Construction Overview – Leslie Street

TTC has implemented major upgrades to underground infrastructure. Improvements include installation of a new watermain to replace the over 80 year old service and hundred year old valves. Sanitary sewers were also upgraded. After these underground infrastructure works were completed, TTC installed new streetcar tracks on Leslie Street to connect to the existing tracks on Queen Street. Heavy road construction on Leslie Street concluded in December 2015.

Streetscape improvements on Leslie Street included wider sidewalks and new streetlights. Hundreds of plantings outside the Leslie Barns south of Lake Shore Boulevard will be completed in Fall, 2016.

Map illustration highlighting the street construction zones

Streetscaping – Leslie Street and Queen Street

The project included streetscape improvements on both Leslie Street and Queen Street. Tree plantings and decorative pavers have been installed along with new sidewalks on Leslie Street and on Queen Street at the corners of Rushbrooke, Curzon, Leslie, and Hastings. New Leslieville BIA-branded benches were also added to these corners.

View the detailed plan including landscaping around the Leslie Barns south of Lake Shore Boulevard on our Landscape Design page.

rendering of new streetscaping features east side of Leslie Street, north of Queen Street, looking south

East side of Leslie Street, north of Queen Street, looking south.

Noise Reduction Wall to include Red Panelling and Greenery outside Leslie Barns

A wall outside the Leslie Barns is required to meet Ministry of the Environment noise limit requirements. Please note that the noise reduction wall is far from complete! In addition to Brown and Storey Architects-designed red decorative panels and greenery, two large full height viewing panels will be installed; one on Lake Shore Boulevard, and one on Leslie Street.

Additional information on the landscape improvement plan is available here.

Public Art

The City of Toronto, Culture Division will be overseeing a public art process following the construction. For questions about the process, please contact; Clara Hargittay, Cultural Affairs Officer, 416-392-4173 or