Martin Goodman Trail Update – December 22, 2015

Regular access has been restored through the Winter on the Martin Goodman Trail as follows:

Along the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard, between Leslie Street and Coxwell Avenue.

Image of the Martin Goodman Trail.

Along the east side of Leslie Street, between Lake Shore Boulevard and Commissioners Street.

Image of the Martin Goodman Trail.


Leslie Barns Update – December 18, 2015

To keep our streetcars running smoothly, wheel “truing” is undertaken. The wheels are inspected and lathed as necessary to remove imperfections and keep them round.

Image of a new streetcar inside the Leslie Barns facility.


Closing of the Project Community Office – 1258 Queen Street East

The community office located at 1258 Queen Street East closed on Wednesday, December 16. Please continue to contact us via email at lesliebarns@ttc.ca or by calling 416-894-2823. Thank you to everyone who took time to visit the office, it was a pleasure to be a part of the Leslieville community.


Project Update – November 25, 2015

The acoustic wall around the Leslie Barns was designed by Brown and Storey Architects. It will look very different once complete! In addition to red decorative panels and greenery, two large full height viewing panels will be installed, one on Lake Shore Boulevard, and one on Leslie Street. Please see the Landscape Design page for more information.

Image of a new streetcar at the Leslie Barns facility during sunset.

Example of a full height viewing panel to be installed in 2016. One will be placed along Lake Shore Boulevard and one on Leslie Street.

Leslie Barns Video – November 20, 2015

Please see the new video of the Leslie Barns.


Construction Update - November 20, 2015

New streetcars to begin service from Leslie Barns

On Sunday November 22, 2015, new streetcars began regular service out of the Leslie Barns. The bulk of new vehicles leave between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Image of a new streetcar at the Leslie Barns facility during sunset.

Weekend work - Saturday, November 21

Activities included hydrovac work at Sears Street, formwork and saw-cutting at the Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard intersection and general housekeeping.

Week of November 23

On Tuesday, November 24, a traffic pole was relocated/installed at the northeast corner of the Loblaws/Tim Horton’s/Wendy’s/FreshCo plaza intersection on Leslie Street. Crews occupied the northbound curb lane on Leslie Street and the lights were out-of-service at the intersection for the majority of the day. A police officer was on site to direct traffic. Pedestrian access was maintained with passersby guided around the work zone.

On Wednesday, November 25, overhead hydro work required intermittent occupation of the Lake Shore Boulevard eastbound centre lane from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pedestrian access was maintained at the southwest corner of Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street and a police officer was on site to assist traffic and pedestrians.

Also on Wednesday, there was intermittent and partial occupation of the Martin Goodman Trail at the southeast corner of Commissioners Street and Leslie Street for utility work. The trail width was reduced but access was maintained.


Construction Update - November 13, 2015

Access Restored to Sears Street and Memory Lane

Access was restored to both Sears Street and Memory Lane from Leslie Street. As a result, Laing Street was restored to a one-way northbound street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street as of Monday, November 16, 2015. All signage for the temporary two-way allowance was removed followed by the reinstallation of the one-way signage.

83 Jones and 31B Greenwood Bus Routes

The 83 Jones and 31B Greenwood bus returned to original routing on November 16.


Construction Update - November 3, 2015

Temporary plaza entrances on Lake Shore closed

The Lake Shore temporary entrances (right-in, right-out) to the Loblaws and FreshCo/Tim Horton’s/Wendy’s plazas closed and crews restored the area to pre-existing conditions. This work required a westbound curb lane occupation adjacent to the temporary entrances during off peak hours. The pedestrian and cyclist trail which crosses the temporary entrance remained accessible. A flag person or police officer was present to help assist pedestrian and cyclist movement, as required.


Construction Update - October 16, 2015

Leslie and Lake Shore intersection

On Sunday, October 18, crews completed a final layer of asphalt on the north half of the Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard intersection. The layer helps smoothen the transition across the new tracks for all vehicles.


Update - October 14, 2015

Aerial view of the new Leslie Barns facility.
Image courtesy of Fred Sandoval.

The new Leslie Barns facility seen from above. The building’s green roof is one of the largest in Toronto and is irrigated from the storm water management pond on site. Recent streetcar runs to the Barns have been successful, and testing will continue over the coming weeks.  


Construction Update - October 13, 2015

Queen and Leslie Intersection

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, work to install a new duct took place at the northeast and southwest corners of the Leslie Street and Queen Street intersection. This work was done one corner at a time, beginning at the northeast corner and will involve the temporary partial removal of the sidewalk.

Overnight on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 11:59 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., TTC Overhead crews worked in the intersection of Leslie Street and Queen Street to install overhead wires. During this four hour period, buses served Queen Street through the area.


