Construction Projects

Downtown Construction Projects

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission are completing various construction projects throughout downtown Toronto this spring, summer and fall. These projects are part of the Council -approved 2017 Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure.

2017 Downtown projects are listed below   

2017 Construction Project Details

Expand2. Dundas Street East and Parliament Street Streetcar Track Replacement & Intersection Improvements

Pre-Construction NoticeDundas Street East and Parliament Street Streetcar Track Replacement and Intersection Improvements

Planned start date: May 15, 2017

Planned End Date:  (This project has been completed)

Location: Dundas Street East & Parliament ( Intersection)

Description of Work: 

  • remove the concrete and old streetcar track, replace the concrete and install new track
  • repair sidewalks for accessibility improvements
  • restore the road and sidewalks where necessary

Traffic Restrictions: To accommodate this work, the intersection will be completely closed for three weeks, exact dates will be announced at a later date.

Pre-Construction Notice
C
onstruction Notice 

This project was completed as per schedule

Expand3. Dundas Street East (Yonge Street to Church Street) Streecar Track , Watermain, Road improvements

Watermain Replacement, Streetcar Track Replacement, and Road Improvements on Dundas Street East from Yonge Street to Church Street

Planned start date: April 24 2017

Planned End Date: October 30 2017

Location: Dundas Street East (Yonge Street - Church Street)

UPDATE - June 9th
Dundas St East work continues – sidewalk and corners are complete /watermain testing is well underway. Streetcar track replacement work taking place in July – more detailed update will be posted online. Construction Update delivered by mail in the next two weeks to local area.


Description of Work: 

  • replace the old watermain and water service connections
  • remove the concrete and old streetcar track, replace the concrete and install new track
  • reconstruct O'Keefe Lane over two weeks (exact dates will be provided in the construction notice)  
  • repair sidewalks for accessibility improvements
  • restore the road and sidewalks where necessary

Work Hours

Work Hours:  Most of the work on this project will take place:
Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 7:00pm.
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Water service connection work may take place outside these hours.

(During Phases 2-4) When track replacement starts, excavation activities will extend to 11 p.m. Other work will take place over night. The overnight rail work by TTC may consist of moving new rail into position, rail installation and rail welding / grinding. In addition, some streetcar overhead wiring work will be performed overnight, as required.  After-hours work by TTC is required to support the daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible.


Map of Work Area

Work Staging Schedule Phases 1-5 

Phase

Dates / Location

Work

 

1
Watermain
Replacement

 

April 24 - July 16
(Church to Yonge)

Starting at Yonge Street and working east, crews will:

  • Excavate the road and dig a trench to access and install the new watermain (Yonge to Church)
  • Replace any City-owned water service pipes that do not meet City standards from the watermain to the private property line.
  • Temporarily restore the trench

 

 

2
TTC Streetcar Track Replacement

July 17 to August 7

(Victoria at Dundas Square and south of Dundas Square)

Crews will:

  • Remove the concrete and old streetcar track, replace the concrete and install new track
  • Resurface road sections

 

3

TTC Streetcar Track Replacement

August 8 – August 21
(Victoria from Dundas Street to Dundas Square)

4

TTC Streetcar Track Replacement

August 22 – September 16
(Dundas Square from Victoria to Victoria Lane)

5
Sidewalk & Road restoration

September 16 - October 30

(Church to Yonge)

Crews will:

  • Install curbs at the Yonge and Dundas Intersection
  • Repair sidewalks for accessibility improvements
  • Restore the roadway affected by watermain work

Traffic Restrictions: 

Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. These efforts include adding Local Access signs, revising traffic signal times. Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets.

  • One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during watermain work
    (April to July)
  • One lane of westbound traffic will be maintained during TTC track work
    (August to October)
  • Victoria Street/Dundas Street intersection will be fully closed for a period of time
  • There will be periodic lane restrictions on Yonge Street (during watermain, road and sidewalk work)

*Dates for the intersection work will be provided in the Construction Notice. 

Pre-Construction Notice
Construction Notice

Expand4. F.G. Gardiner Expressway Lower Simcoe Ramp Removal & Harbour Street Improvements

F.G. Gardiner Expressway Lower Simcoe
Ramp Removal & Harbour Street improvements

Planned start date: April 2017

Planned End Date: January 2018

Location: Lower Simcoe/Harbour Street

Description of Work: 

The City of Toronto is constructing a new off-ramp from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway to Lower Simcoe Street. The contractor will begin demolition of the existing off-ramp to York, Bay and Yonge Streets in April 2017 followed by construction of the new off-ramp to Lower Simcoe Street and improvements to Harbour Street between Lower Simcoe and Bay Streets. 

