December 12, 2013 - Leslie Barns Winter Newsletter

Please see our project newsletter for Winter 2013-2014. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us throughout the year to help reduce construction impacts. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

Leslie Barns Newsletter – Winter 2013-2014 (1 mb pdf PDF file)

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December 6, 2013 - Construction Update

Left Turns on Lake Shore Boulevard - December 6, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Left turn access from eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard to northbound Leslie Street will be re-instated for holiday shopping. This left turn will remain in place until January 6th 2014, at which time excavation and watermain upgrades will be completed in front of the plazas on Leslie Street.

Traffic Details (Dec 6, 2013 to early January, 2014)

  • Eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard traffic will be able to make a left turn onto Leslie Street
  • Northbound traffic on Leslie will be able to proceed through the Lake Shore intersection
  • Southbound traffic between the plaza intersection on Leslie Street and Lake Shore Blvd remains closed due to excavation

map illustration describing the one northbound lane opening on Leslie Street for the holidays

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November 22, 2013 - Construction Update

Intersection Closure at Mosley Street at Leslie Street
Closure of Leslie Street between the north side of Mosley Street and the Plaza driveways

Projected Start Date: Monday, November 25
Projected Duration: 6 days - timelines are subject to change

While tunnelling to connect a new sanitary sewer, crews have encountered soil conditions on Leslie Street adjacent to Mosley Street that need to be stabilized. As a result, excavation work needs to be undertaken. Work will stabilize the ground to allow crews to restore traffic and complete upgrades to the underground water infrastructure.

This work will require a closure of Leslie Street between the north side of Mosley Street and the Plaza driveways for approximately 6 days.

map illustration describing the street closure details

Traffic and Parking Details

Leslie Street between Eastern and north of Mosley will be available to local traffic only. Access to all homes is maintained.

  • There will be no through access available to vehicles south of Eastern Avenue
  • Loblaws Plaza access maintained via Eastern Avenue
  • Both plaza accesses maintained via temporary Lake Shore Blvd entrances
  • FreshCo, Tim Hortons, Wendy’s access also maintained from west side of Mosley (south of Eastern Avenue)
  • Driveways between the two plazas remain open to travel back and forth
  • Eastern avenue east-west is NOT affected

Pedestrian and Cyclist Access

Sidewalk access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained. Access to all homes is maintained.

Work Hours

Work hours will be between 7:00am to 7:00pm

On-site TTC Contact – If you experience any issues outside of normal work hours, please contact on-site engineers:

Charles Lee (416) 738-1325 and Kenneth Hui (416) 882-1524.

Please contact us with any questions or recommendations that we can share with the construction team.

For more information please follow us on Twitter: @TTClesliebarns

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November 20, 2013

Leslieville BIA – Wanderlust Event

The Leslieville Business Improvement Area welcomes you a series of exciting events. Please visit and support local businesses!

Thursday, November 21 - Enjoy merriment, inspired shopping, games and prizes from 6:00 to 9:00pm.
Friday, November 22 - Check out Leslieville’s amazing eats and drinks! Participating restaurants and bars will feature a special Wanderlust menu.
Saturday, November 23 - Cheer on Leslieville’s First Annual Street Hockey Tournament! Games start on Vancouver Street at 11am.
Sunday, November 24 - Wanderlust Gnome Brunch. Join the participating cafes and restaurants for a day of great eats and gnome hunting!

For updated information, visit their facebook page This external link will open in a new window: and their twitter account: @WanderlustGnome External link will open in a new window.

Logo for LeslievilleLogo for Wunderlust

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November 6, 2013 - Construction Update

Streetscaping at Curzon - Leslie Street Connection Track
Start Date: As early as November 4, 2013

Streetscaping

As part of the Leslie Barns project, streetscaping enhancements will be made at the corners of Hastings, Leslie, Curzon and Rushbrooke along Queen Street and along Leslie Street. Streetscaping work has already begun on Hastings and Rushbrooke and will soon commence on Curzon.

