Construction Update - February 27, 2015
Lake Shore Boulevard Traffic Shift
Beginning in the evening of Tuesday, March 3 (pending weather), crews will be working in the Lake Shore Boulevard and Leslie Street intersection to shift traffic lanes. This traffic shift has been scheduled outside of rush hours and will take place between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
All traffic lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard will be shifted from the south side to the north side.
Once this traffic shift is in place, there will be two through lanes plus a turning lane available in both direction.
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 will be closed.
The east-west crossing on the north side of the intersection will remain available.
The north-south crosswalks located on the east and west side of the intersection will remain available.
Pending weather, work will take place on Saturday, February 28 between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Scheduled activities include work to relocate a utility line between Eastern Avenue and Queen Street, and preparatory foundation work for upgraded poles at the northwest corner of the plaza intersection on Leslie Street. Street and snow clearing will be done as required.
The TTC Inspector on duty this weekend is Murtadha Hamid (9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) - 416-676-4546
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.
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 )
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
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.
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 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.
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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 : and their twitter account: @WanderlustGnome .
November 6, 2013 - Construction Update
Streetscaping at Curzon - Leslie Street Connection Track
Start Date: As early as November 4, 2013
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
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.
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.
September 13, 2013 - Construction Update
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.
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.
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!
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.
Aug 6, 2013
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.
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.
And, there is a Chinese language version of the newsletter, now available for download.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on twitter @TTClesliebarns. Thank you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 13, 2013 - Leslie Street Connection Track - Underground Municipal Infrastructure
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 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
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.
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.
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 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 )
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 )
Appendix A - Notifications (PDF )
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:
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 email@example.com.
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