Learn more about this project and sign up for regular email updates at www.toronto.ca/simcoe-ramp

Expand5. Phase 2 Mill Street Streetscaping

Phase 2 Mill Street Streetscaping 

Planned Start Date: March 6, 2017

Planned End Date: June 30, 2017

Location: Mill St ( Parliament St to Cherry St)

Phase 2 Description Of Work:

The City’s contractor will re-stage the worksite to:

  • Complete the remaining watermain replacement work
    (majority of this work will take place in the Mill/Parliament intersection)
  • Complete City-owned water service replacements from the watermain to the property line
  • Complete streetscaping and road reconstruction work
  • Remove and replace the existing traffic signals at the Mill/Parliament intersection

 


Construction Notice #1 
Construction Notice #2
Construction Update 2017

 

Expand6. Parliament Street from Bloor Street East to Wellesley Street East Road Resurfacing

Road Resurfacing Parliament St from Bloor St East to Wellesley St 

Expected Start Date: May 23, 2017
Expected End Date:  (This project has been completed)
Location:  On Parliament St.from Bloor St to Wellesley St 
Description of Work: 

This project will involve road resurfacing and sidewalk  improvements (where necessary)

Traffic Management:

  • One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained
  • The one available lane will be shared with vehicles and bicycles
  • Pedestrian access to businesses and walkways will be maintained during construction.
  • Laneways and driveways that serve businesses will remain accessible for deliveries or service.
  • There will be no parking or standing in the active work zones.

 Construction Notice

This project has been completed ahead of the construction schedule.

Expand7. 2017 Queen Street West Streetscaping

2017 Queen Street West Streetscaping

Planned start date: June 19, 2017

Planned End Date: November 30, 2017

Contract: 17ECS-TI-08SP

Location: Queen Street West (From Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue) 

UPDATE June 9th
Work on Queen Street West is scheduled to start the week of June 19. Streetscaping along Queen Street West from Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue will include new tree plantings, street lighting, and public art. Work will begin on Queen Street West at Bathurst Street on the south side and move easterly to Spadina Avenue. Construction of the new parkettes on Denison Avenue and Ryerson Avenue will begin in late summer. 

Description of Work: 

Starting the week of June 19, the City will begin the reconstruction of the sidewalks and adding streetscaping on Queen Street West from Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue.

Improvements will include two new side-street parkettes on Denison Avenue and Ryerson Avenue, new tree plantings, street lighting and public art. The City will also begin to install infrastructure to allow for a future WI-FI connection to be provided by the Queen Street West BIA. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

This project will improve the quality of the sidewalk and street environment and is part of the Council approved 2017 Capital Works Program.

Traffic Restrictions:

  • Traffic on Queen Street West will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

Watermain Pre Construction Notice
Watermain Construction Notice
Construction Update #1
Construction Update #2
Construction Update #3
Streetscaping Construction Update #4
NEW: Construction Update #5

 

Expand8. Queen Street West and McCaul Street Intersection Improvements

Intersection Improvements at Queen Street West and McCaul 

Planned start date: October 16, 2017

Planned End Date: November 6, 2017

Location: Queen Street West and McCaul Street (intersection)

Description of Work: TBA

Traffic Restrictions: TBA

*Dates for the intersection work will be provided in the Construction Notice. 

Pre-Construction Notice: TBA

Expand9. River Street Watermain Replacement & Road Resurfacing

River Street Watermain Replacement & Road Resurfacing

Planned start date: July 2016

New  End Date: This project has been completed

Location: River St (Queen Street East to Bayview Avenue)

Description of Work: Upgrading and replacing a watermain dating back to the 1850's. Installing new watermain connects and replacing substandard water service connections. Crews will reconstruct the road from Queen St to North of Gerrard and resurface the road from north of Gerrard to Bayview Avenue.  This work will also result in the removal of the right-turn channel at the SE corner of Dundas Street East and River Street complete corner improvements and upgrade some traffic signals. A dedicated bike lane between on street parking and curb will also be completed and the construction of parking islands on East side of River Street and centre median planters from N of Gerrard to Bayview (TBC).

