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Queens Quay track construction
continues September 13



TTC crews continue rebuilding the streetcar tracks on Queens Quay West, as part of WATERFRONToronto’s project to upgrade the streetscape.


The City is temporarily closing York Street between Harbour Street and Queens Quay West from Monday, September 15 until Friday, October 3.

While the street is closed, crews are connecting the newly installed storm-water infrastructure on Queens Quay West to the infrastructure on York Street.

South- and northbound traffic will have no access to or from Queens Quay from York Street. Westbound traffic on Queens Quay West will continue through the intersection.

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Now that the TTC has resumed streetcar service along the 510 Spadina route, crews will repave Lower Spadina Avenue between Lake Shore Boulevard West and Queens Quay West. Monday September 15, crews will grind the north- and southbound lanes one lane at a time to prepare for paving Tuesday, September 16. “Paid-duty” Toronto Police Service officers will direct traffic during this work.


Crews continue to work on traction power and overhead cabling for the final section of track between Lower Spadina Avenue and Yo Yo Ma Lane.

Crews also continue installing new streetcar platforms, overhead wiring and street furnishings this week:

  • at Lower Spadina Avenue: Contractors have scheduled crews to install the handrail and permanent TTC shelter for the eastbound platform this week.
  • at Rees Street: They’ll install the new shelter for the eastbound platform this week. They continue to install new curbs, beside the TTC corridor.
  • from east of Rees Street to the Bay Street portal: They continue placing new cantilevered poles to support overhead streetcar cabling. They’re proceeding eastward, toward the Bay Street portal.
    • overhead cabling: They’re geting ready to pull the overhead electrical cabling along Queens Quay Friday, September 26.

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Crews continue rebuilding the new roadway on Queens Quay:

  • Peter Slip Bridge: Last week, crews finished milling and grinding the old asphalt road surface over the bridge. This week, they’ll inspect and test the bridge structure and waterproof the deck waterproofed before they lay new asphalt. They rebuilt the temporary scaffold structure under the bridge last week. This will let crews start drilling and coring on the north side of the bridge and get ready to install new crash barriers. The contractors have scheduled all work on the Peter Slip Bridge to finish by Friday, October 31.
  • Rees Street to Lower Simcoe Street: Crews continue digging out the north side concrete curb cradles and placing new granite curbs beyond the 260/270 Queens Quay properties. To prepare for asphalt paving, they’ll also work to complete the city standard brick gutters and TTC concrete buffers and adjust all utility access portals (“manholes”) and catch basins in this area.

The contractors have two crews working this weekend, Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14.

  • Between 390 Queens Quay West and Rees Street: continuing to remove the asphalt road surface and demolishing old concrete curbs.
  • Between 260 / 270 Queens Quay West and Rees Street: continuing to demolish concrete sidewalks and public spaces.

The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront route with buses during this project.


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