Curzon and Queen

Construction crews will work on one side of the road at a time in order to maintain one lane of southbound traffic. This work will take approximately 4 weeks, weather and unforeseen events permitting.

Traffic and Parking Details

  • Work at Curzon will require occupying a curb lane for approximately 50-75 meters on Curzon and for approximately 10 meters on Queen Street
  • There will be no parking permitted within the work zone
  • Access to local businesses will be maintained at all times

Pedestrian Access

Work crews will endeavor to maintain pedestrian access on Queen St at all times, however certain work may require a pedestrian diversion or the use of plating/bridging to enable access to businesses. Streetcar service will not be disrupted.

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October 10, 2013 - Construction Update

Lake Shore/Leslie Excavation at north side crossing

Starting as early as Tuesday, October 15th (after evening rush hour), preparations for heavy construction on the north side of Lake Shore Blvd at Leslie Street will begin. Cranes will be brought on site and both sheet piling and major excavation work will take place.

To ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, it will be necessary to close the current crossing of Leslie Street on the north side of Lake Shore Blvd.

Efforts were made to preserve the current crossing as long as possible to avoid disruption to the north side trail. The north side bike and pedestrian crossing at the Lake Shore and Leslie intersection will be re-instated in 2014 as soon as it is safe to do so.

Cyclists and pedestrians may wish to use the south side Martin Goodman Trail starting at Coxwell and cross back to the north side trail on the west side of Leslie Street. The south side Martin Goodman Trail will not be affected.

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September 13, 2013 - Construction Update

Closure on Leslie Street

Sectional Closure - northside crosswalk to southside of plaza intersection
Start Date: As early as September 18. 2013 (after pm rush hour)

In order to facilitate upgrades to underground infrastructure, sections of Leslie Street will be closed to vehicle traffic in phases. The first phase is from Lake Shore Blvd to the “plazas” intersection on Leslie Street. This closure will be begin as early as September 18, 2013 and is expected to last for approximately 12 weeks, weather and unforeseen events permitting.

Traffic and Parking Details

  • Two through lanes maintained in both directions on Lake Shore Blvd at all times
  • Westbound left turn lane from Lake Shore Blvd to Leslie Street (southbound) maintained
  • No eastbound left turn from Lake Shore Blvd to Leslie Street
  • Lake Shore Blvd traffic in both directions shifted to southside
  • North and southbound traffic closed this section (red) of Leslie Street north of Lake Shore Blvd
  • Access to plazas maintained through temporary accesses from Lake Shore Blvd (right-in, right-out)
  • Access to plazas from Leslie north of plaza signal maintained (reduced lanes)
  • Access to Loblaws/Burger King maintained from Eastern Avenue
  • Access to Tim Hortons/Wendy’s and FreshCo maintained from Mosley Street

Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

The new temporary entrances to the plazas from Lake Shore Bvld will be open during these closures. Motorists should be mindful that they are crossing a trail when turning into and out of the plazas. Motorists must yield to pedestrians and cyclists. Additional lighting and extensive warning signage have been installed.

Please note: For safety, pedestrians and cyclists will not be able to cross Leslie Street on the north side of Lake Shore Blvd. They will be directed via signage to cross Leslie on the south section of the intersection.

TTC Service Changes

As a result of this closure, the 83 Jones bus route will be operating on a diversion route:

  • Southbound buses will divert south on Jones Avenue, west on Queen Street, south on Carlaw Avenue and east on Lake Shore Blvd, south on Leslie Street to Commissioners Street
  • Northbound buses will divert north on Carlaw Avenue, east on Eastern Avenue, north on Leslie Street, west on Queen Street and north on Jones Avenue

For more information please follow us on Twitter @ttclesliebarns and download the PDF version of this construction notice by clicking the icon below.

download a PDF version of this construction notice

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August 30, 2013 - Project Update

The Lake Shore Boulevard medians east and west of Leslie Street have been removed to ensure that a minimum of two traffic lanes plus a turning lane in both directions are maintained throughout construction. Utility upgrades continue on Leslie Street south of Lake Shore.

