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

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.

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 in May, 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.

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.