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Managing traffic during construction of Leslie Barns,
public meeting, March 27

This week, the TTC started testing the first of its new Flexity streetcars from Bombardier on the streets of Toronto.

With 204 of the new, longer streetcars on order, the TTC is already building the Leslie Barns, a new storage and maintenance facility for the new cars, on the southeast corner of Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East.

To accommodate the new home for the new cars, the City of Toronto and the TTC are gearing up to begin major construction on Leslie Street this year. Not only will they install new streetcar tracks on Leslie Street between Commissioners Street and Queen Street East, but, starting this Spring, they’ll also start upgrading the streetscaping, lighting, sewers, watermains and utilities.

They’re co-ordinating all of this work under one contract to reduce disruption, with the majority of work occurring well before the contractor start installing the new track.

The city is planning how to manage traffic as construction restricts access to Leslie Street. This includes strategies to prevent traffic from spreading onto residential streets and to keep traffic flowing on major roads. That’s why the city and TTC are hosting a public meeting to present their plans and to gather your ideas about the upcoming project. They’re seeking community input to develop a comprehensive plan that meets the needs of local residents, businesses and all pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists who live in, or travel through, the area.

The meeting takes place:

Tuesday, March 27
from 7 until 9 p.m.
S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre
56 Woodfield Road.

After staff have reviewed your input and, as a result, the contractor has improved the plans, they’ll plan a second meeting to present the final schedule, construction phasing and disruption management plan for the community.

Getting there by public transit

  • Westbound streetcars operating along the 501 Queen, 502 Downtowner or 503 Kingston Rd tripper routes to Queen Street East across from Connaught Avenue. Walk east one block to Woodfield Road, then half-block north.
  • Eastbound streetcars operating along the 501 Queen, 502 Downtowner or 503 Kingston Rd tripper routes to Queen Street East and Connaught Avenue. Cross to the north side of Queen East, then walk east one block to Woodfield Road and a half-block north.