Fall 2015 Newsletter - September 18, 2015

The streetcar tracks are fully installed from Queen Street to the entry to Leslie Barns at Commissioners. New sidewalks and streetscaping upgrades are underway.

Download the PDF to read more - Fall 2015 Newsletter PDF file 


Construction Update – September 18, 2015

New Sidewalk Construction 

As part of Leslie Street streetscaping upgrades, new sidewalk construction commenced as early as 7 a.m. on September 21 and involved the removal of the current sidewalk and curb on the west side of Leslie Street, between Mosley Street and Eastern Avenue.

Removals began at Mosley and progressed north towards Eastern Avenue. Following this work, new sidewalks and curbs were constructed and decorative pavers were installed.  Concurrently, new sidewalk construction on the east side of Leslie Street between Queen Street and Eastern Avenue began on September 24th.


Construction Update - September 1, 2015

Lanes restored on Lake Shore Boulevard

Lake Shore Boulevard lanes restored to full capacity.

As of September 1, lanes were restored on Lake Shore Boulevard at Leslie Street. There are now three lanes plus a turning lane available in either direction on Lake Shore Boulevard. Additional lanes were also opened on Leslie Street south of Lake Shore Boulevard, providing two northbound lanes and one southbound lane for vehicular traffic. The north entrance to the Canadian Tire plaza has also been restored for vehicular access.

Some intermittent lane reductions will be required in the future to re-construct the centre medians on Lake Shore Boulevard and complete streetscaping upgrades and new overhead power.

The final layer of asphalt will be done within the Lake Shore/Leslie intersection at a later date to smoothen the transition for vehicles crossing the new tracks. This will be completed during overnight hours.


Construction Update - August 10, 2015

Leslie Street re-opened between Queen Street and Eastern Avenue as of August 8, 2015

Leslie Street re-opened from Queen Street to Eastern Avenue.

Traffic Details

  • On August 8, 2015, three lanes were restored to vehicular traffic on Leslie Street between Queen Street and Eastern Avenue, resulting in uninterrupted traffic movement between Queen Street and Lake Shore Boulevard.
  • The curb lane on the east side of Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street remains closed for ongoing utility upgrades and streetscaping activities.
  • Access to Memory Lane and Sears Street from Leslie Street is not available due to ongoing work.
  • Access to Mosley Street from Leslie Street is not available due to ongoing work.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Details

  • The sidewalk on the west side of Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street has been restored.
  • A minimum of one sidewalk on Leslie Street will be maintained during remaining streetscaping reconstruction activity between Queen Street and Lake Shore Boulevard.

Traffic configuration on Lake Shore Boulevard.


Construction Update - July 31, 2015

Road work on Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street.

Road work on Leslie Street continues. This work will allow vehicular access between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street to return by mid-August. New, wider sidewalks are also being installed on the west side of Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street. New, wider sidewalks will be installed on the east side after utility work is completed.


Construction Update – July 16, 2015

Track installation on Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street

Track installation on Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street.

Track installation has begun north of Eastern Avenue. Track installation requires continuous construction, including overnight work to ensure tracks are properly locked in place. Once track work is complete, crews will be able to complete the road base and final asphalt paving in this area in order to re-open the roadway for mid-August. The roadway work will be followed by the installation of new, wider sidewalks.


Construction Update - June 29, 2015

Over the weekend, the southbound lane on Leslie Street just north of Commissioners Street re-opened to vehicular traffic. A single lane in both directions is now available between Lake Shore Boulevard and Commissioners Street.

A dedicated left turn lane was also added for northbound vehicles on Leslie Street, approaching Lake Shore Boulevard.

Map illustration showing the lane closure and construction phase details.


Construction Update - June 2, 2015

As part of Brown and Storey Architects streetscaping plan for Leslie Street, sidewalk reconstruction will commence as early as June 3 and will involve the removal of the sidewalk and curb on the west side of Leslie Street, between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard. Removals are planned to begin at Lake Shore Boulevard and progress north towards Eastern Avenue. Following this work, new sidewalks and curbs will be constructed and decorative pavers will be installed.

Pedestrian Access

Pedestrians will be asked to use the sidewalk on the east side of Leslie Street when travelling between Lake Shore Boulevard and Eastern Avenue. Pedestrian access to the Tim Horton’s/Wendy’s/FreshCO plaza will be maintained via the plaza intersection.

Street Access and Parking

A single lane in either direction will remain available during this work. Traffic lanes will be shifted to the east side of Leslie Street to accommodate work zone and pedestrian access requirements.

Street parking will not be available on Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and Eastern Avenue for the duration of this work.


