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.
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. The repair is projected to take approximately 5 weeks and will ensure the long-term integrity of the rail.
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.
- 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.
There will be no change to the current pedestrian and cyclist access as a result of this traffic shift.
Construction Update - April 24, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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 is underway.
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.
Track bed installation on Leslie Street, north of Eastern Avenue.
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).
- 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.
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 MB)
Construction Update – March 10, 2015
New cyclist/pedestrian configuration at Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street
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.
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
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.
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.
Construction Update - December 17, 2014
Re-Opening of Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and Plaza Intersection
Access has been restored on Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and the plazas intersection. The left hand turn from eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard onto Leslie Street (northbound) has been restored. There is now one lane of traffic available in both directions on Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and Eastern Avenue.
The east-west pedestrian and cyclist crossing on the north side of the Lake Shore and Leslie intersection will be restored by December 23.
Construction Update - December 8, 2014
Re-Opening of Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Plazas
A section of Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and the plaza intersection re-opened to traffic on Saturday, December 6. A minimum of a single lane in either direction is available for vehicular use.
Construction Update - December 2, 2014
Pedestrian and Cyclist Crossing
In order to commence work on the streetcar tracks on Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and the plaza driveways, the east-west crossing on the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard will be temporarily removed. The crossing will be reinstated as soon as it is safe to do so, before the end of December 2014.
The north-south crossings to the Martin Goodman Trail and to the Canadian Tire plaza will remain accessible, as well as the east-west crossing on the south of the intersection.
Leslie Street south of Lake Shore Boulevard
On December 1, 2014, a northbound lane on Leslie Street from Commissioners Street to Lake Shore Boulevard was re-opened for vehicular use. The Canadian Tire plaza remains accessible from both Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street. Vehicles will have to share a signalized lane for a short stretch of Leslie Street north of Commissioners Street.
Construction Update - November 14, 2014
Infrastructure upgrades continued on Leslie Street. During this week, workers concreted the base of a storm sewer chamber on Leslie Street, south of Queen Street. This chamber will connect the existing storm sewer, which has been recently reinforced, to the new storm culvert.
Construction Update - November 7, 2014
Additional east-west green time has been added to Lake Shore Boulevard (at the Leslie Street intersection), to help with traffic flow. Sufficient green time for the north-south crossing at the intersection has been maintained to ensure safety for pedestrians and cyclists. A flag person is stationed daily at the southeast corner of the intersection to assist with crossings from the Martin Goodman Trail to the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard.
Pedestrian and Cyclists Crossing
An east-west pedestrian-cyclist crossing on the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard at Leslie Street has been re-instated. Once major sewer upgrades and track work are completed, this crossing can be widened.
Construction Update - October 31, 2014
Leslie Street Work
This past week, new watermain connections were made to homes and businesses and work progressed on the new sanitary sewer along Leslie Street.
On Tuesday, November 4, the through-traffic access between the plazas closed to commence work on track foundations. Access to plaza businesses will be available from Eastern Avenue and Mosley Street or the temporary accesses off of Lake Shore Boulevard.
Construction Update - October 27, 2014
Construction activities on Leslie Street north of Eastern Avenue are progressing. Utility upgrade work is underway following the recently installed high capacity storm sewer in that area.
Track installation is complete on Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Mosley Street.
Crews preparing for track foundation work on Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and Commissioners Street.
Newly streetscaped corners of Hastings Avenue/Queen Street and Leslie Street/Queen Street. Leslieville BIA benches to be installed.
Construction Update - October 24, 2014
Sidewalk Excavation for Utility Upgrades
During the week of Monday, October 27, the sidewalk on the east side of Leslie Street between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street was excavated. This was necessary to complete upgrades and new connections to various underground utilities including Rogers, Bell and Hydro. It is expected that the east sidewalk will be unavailable for approximately 5 weeks for this major utility work. During this time, the sidewalk on the west side of Leslie Street will be open. Following
Construction Update - October 10, 2014
Crews worked over the weekend to conduct various activities on Leslie Street.