Traffic Restrictions: Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction through the work areas. 

Construction Notice

Expand10. Trench Restoration & Sidewalk Repair on Shuter Street from Church Street to Sherbourne Street

Trench Restoration & Sidewalk Repair  on Shuter Street from Church Street to Sherbourne Street

Expected Start Date: April 18, 2017
Expected End Date: This project has been completed
Contract #  16ECS-TI- 18SP    

In 2016, the City completed the new watermain and substandard water service connections on Shuter Street between Church and Sherbourne Street. We know this project had an impact to all businesses and residents along Sherbourne Street. We appreciated your patience as the project ran into delays last year.

 

REMAINING WORK

In April, the asphalt plants will re-open and the Contractor for Shuter Street will return to permanently restore the trench that was used to restore the watermain. The contractor will not be resurfacing from curb to curb.

  • Restore pavement in trench areas from Church Street to Sherbourne Street.
  • Concrete road base repairs in isolated areas between these limits
  • Replacing sidewalk affected by watermain construction


Work Hours:  The contractor will complete most work Monday to Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with work after hours/overnight and on Sundays as required

Traffic Management:  Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets

Construction Notices

 

Expand11. Wellington Street Watermain Replacement & Streetcar Track Reconstruction

Wellington Street  Watermain Replacement & Streetcar Track Reconstruction

Planned start date: April 10, 2017

Planned End Date: October 27, 2017

NEW End Date: Mid-Late August 2017

Location: Wellington St From York Street To Church Street

UPDATE - June 9th

Partial Intersection Closure
@ Wellington & York Streets for
Streetcar Track Replacement
CLOSURE Start Date: 6:00 AM Thursday, June 8, 2017
CLOSURE End Date: 5:00 AM Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wellington Street
  • There will be ONE lane on Wellington Street in the south curb lane through the intersection of York Street
  •  NO TURNS will be permitted off of Wellington at Bay Street and York Street.
  •  Drivers / Deliveries can access parking garages off of Wellington. They can turn onto Wellington at Yonge Street
     or further east, the earliest exit west of Yonge Street off Wellington Street is University Avenue.
York Street:
  • There will be no through access north of Wellington Street on York Street
  • There will be two-way, local access only on York Street to businesses / parking garages south of King Street.
  • Local access for deliveries and services east of York Street will be available north of Front Street by accessing Piper Line.
  • The Green P and other garages on the west side of York will be available north of Front Street.
  • Paid duty officers will be in place to direct and control traffic.
  • The City's contractor will work around the clock to remove concrete and old track and then replace concrete and track in the intersection.
  • Laneways and driveways that serve businesses will remain accessible for deliveries or service.
  • There will be no parking or standing in the active work zones.
  • Pedestrian access to businesses and walkways will be maintained during construction.
  • Pedestrians will have to walk around the construction fencing in place around the work zone 
  • This closure will not affect TTC routes


UPDATE - May 26th

Partial Intersection Closure at Wellington & Bay Streets forWatermain Replacement, Streetcar Track Replacement 
Closure START DATE: 7:00 pm Thursday, June 1, 2017
Closure END DATE: 5:00 am  Monday, June 5,2 017 

The contractor has completed the watermain installation from Church Street to York Street. It is now being flushed and tested before water service connections to buildings are installed on the new main.

The project has TWO scheduled closures at Bay Street and York Street to replace the TTC track / roadway within the intersections.

Starting May 29, TTC crews will be welding new track between Church and Scott Streets in the curb lane where the Watermain installation is complete. 

7:00 PM Thursday, June 1 to 5:00 AM, Monday June 5

The first closure is four days and will take place at Bay Street and Wellington Street.  Working 24/7 crews will break concrete, remove the old concrete and track, lay new concrete, replace track and restore the road (except top course asphalt, which will be laid at a later date).

Partial Intersection Closure:

Wellington Street

  • There will be ONE lane on Wellington Street in the north curb lane through the intersection of Bay Street (same as current traffic staging)
  • There will be NO TURNS off of Wellington at Bay Street or York Street.
  • Drivers / Deliveries can access parking garages off of Wellington. They can turn onto Wellington at Yonge Street or further east, the earliest exit west of Yonge Street off Wellington Street is University Avenue.

Bay Street:

  • There will be no through access north or south of Wellington Street on Bay Street
  • Local access only on Bay Street to businesses / parking garages on Bay Street between King Street and Wellington Street and between Front Street and Wellington Street.

