Read the daily “on schedule” posts to find news and other information that affects your daily commute. You’ll learn about public meetings, special events and construction projects that affect transit services today.
TTC crews are upgrading the overhead wiring that supplies power to streetcars at the intersection of Coxwell Avenue with (upper) Gerrard Street East / Fairford Avenue early tomorrow, Thursday, April 24 and Friday April 25.
From 12:01 until 5 a.m. both days, the TTC is detouring streetcars operating along the 306 Carlton overnight and 506 Carlton routes while the crews are working on the overhead. Shuttle buses replace the cars east of Coxwell.
TTC crews are upgrading an essential part of streetcar infrastructure — the overhead wiring that supplies power to the cars — in Dundas West Station terminal this weekend.
From 5:20 a.m. Saturday, April 26 until 4:30 a.m. Monday, April 28, the TTC will short-turn streetcars operating along the 504 King route in Roncesvalles Carhouse. Shuttle buses replace the cars between Dundas West Station and The Queensway / Queen Street West.
In addition to work that Metrolinx and the Region have already announced for this week, later tomorrow, Thursday, April 24 and early Friday, April 25, crews will also:
- reconfigure the intersection of Highway 7 with Cochrane Drive / Frontenac Drive from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., closing alternate lanes in all directions, one lane at a time; and
- realign lanes at the intersection of Highway 7 with Lunar Crescent from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., closing east- and westbound lanes through the night.
Expect noise from this work.
York Region Transit passengers riding Viva express buses operating along the Viva purple route and YRT local buses operating along the 1 Highway 7 local route should expect delays after 8 p.m. Thursday.
The City of Toronto is closing
- the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway in both directions between Highway 427 and Carlaw Avenue
from 10 p.m. Friday, April 25 until noon Sunday, April 27 for the City’s annual spring maintenance program.
Also, starting Monday, April 28, the City will close the eastbound lanes of the expressway between the Humber River and Carlaw Avenue overnight. During these closures, City workers will set up barriers for three major construction projects, all part of the City’s Gardiner Expressway strategic rehabilitation project.
While the Gardiner is closed, City workers will:
- clean 1,000 catchbasins to make sure they drain properly;
- install pavement markings on about 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) of highway;
- repair potholes;
- inspect bridges;
- maintain many of the static signs;
- maintain the closed-circuit television system, including six traffic cameras;
- inspect 200 overhead signs;
- repair about 300 metres (984 feet) of guard rails; and
- sweep and remove litter.
Closing the Gardiner affects buses operating along these GO Transit routes to and from the Union Station GO Bus Terminal: 16 Hamilton / Toronto express, 18 Lakeshore West early-morning / late-night, 21 Milton / Toronto, 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto, 65 Newmarket / Toronto, 71 Stouffville / Toronto and 90 Lakeshore East early-morning / late-night.
GO is likely detouring the buses along Lake Shore Boulevard, instead of the Gardiner but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.
Motorists that would usually drive along the Gardiner will seek alternate routes on nearby parallel streets, increasing traffic volumes along Lake Shore Boulevard, The Queensway, King and Queen Streets, among others.
The extra traffic may delay TTC service along these routes: 6 Bay, 15 Evans, 29 Dufferin, 47 Lansdowne, 63 Ossington, 65 Parliament, 66 Prince Edward, 75 Sherbourne, 76 Royal York South, 80 Queensway, 110 Islington South, 123 Shorncliffe, 172 Cherry St, 501 Queen, 504 King, 505 Dundas, 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina and 511 Bathurst.
Also, work on the project continues to block access to Humber Loop from Lake Shore Boulevard West for TTC streetcars operating along the the 301Queen overnight, 501 Queen and 508 Lake Shore routes. Shuttle buses replace the cars west of the Humber.
This weekend, starting 7 p.m. Friday, April 25 to the end of service Sunday, April 27 GO Transit is upgrading the train tracks at the South Blair Street crossing in Whitby to improve pedestrian and motorist safety in the area.
During the work, GO will only provide hourly service along the 09 Lakeshore East line between Oshawa and Whitby GO Stations. GO shuttle buses will operate between platform 5 at Oshawa GO Station and the bus loop on the north side of Whitby GO Station.
GO buses operating along the 90 Lakeshore East and 91 Newcastle / Oshawa express routes continue to operate to and from Oshawa GO Station, where passengers can connect with the shuttle buses. Regular 30-minute train service will continue west of Whitby.