Details are as follows:
Eastern Avenue to Queen Street
Concrete pouring on the west side of Leslie Street, south of Queen Street.
Installation of box culverts for the storm sewer, south of Queen Street.
Lake Shore Boulevard to Eastern Avenue
Concrete pouring between Mosley Street and the plaza intersection.
Saw cuts for new tracks between Mosley and the plaza intersection.
Excavation to expose sheet piles south of plaza intersection.
Commissioners Street to Lake Shore Boulevard
Preparatory work for concrete pours north of Commissioners Street.
Construction Update - October 7, 2014
TTC crews worked overnight on October 8 and 9 to install track on Leslie Street between Mosley Street and Eastern Avenue.
On projects of this magnitude, the TTC pre-welds large pieces of rail in advance of installation. This helps speed up the overall process. In addition, to prevent potential warping of the track, tie-in welds are done at night when the temperature is cooler and in advance of a concrete pour to lock them in. If this is not done in a timely manner the track can warp.
While some noise will be unavoidable, noisy work such as breaking of concrete will not be permitted.
Construction Update - October 3, 2014
Recent activities on Leslie Street included chamber construction as part of storm sewer improvements at the Commissioners and Leslie intersection, excavation work between Lake Shore Boulevard and Mosley Street and the start of new track installation south of Eastern Avenue.
As early as Monday, October 6, construction crews began working on the northeast corner of the Queen and Leslie intersection to complete pole foundations, including concrete pours. Sidewalk interruptions will be necessary as part of this work. Flag people will be present to help safely direct pedestrians.
Construction Update - September 25, 2014
Current Major Phase of Work
The current phase of work began on September 30, 2014, and takes place on Leslie Street between the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard and the Loblaws/Burger King and Tim Horton’s/Wendy’s/FreshCo plaza intersection. This portion of Leslie Street, north of Lake Shore Boulevard, is closed for water infrastructure and utility upgrades, followed by new track installation.
Access to Leslie Street northbound will be unavailable from Lake Shore Boulevard.
East-west movement will be available between the plaza intersection on Leslie Street.
Alternative access to the plazas will be maintained via Eastern Avenue, Mosley Street and the temporary entrances from Lake Shore Boulevard.
The east-west pedestrian crossing on the north side of the plaza intersection will remain open.
Construction Update - September 22, 2014
Leslie and Eastern Intersection Re-opening
The Eastern and Leslie intersection re-opened to east-west traffic on the evening of September 22. A lane is available from Eastern Avenue to provide access to the Marigold Gardens Condominium parking garage.
Construction Update - September 15, 2014
Leslie and Commissioners Closure
Leslie Street between Commissioners and the north Canadian Tire Plaza driveway access is closed to conduct sanitary, storm and watermain connections. This closure is scheduled to be in place until November, 2014.
Access to the Canadian Tire plaza from Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard will be available.
The north half of the Commissioners intersection to the north entrance of the Canadian Tire plaza will be closed to traffic.
Southbound traffic on Leslie Street will not be able to access Commissioners Street from Lake Shore Boulevard.
No access from Commissioners Street to Lake Shore Boulevard via Leslie Street northbound.
The 83 Jones bus will use Carlaw Avenue. For updates on all TTC routes, please visit www.ttc.ca (see "Route Diversions").
In addition, the Commissioners and Leslie intersection has the following configuration as of Monday, September 8:
Vehicles travelling east on Commissioners are able to turn south onto Leslie Street.
Vehicles travelling north on Leslie are able to turn west onto Commissioners Street.
Construction Update - September 4, 2014
Eastern Avenue and Leslie Street Intersection Closure
A closure of the intersection at Leslie Street and Eastern Avenue is required until the week of September 22, 2014.
Soil conditions are not stable enough to excavate the intersection one half at a time, as there is risk that the pavement would collapse. For safety reasons, a full closure is required.
