Wellington Street construction starts April 10;
may affect TTC services until September



Update — Monday, June 5, 10:57 a.m.: The City is closing the intersection of Wellington Street West with York Street from 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8 until 5 a.m. Thursday, June 15, as part of the project. North- and southbound traffic on York Street can’t operate through the intersection. One lane is available for westbound traffic on Wellington West, but motorists cannot turn from Wellington onto Yonge, Bay or York.


Update — Wednesday, May 31, 8:33 a.m.: The City is closing the intersection of Wellington Street West with Bay Street from 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1 until 5 a.m. Monday, June 5, as part of the project. The TTC is detouring buses operating along the 6 Bay and 72B Pape via Commissioners and Queens Quay routes.


Update — Wednesday, May 3, 7:34 a.m.: The TTC resumes streetcar service along the 503 Kingston Rd route. It’s detouring the cars along King Street West to Spadina Avenue, instead of operating them along Wellington East and West.


Starting Monday, April 10, the City of Toronto is reducing traffic lanes on:

  • Wellington Street East between Church and Yonge Streets; and
  • Wellington Street West between York and Yonge Street

as contractors:

  • rebuild the water-mains;
  • rebuild the TTC streetcar tracks; and
  • resurface the roadway.

Construction on Wellington Streets East and West affects service along the TTC’s 121 Fort York - Esplanade route. Expect delays as construction proceeds.

(Updated — Wednesday, May 3, 7:34 a.m.) It also will affect service along the 503 Kingston Rd route. The TTC is currently operating buses, instead of streetcars, along the route, but starting Monday, May 8, the TTC again operates cars along the route. It is detouring the cars off Wellington to accommodate this project.

The City plans to completely close two intersections for shorter periods while contractors rebuild the streetcar tracks:

  • Wellington Street West at Bay Street; and
  • Wellington Street West at York Street.

However, the City hasn’t yet determined exactly when it will close the intersections.

(Updated — Wednesday, May 31, 8:33 a.m.) The City is closing the intersection with Bay Street from 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1 until 5 a.m. Monday, June 5.

(Updated — Monday, *June 5, 10:57 a.m.*) The City is closing the intersection of Wellington Street West with York Street from 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8 until 5 a.m. Thursday, June 15.

According to a City news release, it’s starting this project “to improve water distribution, reduce the risk of water-main breaks and improve the quality of streetcar tracks in the area.”

The City says it’s “taking steps to minimize disruption to the public during the closure by extending work hours with some overnight and weekend work, as necessary, to reduce the duration of the project.”

It’s also adjusting the timing of signals on parallel routes to help manage traffic, while the street is closed.

Construction on Wellington continues until September 30.


6 Bay

(Updated — Wednesday, May 31, 8:33 a.m.) From 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1 until 5 a.m. Monday, June 5, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Bay Street and Adelaide Street West, then detour:

eastward along Adelaide West;
southward along Yonge Street; and then
westward along Front Street West to Bay,
resuming their regular route southward along Bay.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street at Adelaide and King Streets West.

Instead, southbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Yonge Street at King, Wellington and Front Streets West.

Northbound buses operate along their regular route to Bay Street and Front Street West, then detour:

westward along Front West;
northward along University Avenue; and then
eastward along Adelaide Street West to Bay,
resuming their regular route northward along Bay.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Bay Street at Front, Wellington and King Streets West.

Instead, northbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at a temporary stop

  • on Adelaide Street West east of University Avenue.

(Buses may also serve temporary stops on Front Street West and University Avenue.)

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503 Kingston Rd

From Monday, April 10 until Friday, May 5**, buses operate along the route. Expect delays during construction on Wellington Streets East and West.

(Updated — Wednesday, May 3, 7:34 a.m.) Starting Monday, May 8, the TTC resumes streetcar service, but detours the cars off Wellington.

Mondays to Fridays during rush hours, eastbound cars start their trips in Charlotte Loop — on Charlotte Street at Oxley Street — then proceed:

southward along Charlotte; and then
eastward along King Street West to York Street,
resuming their regular route eastward along King West.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Wellington Street West at York Street and
  • on York Street at King Street East.

Instead, eastbound cars drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Charlotte Street at Oxley Street and King Street West and
  • on King Street West at Blue Jays Way, John Street and University Avenue.

Westbound cars operate along their regular route to King Street East and Church Street, then detour:

westward along King Streets East and West;
northward along Spadina Avenue;
eastward along Adelaide Street West; and then
southward along Charlotte Street to Oxley Street,
ending their trips.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Church Street at Wellington Street East,
  • on Wellington Street East at Yonge Street and
  • on Wellington Street West at Bay and York Streets.

Instead, westbound cars drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on King Street East at Yonge Street,
  • on King Street West at Bay Street, University Avenue, John and Peter Streets and Spadina Avenue,
  • on Spadina Avenue north of King Street West and
  • on Charlotte Street at Oxley Street.

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72B Pape via Commissioners and Queens Quay

(Updated — Wednesday, May 31, 8:33 a.m.) Eastbound buses operate along their regular route.

From 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1 until 5 a.m. Monday, June 5, westbound buses operate along their regular route to Yonge and Front Streets, then detour:

westward along Front Street West to Bay,
resuming their regular route southward along Bay.

Westbound buses skip their regular stop

  • on Yonge Street north of Front Street East.

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