Construction Update - May 28, 2015

Leslie Street Update - Eastern Avenue to Queen Street

A 60 metre segment of the track tub on Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street was installed by the contractor 80 millimetres higher than designed. To ensure the roadway correctly aligns with the existing grade and to eliminate risk of having to return in the future to make repairs, TTC has ordered the contractor to repair their mistake at their cost. Once initiated, the repair is projected to take approximately 5 to 6 weeks and will ensure the long-term integrity of the rail. Once the track tub work is finalized, additional roadway work can commence in order to re-open Leslie Street between Queen Street and Eastern Avenue as soon as possible.


Construction Update - May 4, 2015

Traffic shift on Leslie Street

On Monday, May 4, traffic lanes on Leslie Street between Mosley Street and the south Canadian Tire plaza driveway were shifted east. This is to accommodate advancing track and road reconstruction activity along Leslie Street.

Traffic configuration on Lake Shore Boulevard.

Traffic Details

  • One lane in each direction will be maintained between Lake Shore Boulevard and the Loblaws/FreshCo/Tim Horton’s/Wendy’s plaza intersection.
  • One lane in each direction will be maintained between the south Canadian Tire plaza entrance and Lake Shore Boulevard.
  • One northbound lane will be available between Commissioners Street and the south Canadian Tire plaza entrance.
  • Access to the Canadian Tire plaza from the north driveway (near TD Bank/Driving Academy) will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic. Access to the plaza from Leslie Street will be maintained via the south driveway (near Boston Pizza).
  • There will be no change to the current traffic configuration on Lake Shore Boulevard.

Pedestrian/Cyclist Access

There will be no change to the current pedestrian and cyclist access as a result of this traffic shift.


Construction Update - April 24, 2015

Weekend Work

Scheduled activities took place on April 25 and included track foundation work (including saw cuts) on Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street. General site housekeeping activities were also conducted between Commissioners Street and Queen Street.

Queen and Leslie Intersection

Starting April 26 and continuing for approximately three weeks, weather permitting, TTC electrical crews will be installing new streetcar overhead infrastructure at the intersection of Queen Street and Leslie Street.

To keep this busy intersection open during the day and to complete this complex and extensive overhead work in a safe manner, work will take place overnight between Sundays and Thursdays.


Construction Update - April 20, 2015

Following weekend track work, both eastbound lanes of traffic have been restored on Lake Shore Boulevard at Leslie Street.

Map illustration showing the lane closure and construction phase details.


Construction Update - April 16, 2015

Over the April 18 and 19 weekend, one eastbound lane on Lake Shore Boulevard (at Leslie Street) was closed in order to carry out track installation and concrete pouring at the centre of the intersection.

Work Details

Crews staged the work zone on Friday, April 17 at 11:59 p.m. The lane re-opened on Monday, April 20 at 5:00 a.m.

Traffic configuration on Lake Shore Boulevard.

The traffic configuration on Lake Shore Boulevard was as follows:

  • Eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard (at Leslie Street) reduced to a single lane in addition to an east-to-north left turning lane.
  • Right turns from Leslie Street northbound to Lake Shore Boulevard eastbound were prohibited.
  • No change to the westbound direction on Lake Shore Boulevard.
  • As a result of City emergency work (see below), the northbound lane on Leslie Street, south of the Canadian Tire plaza, was also temporarily converted to a southbound lane from Friday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. to Monday, April 20.

City work at Lake Shore Boulevard and Carlaw Avenue

The City of Toronto conducted emergency work in the vicinity of the Lake Shore Boulevard and Carlaw Avenue intersection. This work was unrelated to the Leslie Barns project, but resulted in additional traffic restrictions.


Construction Update – April 10, 2015

Significant progress is underway at the Leslie Barns facility site and on Leslie Street.

At the facility, the interior maintenance bays are taking shape and the green roof, just one of the features designed to Toronto Green Standards, is being installed.

Installation of the green roof on the Leslie Barns.

Installation of the green roof on the Leslie Barns is underway.

A look inside the Leslie Barns facility and the future maintenance pit.

Future maintenance pit for the new streetcars. Maintenance crews will work from an elevated platform to access the streetcar’s mechanical and electrical components which are located on the top of the vehicle.

Current construction activities on Leslie Street are focused on the installation of the track bed. Following this step, track installation can commence between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street, and between Lake Shore Boulevard and Commissioners Street. Other key activities include underground utility work and new service connections.

A look at the track bed going in on Leslie Street, north of Eastern Avenue.

Track bed installation on Leslie Street, north of Eastern Avenue.

Crews working on pole installation on Leslie Street.

Overhead pole work on Leslie Street, south Queen Street.


Construction Update - March 20, 2015

Leslie Street and Commissioners Street Traffic Reconfiguration

As of March 23, a section of Leslie Street between Commissioners Street and the northern Canadian Tire plaza entrance has one northbound lane only. Access from Lake Shore Boulevard to the plaza entrance on Leslie Street will remain open at all times. The new configuration is required for track work and will be in place for approximately ten weeks (starting March 23).