Planned construction activities include a new watermain installation, sanitary sewer connection, removal of old storm sewers, new storm sewer construction with added capacity, Enbridge gas main work, and TTC track installation.
Drivers to divert around Eastern/Leslie via alternate north/south routes (Coxwell, Carlaw) and alternative east/west routes (i.e. Lake Shore, Queen)
There will be no access to Eastern or Queen from Leslie Street
Speed limit 30 km/h on all residential streets between Carlaw and Coxwell
Access to the Marigold Gardens Condo parking garage and the Duke parking lot via either Memory Lane or Sears
Access to businesses east and west of intersection maintained
Access to Lake Shore plazas maintained
Leslieville businesses open and accessible on Queen Street East
Pedestrian access to all properties on Leslie between Queen and Eastern will be maintained at all times.
Pedestrian crossings at Eastern and Leslie will be maintained, but relocated around the excavated area and work zone to ensure safety.
Due to limited space for crossings around the closure, cyclists will be temporarily asked to dismount and walk at the crossing.
TTC Service Changes
Streetcar service will be restored on Queen Street
The 143 Beach Express bus will be temporarily re-routed
Routing details will be posted at www.ttc.ca (see “Route Diversions”)
All other bus routes will remain on their current detours
Construction Update – August 22, 2014
A number of upgrades to underground infrastructure are well underway along Leslie Street in advance of the streetcar track installation and streetscape upgrades.
Recent items completed include:
Upper and lower storm sewer upgrades at Leslie and Queen
New Toronto Hydro duct bank installed on the east side of Leslie Street, between Mosley to just north of Lake Shore Boulevard
New storm sewer connection between Commissioners and Lake Shore
New utility and lighting cables installed on Leslie between Mosley and Eastern
Construction Update – July 11, 2014
Crews are now working at each of the corners of the Queen/Leslie intersection to install overhead catenary pole foundations. The work requires space in the north and south curb lanes on Queen Street with one lane in either direction remaining available. This work was scheduled to follow the opening of the intersection to ensure pedestrian access could be maintained to all businesses and residences.
Construction activity south of Queen on Leslie Street continues to upgrade water and utility infrastructure. Some of the major work to be done in this section includes:
New watermain installation and service connections
Removal of old sewer pipes
New sanitary sewer pipe installation
New storm sewer construction
Removing and replacing old utility duct banks
Toronto Hydro service connections
Catch basin and manhole installations
Track installation and road reconstruction
Streetscape upgrades, including new sidewalks and plantings
Leslie Barns Facility
The Leslie Barns storage and maintenance facility is progressing well.
Some of the recent activity on the barns include:
Foundation wall construction is now complete for the entire facility
Installation of the glass curtain wall is underway
Work is progressing on the lower service platforms (which will be used by technicians to perform repairs on the new streetcar’s roof top equipment)
June 22, 2014 – Queen Street Open at Leslie Street!
On the morning of June 22, 2014, Queen Street was re-opened across Leslie Street following the completion of major water infrastructure upgrades and the installation of new streetcar tracks at the intersection. Thank you to everyone for your support during this work.
For updates on transit routing during upcoming construction at the Broadview/Queen intersection, please visit the Service Advisories page.
June 20, 2014 – Construction Update
We are now in the final days of the Leslie and Queen intersection closure. The construction crews are working hard to complete the infrastructure improvements and streetcar tracks for end of day on Saturday, June 21.
On June 22, Queen Street East is scheduled to re-open to vehicular traffic and transit.
Leslie Street north of Eastern Avenue will continue to be accessible to local traffic.
There will be no access to Leslie Street from Queen Street.
Starting in July, sidewalk work and overhead catenary pole foundations will commence. Localized lane closures will be needed to complete this work.
June 4, 2014 - Project Update
Please review our project update presentation (4 MB ) on construction progress on Leslie Street and Queen Street as of June 3, 2014.