Photo showing the street where the median was removed

Upcoming Work

Construction crews will begin work to clean sewer lines along Commissioners Street. This work will occupy the centre lanes of Commissioners Street, allowing one lane of traffic open in each direction. The projected timeframe for this work is 10 weeks.

In September, 2013 the first full closure on Leslie Street from the north side of Lake Shore Blvd to the Plaza driveways (south of Mosley Street) will begin. During the closure, necessary underground infrastructure will be upgraded including sanitary sewers and utilities. Updates will be communicated once the specific closure start date is confirmed.

Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety – Temporary Accesses on Lake Shore Boulevard

Temporary accesses to the Loblaws/Burger King and Tim Hortons/Wendy’s and FreshCo Plazas will open in September. They will provide right-in and right-out access to westbound traffic on Lake Shore Blvd. The temporary accesses will help reduce plaza traffic overflow onto Eastern Avenue and Coxwell Avenue. Signage will be posted well in advance of the crossing, additional illumination will be installed and police and flag persons will be onsite to ensure the safe passage of all users. The accesses will be completely removed following construction on Leslie Street.

Please proceed slowly through the temporary accesses. Motorists must yield to pedestrians and cyclists!

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Aug 23, 2013

On the evening of Monday August 26th overnight construction will take place at the Leslie/Lake Shore Blvd intersection.

The contractor will be installing two utility monitoring points at the centre of the intersection in 10 x 5 metre work zones. A paid-duty officer will be on site to direct traffic and ensure safety of pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers making a left-hand turn are advised to proceed with caution through the intersection.

Hours of work:

The work will begin on Monday August 26th at 10:00p.m. until Tuesday August 27th at 5:00 a.m.

Also starting the week of August 26th, construction crews will begin work to clean sewer lines along Commissioners Street. Work will occupy the centre lanes of Commissioners Street, allowing one lane of traffic open in each direction. The projected completion of this work is November 2013 (10 weeks).

You can follow us on Twitter for frequent updates and other information regarding this project.

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Aug 6, 2013

Photo of sign asking drivers to yield to pedestrians

When temporary accesses from Lake Shore to the Loblaws/Burger King and FreshCO/Tim Hortons/Wendy’s plazas are constructed, drivers must yield to pedestrians and cyclists. Clear signage will be posted. Thank you to all who have sent suggestions.

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July 25, 2013 - Leslie Barns Summer Newsletter

If you don't have the print edition of our latest newsletter, you can download the PDF version here. PDF file

And, there is a Chinese language version of the newsletter, now available for download. PDF file

Remember, if you have any questions or would like to know more about the project, please visit our community office at 1258 Queen Street East. Or, you can email us at lesliebarns@ttc.ca and follow us on twitter @TTClesliebarns. Thank you.

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June 26, 2013 - Construction and Traffic Management Meetings

A second round of consultation meetings were held in May to present updated construction and traffic management plans to the community. These plans had been updated to reflect feedback received from the community during the first round of consultations held in March and April with local residents, BIA and Port Lands businesses. This report was created to summarize and capture the key comments raised during the meetings held on May 21, 22 and 23, 2013.

Consultation Report from May 2013 Meetings PDF file

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June 21, 2013 - Construction Update

Construction will begin shortly on temporary entrances to the FreshCo, Tim Hortons/Wendy’s and Loblaws/Burger King plazas off of Lake Shore Blvd.

The temporary access points will provide right-in and right-out access to westbound traffic on Lake Shore Blvd. and help to prevent an overload of traffic onto Eastern Avenue, Coxwell Avenue, and north-south residential streets in the vicinity of Leslie. As the temporary right-in and right-out accesses will cross the Martin Goodman Trail and pedestrian sidewalk, measures to ensure safety for pedestrians and cyclists is the most important priority.

