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Leslie track installation and upgrades:
Next phase of construction starts March 5

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City of Toronto and TTC contractors continue the project to upgrade the street and install streetcar tracks on Leslie Street this week.

(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)

More work on the project starts Wednesday, March 5, when construction on Leslie Street shifts north.

Starting that day — if the weather is favourable — two traffic lanes on Leslie Street will reopen — one in each direction — between Lake Shore Boulevard East and the plaza entrances. Eastbound motorists can again turn left turns from Lake Shore East onto Leslie for access to the plazas.

On the same day, the work will close Leslie from the north plaza entrances to just south of Eastern Avenue. No lanes on Eastern Avenue will be affected for this phase of work.

Leslie - Eastern construction.bmpThe setup will be similar to that currently in place south of the plaza entrance to Lake Shore Boulevard. While this section of Leslie is closed, crews will:

  • dig out the roadway;
  • install new storm sewers; and
  • install other new utilities.

The temporary entrances to the plazas from Lake Shore East will remain open. Motorists should be mindful that they are crossing a pedestian and cyclist pathway, when they are turning into and out of the plazas. Motorists must yield to pedestrians and cyclists. Crews have install extra lighting and extensive warning signs.

This phase of the work will have no impact to the pedestrian crossing at Leslie and Eastern or the Eastern Avenue bike lane. Crews will maintain access to residential properties in the closed section of Leslie at all times.

This phase continues for about 14 weeks or until about June 13.

The TTC continues to detour buses operating along the 83 Jones route around the construction zone on Leslie between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East.

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