toronto and Church Streets. That means that the construction should no longer delay buses operating along 141 Downtown / Mt Pleasant, 142 Downtown / Avenue Rd, 143 Downtown / Beach, 144 Downtown / Don Valley and 145 Downtown / Humber Bay express bus routes. Streetcars operating along the 508 Lake Shore route likely also resume their regular route along Church Street.

Since the work has progressed faster than the City and TTC expected, they are moving forward with work that they originally scheduled for next spring, so that contractors can finish all track work by mid-December.

As of today, the City and TTC:

  • have finished working on the sections of track on Queen and Adelaide Streets East and on Church Street between Court Street and Lombard Street.
  • are continuing to rebuild the tracks on Church Street between Queen and Dundas Streets East. They expect to finish this part of the project by early December.
  • are starting to rebuild the tracks on Church Street between Dundas Street East and Carlton Street.

If the weather allows work to continue, the City will have finished installing watermains, rebuilding sidewalks and repaving roadways by mid-December on:

  • Church Street between King and Dundas Streets East,
  • Queen Street East between Berti and Jarvis Streets, and
  • Adelaide Street East between Toronto and Church Streets.

It also likely will finish installing new watermains along Church Street between Gerrard Street East and Carlton Street by the start of December.

Although the TTC only regularly schedules rush-hour service on Church Street between King and Wellington Streets East along the 503 Kingston Rd tripper route and between Queen and King Streets East along the 508 Lake Shore route, it often uses the tracks along Church to detour streetcars operating along other routes during special events, other construction projects and emergencies.


You can learn more about the TTC’s project to rebuild the streetcar tracks along Church Street here.

Construction started at Queen Street East and Church Street on Monday, July 20. Streetcars operating along the 301 Queen overnight, 501 Queen and 502 Downtowner detoured from their regular routes until Tuesday, September 8.

Construction started at Adelaide Street East and Church Street on Monday, October 5. The work has detoured or delayed the Downtown express buses and streetcars operating along the 508 Lake Shore route until today.

Last year, the City and TTC announced detours for the streetcars operating along the 503 Kingston Rd tripper route and the start of construction on the tracks between King and Wellington Streets East and along Wellington Streets East and West, starting on Monday, July 7, 2008. Although the TTC did some preliminary work on this project, it postponed the project indefinitely and, by Monday, July 14, 2008, streetcars had resumed their regular route.

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