The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) have coordinated a number of infrastructure upgrades on Queen Street West, which include:

  • replacement of streetcar track from Bay Street to Fennings Street
  • replacement of streetcar track at the intersection of Queen Street West and Shaw Street
  • replacement of watermain and City-owned portion of substandard water services from Bay Street to University Avenue
  • improvements to the streetscape along Queen Street West, in partnership with the Queen Street West Business Improvement Area (BIA)

In an effort to minimize the impact of construction on local businesses and residents, construction work will be sequenced and will take place in smaller work zones of about 300 metres. Work will start at Bay Street and move west towards Spadina Avenue (planned for June to August), and then from Fennings Street east towards Spadina Avenue (planned for August to December). Vehicles will not be allowed in the work zones for up to four weeks to allow the work to be completed faster.

Additional information can be found on the City's project webpage. This webpage will be updated frequently.

Phases 1 to 8

 

Phase 1 – West of Bay Street to York Street

  • Starts: Week of July 22, 2021 to week of August 23, 2021
  • Duration: Approximately 4 weeks

Work crews will:

  • Replace top layer of TTC track, 100 + year old watermain and substandard water service connections (The track at the Queen and York intersection will not be replaced).

Phase 2 – York Street to Queen Street West and University Avenue intersection

  • Starts: Week of August 16, 2021 to week of September 20, 2021
  • Duration: Approximately 4 weeks

Work crews will:

  • Replace the top layer TTC track, the 100+ year old watermain and substandard water service connections (There is a short section just east University Avenue where full depth track excavation is required).

Phase 2A – West of University Avenue to Simcoe Street

  • Starts: Week of August 30, 2021 to week of September 20, 2021
  • Duration: Approximately 4 weeks

Work crews will:

  • Replace top layer of TTC track and several overhead poles along south sidewalk.
  • Crews will also replace the 100 + year old watermain and substandard water service connections.

Phase 3 – East of Simcoe Street to Duncan Street

  • Starts: Week of September 7, 2021 to week of October 4, 2021
  • Duration: Approximately 4 weeks

Works crews will:

  • Replace top layer of TTC track and some overhead poles along south sidewalk.

Phase 4 – West of McCaul Street to Spadina Avenue

  • Starts: Week of October 4, 2021 to week of November 1, 2021
  • Duration: Approximately 4 weeks

Work crews will:

  • Replace top layer of TTC track and some overhead poles along south sidewalk (The track at the Queen and McCaul and Queen/Spadina intersections will not be replaced). Crews will also undertake Queen Street West BIA streetscape improvement work.

Phase 5 – East of Fennings Street to Shaw Street

  • Starts: October 2021
  • Duration: Approximately 4 weeks

Work crews will:

  • Replace top layer of TTC track.

Phase 5A* – Queen Street West and Shaw Street intersection

  • Starts: Mid-October 2021 to Mid-November 2021
  • Duration: Approximately 4 weeks

Work crews will:

  • Replace the full depth of TTC track at intersection.

Phase 6 – East of Shaw Street to Niagara Street

  • Start: November 2021
  • Duration: Approximately 4 weeks

Work crews will:

  • Replace top layer of TTC track.

Phase 7 – Niagara Street to Bathurst Street

  • Start: Mid-November 2021 to Early December 2021
  • Duration: Approximately 4 weeks

Works crews will:

  • Will replace top layer of TTC track. The track at the Queen and Bathurst intersection will not be replaced).

Phase 8 – Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue

  • Start: December 2021
  • Duration: Approximately 4 weeks

Work crews will:

  • Replace top layer of TTC track at intersection. Crews will also undertake Queen Street West BIA streetscape improvement work.

TTC rail and overhead work

Advance TTC work

TTC crews have welded new rail together and stored the rail strings at two locations on Queen Street West: 

  1. West of Bay Street in the north lay-by lane.
  2. In front of Trinity Bellwoods Park in the north curb lane. 

This advance work allows for faster track installation, thereby reducing the construction disruption to local communities.

Overnight work

During the project, the new rail strings will be moved/pulled from the welding area to the storage area and then to the point of installation when required. This activity will occur overnight for safety reasons as the long strings are very heavy and can be aggressive in nature should a loss of control occur during lifting or moving. Some noise can be expected during this night activity, including beeping from vehicles when operating in reverse.

Overhead work

TTC is in the process of upgrading its overhead wire system along the Queen streetcar route which will continue over the course 2021. This overhead work also includes replacement of some poles between University Avenue and Spadina Avenue.


General work hours for the track project

Work on this project will take place 24 hours 7 days a week. Excavation activities and heavy breaking will be carried out at various times throughout the day. All concrete breaking activities will occur between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Concrete breaking work is the most disruptive and will typically last the first 2-3 days for each phase of the construction. There will be periods of 24 hour operations (overnight activities) by TTC crews throughout the project during new rail installation. Around-the-clock work during rail installation is required to preserve the integrity and quality of new rail, concrete and to support the progress of the daytime activity. Overnight rail work by TTC may consist of moving new rail into position, rail installation and rail welding/grinding.

TTC service

For further information:

TTC Community Liaison, Paul Tran, 647-461-5133, paul.tran@ttc.ca

City of Toronto Public Consultation Unit, Michael Vieira, 416-392-3074, queenwestconstruction@toronto.ca