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TTC upgrading rails at Queen / Strachan,
October 11 to 24

Starting Tuesday, October 11 at about 7 a.m., TTC track crews will replace worn rails at the east- and westbound streetcar stops on Queen Street West at Strachan Avenue.

Streetcars operating along the 301 Queen overnight and 501 Queen routes are diverting around a City of Toronto construction project to replace the water-main, upgrade water services and rebuild and resurface the roadway on Queen Street West west of Spadina Avenue. Typically, when the TTC upgrades the rails at stops, it must detour the streetcars, but since it’s already operating shuttle buses along this section of Queen West, it doesn’t have to divert services further.

Crews work at both stops at the same time to speed up the work and, hopefully, finish it earlier than schedule. The City is restricting traffic to just one lane in each direction through the work zones. It is also prohibiting on-street parking and restricting turns to create a safe work zone for the crews and provide a temporary site for storing the new rails until they can install them.

Crews typically work from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. during the early stages at each stop, but they won’t likely work overnight. At each location, they’ll:

  1. mill (grind) the concrete from the track area to expose the worn rail;
  2. remove the old concrete;
  3. replace the old rail;
  4. install, weld and grind the new rail.
  5. place new concrete in the track area;
  6. let the new concrete cure overnight; and
  7. remove the work zone.

Shuttle buses continue to operate along Queen Street West between Shaw Street and University Avenue during the upgrade.