They’ve been building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East — with some unexpected detours along the way to upgrade hundred-year-old water services that lay below Leslie Street.
Tomorrow, Saturday, August 8, the City and TTC will reopen Leslie Street between Queen Street East and Commissioners Street to all traffic.
Since September 2013, work to replace the water-mains and relocate other utilities has closed parts of Leslie Street to traffic. Since May 2014, the work has totally blocked Leslie between Queen East and Eastern Avenue. Although all of Leslie reopens to motorists, work on the project continues and restricts some traffic lanes. Contractors may block various lanes of traffic as they continue to finalize the road surface. The contractors will finish that work this fall. TTC crews may also block some lanes of traffic as they install overhead wiring to power streetcars.
Later this year, the TTC will open its state-of-the-art Leslie Barns on the southeast corner of Leslie and Lake Shore Boulevard East. The new facility will be home to the TTC’s new low-floor Bombardier Flexity streetcars.
Crews will finish all area landscaping finished next spring, including planting trees and shrubs. The contractors have already enhanced the area’s streetscape with special street lights and new sidewalks. They’re also installing new trees and other street decoration along Queen Street East at in Leslieville at the corners of Rushbrooke Avenue, Curzon, Leslie and Hastings Streets.
The TTC has not yet confirmed whether buses operating along the 31 Greenwood and 83 Jones routes resume regular service along Leslie tomorrow.