June 3, 2014 - Construction Update
Queen/Leslie Intersection Closure
The work in the Queen and Leslie intersection is currently on schedule with a number of underground infrastructure upgrades completed. One hundred year old watermain valves have been replaced and the connection to the new watermain at Queen has been completed, along with steel encasement of the sanitary sewer and manhole reconstruction to make future utility maintenance easier, while avoiding impacts to transit.
Queen and Leslie Intersection – Utility Upgrades
Replacement of 80 year old watermain at the Queen & Leslie intersection
Replace 100 year old valves
Queen and Leslie Intersection - Scope
Replace 80+ year old watermain and water infrastructure
Install high capacity storm sewer
Install upgraded Bell chamber (avoids impacts to transit during utility works in future)
Install new TTC cables and chamber (access for maintenance)
Install new TTC tracks
Install new overhead catenary pole foundations and poles (will occur after the intersection closure for better pedestrian access)
Pre-Assembled Track Storage on Queen Street East
Beginning as early as Thursday June 5, at 7:00 a.m., pre-assembled rail infrastructure will be stored on Queen Street for approximately 10 days. This will help speed the track installation process and get transit back running on Queen across Leslie Street as soon as possible.
Beginning as early as Thursday June 5, at 7:00 a.m., pre-assembled track will be stored on Queen Street for approximately 10 days. Please note the above map shows approximate locations and are subject to change.
Pre-assembled rail system for Leslie/Queen requires multiple 80 ft flatbed trucks
The fastest way to install track is pre-assembly. The track system is installed like a jigsaw puzzle which significantly reduces installation time
Pre-assembled tracks will be stored on Queen Street in the centre lane.
On-street parking will be temporarily restricted within the storage areas.
Please contact us to get construction updates:
May 22, 2014 - Transit Routing Update
In order to improve the overall operation of replacement transit on Queen Street East, changes have been made to service.
May 16, 2014 - Upcoming Construction Activity
Beginning as early as Tuesday, May 20, crews will be working on pole foundations. Sidewalk disruptions on Queen and Leslie will be unavoidable as part of this work. Flag people will be present to help direct pedestrian traffic.
Construction crews will continue working at the Queen and Leslie intersection over the long weekend. As a reminder, permission has been granted to work 24/7 for the intersection closure only. This is to help restore this intersection and access to the local community as quickly as possible.
Community Feedback and Improvements
Thank you to everyone who has been forwarding us suggestions, comments and concerns regarding the Queen and Leslie intersection closure. In response to feedback we have received, here are some of the changes that have been made:
Parking will be allowed on both sides of Alton Avenue for the duration of the intersection closure to slow traffic.
Additional signage (Businesses Open, Local Traffic Only, Queen closed at Leslie, etc.) has been added to various locations around the construction site.
Speed limits have been reduced to 30 km/h on various local residential streets close to the closure.
Flagpersons/Police have been stationed at various times near Jones, Alton Avenue, Berkshire, Curzon Streets to help reduce traffic speed and improve safety.
Ongoing review of TTC bus and streetcar service to improve efficiency. We are told to expect changes next week and will keep you posted.
Upcoming Events and the Leslieville BIA – Support our local Businesses!
Please join TTC, the Leslieville BIA and Councillors Paula Fletcher and Mary-Margaret McMahon as we throw open the doors to the Russell Carhouse as part of this year’s exciting citywide Doors Open Event. Come see the brand new streetcar before it hits the road, and check out our beautiful vintage streetcars.
When: Saturday, May 24, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Russell Carhouse (Queen Street East at Connaught Avenue)
May 8, 2014 - Queen and Leslie Construction and Intersection Closure
The intersection of Queen Street East and Leslie Street will be fully closed to vehicles and transit from May 11 to June 21 for underground utility upgrades and streetcar track installation. This work is required to upgrade aging utilities, sewers, water-mains and install new streetcars tracks and infrastructure.