Access to the Martin Goodman Trail will be maintained at all times. In order to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, the area will be marked with advanced warning signage, offer additional lighting for visibility and have police/flag person presence upon opening.

Map info graphic describing construction details in the Leslie and Lake Shore area

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June 14, 2013 - Leslie Barns community office opens doors

Today TTC Chair Karen Stintz, CEO Andy Byford and Councillors Paula Fletcher and Mary-Margaret McMahon joined the Leslieville Business Improvement Area to celebrate the opening of the Leslie Barns Project Community Office.

In keeping with the TTC’s renewed commitment to modernization, proactive community engagement and communications, the community office will serve neighbourhood residents and businesses throughout the construction process to ensure concerns that may arise are addressed directly by TTC staff on the ground.

photo of the community office store-front

The office is located at 1258 Queen Street East (at Hastings Avenue).
Office hours throughout the summer are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, and evenings by appointment.

Construction is underway on the Leslie Barns Streetcar Maintenance and Storage Facility, located at Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard. This facility, being built to Toronto Green Development standards, will house the TTC’s new fleet of low-floor accessible streetcars. The Leslie Barns will feature a green roof and stormwater management pond.

Construction is also set to begin on the Leslie Street Connection Track. Work will include streetscaping along Leslie and Queen Streets, hundreds of new trees and plantings, new lighting and widened sidewalks.

Project details and construction information will be readily available through the community office, on this website and on Twitter @TTClesliebarns.

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June 13, 2013 - Leslie Street Connection Track - Underground Municipal Infrastructure

Notice of Upcoming Construction (PDF PDF file)

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June 13, 2013 - Leslie Barns & Leslie Street Connection Track Update
Leslie Street Works, South of Mosley Street

Over the coming weeks, you can expect to see the following construction activities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this work please get in touch. Contact info can be found at the bottom.

Work Description & Purpose

  • Ductbank construction work will be conducted in the southbound curb lane of Leslie Street from south of Commissioners St. to Lake Shore Blvd, as well as in the southbound curb lane between Lake Shore and Mosley Street.
  • Ductbank construction along Mosley Street (north side), west of Leslie Street.
  • Various activities, including storm sewer installation, on the east side of Leslie St.
  • Median removal on Lake Shore Blvd. at Leslie Street to maintain east-west traffic flow.
  • Construction of temporary plaza entrances along Lake Shore Blvd.
  • Shifting of Martin Goodman Trail along Leslie Street between Commissioners Street and Lake Shore Blvd.

Traffic and Parking Details

  • Access will be maintained to businesses at all times.
  • Access to Martin Goodman Trail will be maintained.
  • Southbound traffic on Leslie Street will be reduced to one lane during work hours. Access to the plazas will be maintained throughout this process. During non-work hours, access to reduced lanes and driveways north of Lakeshore Blvd. will be restored through use of steel plating.
  • Lake Shore Blvd. approaching Leslie intersection – some lane reductions/turning restrictions. A minimum of four through lanes (two eastbound and two westbound) must be maintained at all times, as well as left turn lanes.
  • Leslie Street between Commissioners and Mosley - lane reductions/turning restrictions:
    1 lane of traffic open to both northbound and southbound traffic.
  • Along Leslie Street, approximately 40m south of Commissioners (south curb) - lane reductions/turning restrictions:
    1 lane of traffic open to both northbound and southbound traffic.
    Middle lanes will be restricted for 40 meters to facilitate work.
  • Along Mosley, West of Leslie - lane reductions/turning restrictions:
    Westbound curb lane reduction.
    2-way traffic will be maintained.

Work Hours

Work hours are scheduled as follows:
7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily — south of Lake Shore Blvd.
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily — north of Lake Shore Blvd.

