What we are doing and why

Preliminary rail welding work will be conducted in advance of two streetcar track renewal projects on Bathurst Street later this year by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and City of Toronto. The work includes the rehabilitation of the City Bridge south of Front Street and the track section between Dundas Street and Wolseley Street. *Construction details/dates will be provided in future notices prior to the start of each project.

In addition to the above, the TTC will undertake streetcar track renewal work at the Bathurst Station streetcar loop. The City will also be carrying out watermain work between Front Street and Queen Street.

Preliminary work - Rail welding/storage location

The preliminary rail-welding work in advance of the track projects, is required by the TTC.

When this work takes place, a rail welding crew will occupy the track area on Bathurst Street from south of the pedestrian cross-over (south of Dundas Street) to just north of Carr Street. This work involves welding standard lengths of rail into longer strings in advance of track reconstruction, which will allow for faster track installation, thereby reducing the construction disruption to local communities. The long strings of rail will be moved to the northbound curb lane along this same section where they will remain stored. The rail pile will be depleted as the track work and new rail installation progresses over the course of the projects.

Work hours - some night activity

The preliminary rail welding operations will be conducted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Some after hours and night deliveries of rail may be required to support the daytime welding operation. The set-up for the welding work zone on the first day, will begin at approximately 7:30 a.m.

Near the end of the welding activity, the long strings of rail will be moved to the northbound curb lane for storage. In order to move the rails safely and efficiently, a night crew will pull the rails overnight with a Toronto police escort. Some noise can be expected during this activity.

Parking and traffic restrictions

  • On-street parking will be restricted along this section of Bathurst Street in order to create a safe work zone and to maintain traffic in both directions. Parking will also be restricted in the northbound curb lane where the rails will eventually be stored.
  • Left turns will be prohibited within the work zone. Traffic may need to approach from the opposite direction in order to make a right turn into driveways.

TTC service – 511 Bathurst route

  • Buses will operate on this route during the preliminary work.
  • During the City Bridge work and the track renewal project at Bathurst Station later this year, bus diversions will be required. Diversion details will be provided as the projects near.

Thank you for your patience as the TTC undertakes this preliminary rail welding work.

For further information

Diego Sinagoga, Senior Community Liaison Officer, 647-468-4183, diego.sinagoga@ttc.ca