Please remember that local businesses in Leslieville are open throughout!
You can get more information regarding the closure and the construction from the following sources:
From our TTC.ca Service Advisories, please see;
May 5, 2014 – TTC CEO Explainer Video – Queen Street East Construction Projects
TTC CEO Andy Byford and Head of Corporate Communications Brad Ross created a video that explains the major Queen Street East Closures - at Leslie Street, Victoria Street and finally at Broadview Avenue.
April 25, 2014 - Leslie Barns Spring Newsletter
Please review the Spring, 2014 Leslie Barns Newsletter (PDF )
The newsletter includes updates on:
Construction progress on Leslie Street
The Queen/Leslie intersection closure starting May 11, 2014
Transit routing during the closure
The Leslieville BIA
Doors Open event on May 24, 2014 featuring the new streetcar at the Russell Carhouse
April 11, 2014 - Upcoming Closure Details
Queen and Leslie Closure May 11-June 21, 2014*
This closure is required for underground utility upgrades and the installation of the new streetcar tracks and infrastructure in the intersection. While diversions will be required around the intersection, the TTC and the Leslieville BIA encourage the community to continue to support local business during construction.
*subject to weather
Here is how you can get around during construction.
The 501 streetcars will continue to travel between Neville Park and downtown, diverting via Coxwell, Gerrard and Broadview.
Replacement bus service (see map) will travel along Queen Street, between Kingston Road and University Ave, diverting via Dundas between Jones and Greenwood. Additional north-south bus service on Carlaw, Jones, and Greenwood.
Cyclists and Pedestrians
Pedestrian access across the intersection will be maintained. Cyclists must dismount and walk for a short stretch at the intersection. Directional signs will be clearly visible.
Queen St at Leslie St will be closed to through traffic. This will require drivers to divert around the work zone. Sections east and west of the work zone will remain accessible for driving, parking and local shopping.
Please see the PDF version of this notice. (1 MB PDF )
April 9, 2014 – Construction Update
What work is happening?
Upgrades to underground utilities on Leslie Street from north of the plaza intersections to the south side of Eastern Avenue.
Installation of a new, improved watermain, providing service to homes and businesses on Leslie Street. A temporary watermain feed has been installed on the west side of Leslie Street from Eastern to just south of Queen Street.
Work taking place in the Queen and Leslie intersection includes the construction of a TTC chamber on the southwest corner and a Bell chamber on the northwest corner.
Traffic, Cycling, Access and Parking Details
Leslie Street: closed from north of the Leslie Street plaza intersection to Eastern Avenue. In all other stretches of Leslie, one lane is open in each direction.
Eastern Avenue: Two through lanes of traffic will be maintained. The bike lane on Eastern will be interrupted in advance of the intersection. Please use caution.
Queen Street: One eastbound lane and one westbound lane are open across the Leslie intersection until the full intersection closure for watermain upgrades and TTC infrastructure works, scheduled to begin on May 11, 2014.
During the work, on-street parking will not be available adjacent to construction.
March 28, 2014 – Emergency Pot Hole Repairs by the City
What is happening?To protect vehicles from damage, emergency pothole repairs will be undertaken by the City starting this evening at approximately 4:30 p.m. The work is scheduled for completion by approximately Saturday at 11:00 p.m. pending weather.
What is Closed:
- Leslie Street – north of Commissioners to the south side of the Canadian Tire driveway.
What is Open:
- Northbound left turns from Leslie Street onto Commissioners Street westbound.
- Eastbound right turns from Commissioners Street to Leslie Street southbound.
- Canadian Tire driveway access on Leslie Street.
March 26, 2014 – Construction Update
What work is happening?
Upgrades to underground utilities on Leslie Street from north of the plaza intersections to the south of Eastern Avenue.
Installation of a new watermain, providing service to homes and businesses on Leslie Street. Work includes excavation in the Leslie curb lane between Eastern and Queen on the east side.
