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Dundas East water-main, track construction:
TTC detours start April 23



Update — Friday, August 18, 10:47 a.m.: Construction has ended and TTC streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route have resumed regular service between Bay and Church Streets.


*Update — Thursday, August 10, 12:04 p.m.: The City announced today that construction is ending Saturday, August 19 — 10 weeks earlier than schedule, subject to ongoing water-main-related testing. The contractor added two more crews, allowing the TTC to complete track work with one extra crew, also at an faster pace than usually.

The City and TTC worked with the contractors to add more crews without adding more costs to the original price of the contract. Crews also worked longer hours — from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays on Dundas Street (6 a.m. until 2 a.m. during track work, to provide mre work areas for TTC crews) — and weekends and overnight hours by the underground contractor during the watermain work.


Update — Saturday, July 21, 10:47 p.m.: The City has now closed Dundas East to all traffic between Church and Victoria Streets so that crews can work longer hours complete the project more quickly.


Update — Saturday, July 15, 7:18 p.m.: TTC crews start replacing the tracks on Victoria Street Monday July 17, on the schedule that the City and TTC originally announced for the project. However, the City has also announced that all work on the project ends earlier than it originally expected — Saturday, September 30, instead of Tuesday, October 31.


Update — Saturday, June 3, 3:06 p.m.: Streetcars resume their regular route through Parliament Street tomorrow, Sunday, June 4 at 5 a.m. The cars also resume their previous detour around the construction between Church and Yonge Streets.


Update — Saturday, May 13, 4:50 p.m.: Streetcars operate along a longer detour routing around construction at Dundas Street East and Parliament Streets, starting Monday, May 15. Shuttle buses replace the cars along part of the regular route.


Starting Monday, April 24, the City of Toronto is closing traffic lanes on

  • Dundas Street East between Church and Yonge Streets,

as contractors replace the 100-year-old water-main and City-owned substandard water service.

After City contractors have finished replacing the water services, TTC crews start replacing the streetcar tracks

  • at the intersection of Dundas Street East with Victoria Street and Dundas Square.

To accommodate replacing the streetcar tracks, the City will completely close to traffic three three lanes of Dundas East at the intersection for five weeks between July and September.

Starting tomorrow, Sunday, April 23, the TTC is detouring streetcars operating along this route, while the street is closed:

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The TTC continues to detour the cars along this routing until May 15. That day, the TTC likely expands the detour, as its crews start replacing the tracks at Dundas Street East and Parliament Street.


For this project, crews are:

  • replacing the old water-main and water-service connections
  • removing old concrete and the old streetcar tracks;
  • placing new concrete and installing new track;
  • repairing the sidewalks to improve accessibility; and
  • repaving and restoring the road and sidewalks where necessary.

To accommodate the various phases of the this project, the City will also close traffic lanes on Dundas Street East in phases:

  • From Monday, April 24 until Sunday, July 16, the City reduces Dundas East to just one lane in each direction during water-main construction.
  • From Monday, July 17 until Saturday, September 16, the City reduces the street to just one westbound traffic lane during streetcar track work and part of the road reconstruction.
  • (Updated — Saturday, July 21, 10:47 p.m.) The City has now closed Dundas East to all traffic between Church and Victoria Streets so that crews can work longer hours complete the project more quickly.
  • (Updated — Saturday, July 15, 7:18 p.m. and Thursday, August 10, 12:04 p.m.) From Sunday, September 17 until Tuesday, October 31 Saturday, September 30, the City reduces the street to just one traffic lane in each direction during during the remaining road resurfacing and sidewalk reconstruction..
  • (Updated — Thursday, August 10, 12:04 p.m.) The City announced today that construction is ending Saturday, August 19 — 10 weeks earlier than schedule.

According to a City news release, “This work is being done primarily to reduce the risk of future water-main breaks and to improve the quality of the streetcar tracks.”

For this project, crews generally work longer-than-usual hours, from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. each day. Occasionally, they’ll also work “around the clock” — 24 hours a day, seven days a week — reduce disrupting motorists, transit passengers and neighbouring residents and businesses.

When the TTC starts replacing the tracks, its crews will definitely work overnight. Their overnight rail work includes:

  • removing the concrete and old streetcar track;
  • replacing the concrete;
  • moving new rail into position;
  • installing the new rail; and
  • welding and grinding the new rail.

The TTC may also upgrade the overhead streetcar wiring overnight, as necessary. The TTC explains that, “After-hours work… is required to support the daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible.”

The TTC is replacing the tracks:

  • From Monday, July 17 until Monday, August 7 — on Victoria Street at Dundas Square and south of Dundas Square.
  • (Updated — Thursday, August 10, 12:04 p.m.) From Tuesday, August 8 until Monday, August 21Friday, August 19 — on Victoria Street between Dundas Street East and Dundas Square and on Dundas Square between Victoria Street and Victoria Street Lane.
  • (Updated — Thursday, August 10, 12:04 p.m.)From Tuesday, August 22 until Saturday, September 16 — on Dundas Square between Victoria Street and Victoria Street Lane.

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(Updated — Thursday, August 10, 12:04 p.m.) Note that the new end-of-construction date is now September 30 August 19, instead of October 31, as these graphics indicate.


505 Dundas

(Updated — Saturday, June 3, 3:06 p.m.) (Updated — Saturday, July 15, 7:18 p.m.) From Sunday, April 23 until Monday, May 15 and from Sunday, June 4 until Tuesday, October 31, westbound cars operate along their regular route to Dundas Street East and Church Street, then detour:

northward along Church;
westward along Carlton and College Streets; and then
southward along Bay Street to Dundas West,
resuming their regular route westward along Dundas.

Westbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Dundas Street East at Yonge Street and
  • on Dundas Street West at Bay Street.

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

  • on Church Street at Gerrard Street East and Carlton Street,
  • on Carlton Street at Yonge Street,
  • on College Street at Bay Street,
  • on Bay Street at Gerrard Street West, Elm Street and Dundas Street West.

Westbound streetcar passengers hoping to connect with the Line 1 Yonge - University subway line at Dundas Station should exit the car at Dundas Street East and Church Street and walk three blocks westward to Yonge Street. Or, ride the cars to connect with the subway at College Station, at the intersection of Yonge Street with Carlton and College Streets.

Line 1 subway passengers hoping to connect with westbound cars should exit at Dundas Station and walk one block westward to Bay Street. Or, exit the subway at College Station to transfer to the cars.

Eastbound cars reverse the westbound detour routing.

Eastbound cars skip their regular stops

  • on Dundas Street West at Yonge Street and
  • on Dundas Street East at Church Street.

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

  • on Bay Street at Elm Street, Gerrard Street West and College Street,
  • on College Street at Yonge Street,
  • on Carlton Street at Church Street,
  • on Church Street at Gerrard and Dundas Streets East.

Eastbound streetcar passengers hoping to connect with the Line 1 Yonge - University subway line at Dundas Station should exit the car at Dundas Street West and Bay Street and walk one block eastward to Yonge Street. Or, ride the cars to connect with the subway at College Station, at the intersection of Yonge Street with Carlton and College Streets.

Line 1 subway passengers hoping to connect with eastbound cars should exit at Dundas Station and walk three blocks eastward to Church Street. Or, exit the subway at College Station to transfer to the cars.