*Timelines are subject to change due to weather

Please contact us to get construction updates:
Elizabeth Garkowski & Niki Angelis
Community Liaisons
Phone: 416.981.7360
Email: lesliebarns@ttc.ca
Website: lesliebarns.ttc.ca

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May 29, 2013 - Leslie Barns Track Construction Update
TTC Preliminary Rail Welding and Storage

This spring construction will begin on the Leslie Street Connection Track for the new Leslie Barns Maintenance and Storage Facility. This project will require approximately 800 meters of new track to be installed from Queen Street to Commissioners Street.

Preliminary Work: Rail Welding/Storage Location
Start Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
End Date: Monday, June 3, 2013

In advance of this project, preliminary rail-welding work and rail storage is required by the TTC to speed future rail installation.

Starting on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 for approximately 3 days, a rail crew will occupy the east side lane on Leslie Street, south of Lake Shore Blvd., in front of Allotment Gardens near Unwin Avenue. Rail welding involves welding standard lengths of rail into longer strings in advance of track construction. This will allow for faster track installation, reducing the construction disruption to the local community.

The newly welded strings of rail will remain stored for approximately 1.5 – 2 years on the east side of Leslie Street between the two entrances to Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant. The amount of track in storage will be depleted as rail installation on Leslie Street progresses. Rail will not be stored in front of the Allotment Gardens after the welding is complete.

Traffic and Parking Restrictions

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions through the work area. Parking will not be permitted in the area while the welding work is taking place. Please note that access to Allotment Gardens will be maintained at all times.

Work Hours

The welding operations will generally be conducted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Some after hours work to deliver rail may be required to support this daytime operation. Thank you for your patience during this work. Requests are in to our rail construction team to avoid weekend work if possible beside the Allotment Garden.

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Leslie Street Connection Track Construction & Traffic Management Consultation #2

Thank you to all who attended the second Leslie Street Connection Track Construction & Traffic Management Consultation meeting on May 21.

Leslie Barns Connection Track Presentation PDF file from the May 21 consultation.

As follow-up to the March 27, 2013 community meeting - and subsequent April meetings with local businesses - TTC and the City hosted a second community meeting on May 21 to present and discuss updated and improved construction plans for Leslie Street. Thank you to everyone who has submitted suggestions to date.

Project Update Meeting: Tuesday, May 21

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Open House: 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Presentation and Discussion: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Morse Street Public School (Gym), 180 Carlaw Avenue
(just south of Queen St)

Public Meeting Notice (PDF PDF file)

Public Meeting Notice Chinese Translation (PDF PDF file)

Consultation Report – March and April, 2013 Construction and Traffic Management Consultations

Please review the consultation report from the March 27th, 2013 community meeting and subsequent April 9 and 12, 2013 meetings with Queen Street and Portlands businesses.
Consultation Report (PDF PDF file)
Appendix A - Notifications (PDF PDF file)

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Project Update Meeting: March 27, 2013

Leslie Street Connection Track Construction & Traffic Management Consultation

City of Toronto Transportation and the TTC held a meeting to give a project update and discuss traffic and disruption management during construction on Leslie Street with the local community. Thank you to all who attended.

Date: Wednesday March 27, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

Location: S.H Armstrong Community Rec Centre, 56 Woodfield Road

Public meeting notice:

Leslie St Construction & Traffic Management PDF file

Leslie St Construction &Traffic Management - Chinese Translation PDF file

Presentation:

Public Meeting Presentation PDF file

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Introducing... Leslie Barns

At its meeting of November 21, 2012, the Commission endorsed a change of name for the new streetcar facility being built at Lake Shore Blvd and Leslie Street to the "Leslie Barns". Historical documents contained within these pages will still refer to the facility as "Ashbridges Bay Streetcar Maintenance & Storage Facility".

Please note the new email address is lesliebarns@ttc.ca.

Download our Winter 2013 Newsletter PDF file (1 MB)