Paid duty officers will be around the intersection to help direct and control traffic.

Construction Update

UPDATE - May 19th
Work on Wellington Street is progressing well. The watermain between Bay Street and York Street will be installed next week, the contractor will then flush and test the watermain. There will be two intersection closures taking place in early June at Bay Street and York Street. Further details of these closures will be provided.  

Description of Work: 

  • Replace sections of the watermain and complete connections to other existing watermains.
  • Remove the existing streetcar track and reconstruct the westbound only track from just west of Yonge Street into the intersection at York Street. The streetcar overhead along this stretch has already been upgraded.
  • Partially reconstruct sections of curb and sidewalk as well as completing streetscape work from York Street to Yonge Street.
  • Restore the road area where watermain work was completed.

 

Traffic Restrictions: Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction.

Work Hours: 

Extended & Overnight Hours: The work hours on this project are 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. with work on weekends if necessary. It will be necessary for excavation activities to extend to 11 p.m. during weekend work at some Wellington Street intersections, i.e. Bay Street and at York Street.

The TTC track reconstruction phase of this project will involve periods of late evening and overnight work.  The overnight rail work by TTC may consist of moving new rail into position, rail installation and rail welding / grinding.

In addition, some streetcar overhead wiring work will be performed overnight, as required.  After-hours work by TTC is required to support the daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible.

TTC Service:

503 Kingston Rd streetcar route:  buses are currently running on this route, and will maintain regular routing on Wellington Street through the work zone.

121 Fort York-Esplanade bus route: buses will maintain regular routing on Wellington Street through the work zone.

During the streetcar track work at the intersections of Wellington/York and at Wellington/Bay St., buses on the 503 Kingston Rd, 121 Fort York-Esplanade, 6 Bay and 72 Pape routes will be diverted around the closures.

visit www.ttc.ca for detailed transit information

ExpandBridge Rehabilitation Sherbourne Street Bridge Over Rosedale Valley Road

Bridge Rehabilitation Sherbourne Street Bridge Over Rosedale Valley Road 

Expected Start Date: May 23, 2017 
Expected End Date: July 2017

UPDATE - June 9th 
The bridge work is complete and work has moved onto the road
Planned Closure Information

Sherbourne Street Bridge Rehabilitation
Lane Restrictions
Street Closure of Lower Simcoe
Start: May 23, 2017
Ends: July, 2017

  • Work will take place on the east side of Sherbourne Street.
  • The east sidewalk will be closed. Pedestrians will be directed to the west sidewalk.
  • The left turn lane on Sherbourne Street southbound at Bloor Street East will be eliminated and left turns will be prohibited during this time.
  • Right turns from Bloor Street westbound onto Sherbourne Street will also be prohibited during this stage of the work.
  •  Laneways and driveways that serve businesses and residents will remain accessible for
  • deliveries or service.
  • Cyclists are asked to share the traffic lane in the active work zone.



Sherbourne Street Bridge Rehabilitation

Lane Restrictions
Street Closure of Lower Simcoe
Start: July, 2017
Ends: October, 2017

  • Work will take place on the east side of Sherbourne Street.
  • The west sidewalk will be closed. Pedestrians will be directed to the east sidewalk.
  • The left turn lane on Sherbourne Street southbound at Bloor Street East will be eliminated and left turns will be prohibited during this time.
  • Laneways and driveways that serve businesses and residents will remain accessible for deliveries or service.
  • Cyclists are asked to share the traffic lane in the active work zone

Location: Sherbourne Bridge St  over Rosedale Vally Road (Work will take place on the east side of Sherbourne Street)
  
Work Description: 
  • Crews will Replace: the asphalt and waterproofing, expansion joint and  deteriorated concrete on the bridge deck
Work Hours:
Traffic Management:
  • The left turn lane on Sherbourne Street southbound at Bloor Street East will be eliminated and left turns will be prohibited during this time.
  • Right turns from Bloor Street westbound onto Sherbourne Street will also be prohibited during this stage of the work.
  • Laneways and driveways that serve businesses and residents will remain accessible for deliveries or service.

Pedestrians & Cyclists

  • The east sidewalk will be closed. Pedestrians will be directed to the west sidewalk.
  • Cyclists are asked to share the traffic lane in the active work zone.

Construction Notice
Construction Update #1

Traffic Information