Map illustration showing the lane closure and construction phase details.

Traffic Details

  • One lane in either direction will remain available on Leslie between Lake Shore and the north Canadian Tire plaza entrance (beside TD Bank) off of Leslie Street.
  • The southbound lane on Leslie Street will be closed between the north Canadian Tire plaza entrance and Commissioners Street.
  • A minimum of one lane in either direction will be available on Leslie Street, south of Commissioners Street.
  • A minimum of one lane in either direction will be available on Commissioners Street, west of Leslie Street.
  • Access to the Canadian Tire plaza remains open as usual from Leslie Street and eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Access

The Martin Goodman trail will remain accessible at all times.


Project Update and Year in Review

Leslie Barns progress

Throughout 2014 and early 2015 there was significant progress on the Barns; the building envelope was substantially completed, including a glass curtain wall, masonry and thermal panels. The new green roof will be completed in 2015.

Aerial photo showing the progress at the Leslie Barns construction site.

Image courtesy of Tom Tardif / Azimuth Geomatics and TTC

Currently on Leslie

The current configuration on Leslie has a lane in either direction available between Lake Shore Boulevard and Eastern Avenue. Leslie between Eastern and Queen is closed for utility upgrades to be followed by track installation and streetscaping.

What’s next on Leslie Street?

Leslie Street underwent significant upgrades in 2014 and early 2015. Remaining work in 2015 will include:

  • Final watermain, sewer and utility upgrades and connections
  • Overhead pole installation
  • Track installation on Leslie Street from south of Queen Street to just north of Eastern Avenue, and from the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard to Commissioners Street
  • Streetscaping upgrades from Queen Street to Commissioners

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Leslie Street (roadway) construction scheduled for completion?
Pending weather, the projected completion date for Leslie Street roadway-specific construction is Summer 2015, to be followed by landscape upgrades and plantings in the Fall.

Why is a noise prevention wall required around the Leslie Barns?
The wall is needed to meet Ministry of the Environment noise limits. It is not yet complete and will include both red patterned panels and greenery.

When will the final landscaping and red wall treatment around the Leslie Barns be completed?
The landscaping around the Barns and the red wall are scheduled to commence in Fall, 2015. The land outside the wall will be raised in areas from its current level and will include hundreds of plantings and trees. There is heavy construction remaining before the wall is completed.

Download a copy of the 2014 Year in Review Newsletter (1 MBPDF file)


Construction Update – March 10, 2015

New cyclist/pedestrian configuration at Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street

Map illustration showing the lane closure and construction phase details.

As of March 17, 2015, a temporary pedestrian and cyclist path was put in place at the southeast corner of the Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard intersection. The protected path re-routes pedestrians and cyclists around the construction zone. The Martin Goodman Trail and the north-southpedestrian crossing on the east side of the Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard intersection will remain open.


Construction Update - February 27, 2015

Lake Shore Boulevard Traffic Shift

During the evening of Tuesday, March 3, crews worked in the Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street intersection to shift traffic lanes.

map showing current construction on Leslie Street

Traffic Details

  • All traffic lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard were shifted from the south side to the north side.
  • Two through lanes plus a turning lane are available in both directions.
  • To complete final watermain/sewer upgrades and track installation safely, it is not possible to maintain a third westbound through traffic lane (a lane was re-instated in January and maintained as long as possible).

Pedestrian and Cyclist Access

  • Due to the location of the work zone, the east-west pedestrian and cyclist crossing located at the south side of the intersection is closed.
  • The east-west crossing on the north side of the intersection is available.
  • The north-south crosswalks located on the east and west side of the intersection are available.

Construction Update - February 20, 2015

Overhead Pole Installation

picture of pole installation on Leslie Street

New overhead pole installation is taking place on Leslie Street. These poles will be used for both street lighting and for the overhead wiring system which provides power to the streetcars. After installation, the next step is fitting the street light arm to the new pole.


Construction Update - January 26, 2015

Utility work on Leslie Street, south of Commissioners Street

Work has started on Leslie Street, south of Commissioners Street to reconstruct utilities. This is anticipated to take 10 days to complete. During this time, crews will be occupying the north and southbound curb lanes south of Commissioners Street. One lane in each direction (through the work zone) will be available for vehicular traffic.

map showing current construction on Leslie Street south of Commissioners Street


Construction Update - January 9, 2015

Utility work on the west sidewalk on Leslie Street

Starting on Friday January 9, the west side of the Leslie Street sidewalk between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street will be closed for approximately 8 weeks to carry out utility work located directly underneath the sidewalk.

Activities will include the removal of the sidewalk and breakout of utility protection which will create noise and vibration. Following this, track work and sidewalk reconstruction may commence pending weather.

During this time period, pedestrians travelling north/south must use the sidewalk on the east side of Leslie Street.