Work taking place at Queen and Leslie intersection includes the construction of a TTC chamber on the southwest corner and a Bell chamber on the northwest corner.
Traffic and Parking Details
Leslie Street: Adjacent to the watermain work zone, one northbound lane and one southbound lane will remain open.
The curb lane will be closed on Leslie Street adjacent to the work zone - north of Eastern Avenue to the south side of Queen Street.
Queen Street: One eastbound lane and one westbound lane will remain open across the Leslie intersection.
During the work, on-street parking will not be available adjacent to construction.
March 19, 2014 - Works to Date
The Leslie Barns construction is well underway. The storm water management pond, formwork and pouring of concrete walls and structural steel installation is complete. The electrical and communication chambers, duct banks, underground utilities, track drains and catch basins are all under construction.
The 80 year old water infrastructure under Leslie Street is being upgraded. The work includes upgrading storm and sanitary sewers, watermains and upgrading underground utilities. As of March 10, 2014, Leslie Street is closed for approximately 14 weeks from north of the plaza driveways to just south of Eastern Avenue to complete the utility upgrades. Access from Lake Shore Blvd (eastbound and westbound) to the plazas on Leslie Street is open.
Photo Caption: Aerial view of the Leslie Barns site, looking south. March 9 2014
Photo By: Fred Sandoval
March 7, 2014 - Construction Update - Watermain Installation
What work is happening?
- Construction will begin to install a new watermain, providing service to homes and businesses on Leslie Street.
- Coordinating this work with Toronto Water will avoid future construction disruption after the connecting track work is completed.
- Work will include excavation in the Leslie curb lane between Eastern and Queen on the eastside. Work will be completed in sections moving from Eastern north towards Queen.
- This work will not block both Sears Street and Memory Lane at the same time.
Traffic and Parking Details
- Leslie Street: Adjacent to the watermain work zone, one northbound lane and one southbound lane will remain open.
- The curb lane will be closed on the eastside of Leslie street- north of Eastern Avenue to the south side of Queen street.
- During the first phase of work, parking will be displaced on both sides of Leslie street between Eastern avenue Sears street. During this time, parking will be available between Sears Street and Memory Lane.
- During the second phase of work, parking will be displaced on both side of Leslie street between Sears street and Memory lane. During this time, parking will be available between Eastern Avenue and Sears Street.
Pedestrian and Cyclist AccessThe contractor is required to maintain pedestrian access to homes and businesses at all times.
Work will take place Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Residents and businesses located within the closed section of Leslie Street, please continue to put out garbage as regularly scheduled. The contractor will be relocating garbage bins for collection, please label bins with your address number.
*Timelines are subject to change pending weather and unforeseen events.
February 27, 2014 - Construction Update
Leslie Street - Sectional Closure
Duration: As early as March 5, 2014 for approximately 14 weeks. *
In order to complete upgrades to underground utilities, sections of Leslie Street will be closed to vehicle traffic in phases. Work taking place in this phase will begin north of the plaza intersections on Leslie Street to the south of Eastern Avenue.
Traffic and Parking
Lake Shore Boulevard - Two through lanes will be maintained in both directions at all times.
Leslie Street – Two lanes, one in each direction will reopen between Lake Shore and the plaza intersection.
Lake Shore and Leslie Intersection – Eastbound left turn lane will be reinstated.
Closed – Traffic in both directions will be closed between the northside of the plaza intersection to Eastern Avenue.
There will be no on-street parking available in the work zone.
When travelling from the south access will be maintained via the temporary driveways at Lake Shore (right-in, right-out) and Leslie (south of the plaza intersection).
When travelling from the North access will be maintained from Eastern Avenue.
There will be no westbound left turns permitted from Eastern to Leslie.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety
The temporary entrances to the plazas via Lake Shore will remain open during this closure. Motorists please keep aware that you are crossing a pedestrian/cyclist trail when turning in and out of the plazas.
Motorists must yield to pedestrians and cyclists.
Additional lighting and extensive warning signs have been installed.
There will be no impact to pedestrian’s crossings at Leslie and Eastern, including the Eastern Avenue bike lane. Access to residential properties in the closed section of Leslie will be maintained at all times.
TTC Service Changes
Due to the closure, the 83 Jones bus will continue to operate on the current diversion route:
Southbound – south on Jones – west on Queen- south on Carlaw – east on Lake Shore – south on Leslie to Commissioners.
Northbound – north on Carlaw-east on Eastern- north on Leslie- west on Queen- north on Jones.
Residents and businesses located within the closed section of Leslie Street please continue to put out garbage as regularly scheduled.
*Timelines are subject to change pending weather and unforeseen events.
February 7, 2014 - Construction Update
Current construction work includes:
Underground utility and storm sewer upgrades in the closed area of Leslie Street from Lake Shore Blvd to the Plaza entrance (Scheduled completion: end of February)
Bell Chamber replacement on Leslie Street at Queen (Scheduled completion: early March)
Toronto Hydro ductbank work on Leslie Street south of Queen (Scheduled completion: late March)
New sanitary sewer construction at Mosley and Leslie including future new watermain connections (scheduled completion: April, 2014)
January 20, 2014 - Construction Update
Utility Chamber Work
Duration: Beginning as early as January 20th for approximately 8 weeks
Traffic and Parking Details:
During construction, Leslie north of Queen will be restricted to 1-way northbound only.
North of Queen Street, southbound movements on Leslie Street will not be permitted. Anyone wishing to travel south from Avondale or Gio Rana’s will need to head north and use an alternative route to continue southbound.
Access to the Avondale underground parking structure and the laneway behind Gio Rana’s from Queen Street will be maintained.
For safety, the westbound curb lane on Queen will be restricted for approximately 20 meters west and 10 meters east of Leslie only.
No street parking is planned to be impacted during this work.
Streetcar service will not be impacted by this work.
Local businesses remain open and accessible.
A flagperson will be present to assist/guide traffic as required.
Pedestrian and Cyclist Access: The pedestrian crossing on the north side of the Leslie and Queen intersection will be re-routed during this work. The south crossing will remain as is, for east – west movement.
Concrete Pole Installation
Duration: Beginning as early as January 20th for approximately 2 days
Traffic and Parking Details:
Construction crews will be working at the major intersections of Queen / Leslie, Eastern / Leslie, Carlaw / Lake Shore and Leslie / Unwin.
The installations will be carried out one intersection at a time.
While crews are working in an area, there will be temporary lane disruptions.
The Queen and Leslie intersection will require a 2 – 4 hour closure of Leslie Street between Queen Street and the laneway to the north scheduled for Tuesday January 21, 2014. Paid Duty Officers will be on site to help direct traffic.
On Saturday January 18th, there will be sheet piling activity in the work zone on the south side of the Leslie and Lake Shore intersection. Work will also continue on the sanitary sewer connection located on the east side of Leslie adjacent to Loblaws. Work hours will be between 9am – 5pm.
January 6, 2014 - Construction Update
Starting as early as January 6, 2014, underground infrastructure upgrades will re-commence on Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and the plaza entrances to the north. Please see the map below for details.
During this work, access to the plazas will be maintained through multiple entrances:
Temporary accesses from Lake Shore Boulevard westbound (right-in, right-out)
From Leslie Street north of plaza intersection
From Mosley Street
From Eastern Avenue
The Canadian Tire plaza remains accessible from both Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street south of Lake Shore. The west sidewalk on Leslie Street, the Martin Goodman Trail and northside bike and pedestrian trail across Lake Shore Boulevard remain accessible.
Watermain Work – Leslie Street from Mosley Street to Queen Street
As early as January 6th, watermain upgrades will take place on the east side of Leslie Street between Mosley Street and Queen Street resulting in intermittent lane reductions. One lane of traffic in each direction will remain open during this work.
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