GO is encouraging passengers who normally drive to and park at Oshawa GO, to consider driving to Whitby GO instead this weekend.
During this period of less frequent service, GO will build temporary tracks to allow trains to pass through the area as it builds a new underpass to replace the the street-level crossing.
The underpass will eliminate the need for trains to sound their whistles, improve pedestrian and motorist safety and traffic flow in the area and allow trains to move more efficiently, once the East Rail Maintenance Facility is operating.
GO previously reduced train service from 7 p.m. Friday, April 11 until the end of service Sunday, April 13 also to work on the South Blair Street crossing.
Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 23, crews start work on three more parts of the project.
The week of Tuesday, April 22, crews start building several retaining walls along Highway 7 West. They’re building the walls to provide stability between two areas of land that sit at different heights. The retaining walls hold the slope in place and support the higher ground level. Crews will be building the wall on the north side of Highway 7, east of Creditstone Road and accessing the work area along McCleary Court.
They’ll work every day from about 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Work continues for about six weeks, or until about Friday, May 30. (They may also work some weekends.)
During the retaining wall work, crews will:
- install fence and traffic control barriers around work zone;
- dig out the work area;
- build the retaining wall; then
- backfill and restore the area.
The work will reduce traffic lanes in the McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre’s waste drop-off area, but crews will maintain access to the community environmental centre during its regular seasonal hours of operation.
At times, the work will temporarily block westbound curb lanes along Highway 7, just west of the bridge carrying Highway 7 traffic over the Canadian National Railway tracks into the MacMillan Yards.
Wherever possible, crews will keep sidewalks open. If they must block a sidewalk, directional signs will guide pedestrians around the construction zone. If the work affects bus stops, signs will direct passengers to the nearest available stop.
Due to the nature of this work, expect noise and vibration around the work area at times. The contractors will monitor noise and vibration levels to make sure they are keeping all levels within industry standards.
Traffic control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site when necessary.
Crews will also be reducing lanes at the intersection of Highway 7 and Creditstone Road from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day, while they install temporary light standards at the intersection.
During this work, they’ll temporarily close alternating traffic lanes will be temporarily closed in all directions at the intersection. The work may also intermittently affect traffic signals.
Traffic-control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site during the work. Wherever possible, crews will keep sidewalks open. If they close a sidewalk, directional signs will be onsite to guide pedestrians around the construction zone. They’ll also maintain access to driveways in work areas.
Work continues until April 30.
Starting Thursday, April 24 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, crews are installing underground storm sewer pipes and drains across Maplecrete Road.
The work will temporarily restrict alternating north- and southbound traffic lanes on Maplecrete at Highway 7. They’ll maintain two-way traffic at all times; however the work may also reduce right-turn lanes.
Wherever possible, crews will keep sidewalks open. If they close a sidewalk, directional signs will be onsite to guide pedestrians around the construction zone.
They’ll maintain access to driveways in work areas at all times.
Lane reductions remain in place over the weekends.
Construction continues until April 30.
During Highway 7 West rapidway construction, Brampton Transit passengers riding Züm express buses operating along the 501 Züm Queen route, TTC passengers riding buses operating along the 35D Jane and 107 Keele North routes and York Region Transit passengers riding Viva express buses operating along the Viva orange route and YRT local buses operating alnog the 20 Jane and 77 Highway 7 routes should expect delays.
This spring, the TTC is replacing its tracks on a cross-over section of the 2 Bloor - Danforth subway line immediately east of Victoria Park Station. The work will use newer technology and design of rail components for new track at cross-overs to provide a smoother ride of passengers through this section.
Starting the week of Monday, March 31and continuing for about six weeks, weather permitting, the crews will prepare to replace the tracks in this open-cut section of the subway by removing the “ballast” — crushed stones supporting the tracks and ties. This work can only take place overnight when subway trains aren’t operating — from about 2 until 5:30 a.m. 5:30 a.m.
They’ll use one to two subway work-cars with a vacuum-like unit to remove the ballast, instead of requiring crews to shovel the ballast from the track area. This less time-consuming method is also less likely to damage underground cabling and possibly disrupt subway service. While the vacuum unit includes a noise suppressor, you should also expect some noise from the equipment when it is fully operating.
The also TTC plans to close the subway over three weekends in May and June in the east end of the line to finish replacing the track at the cross-over. This work will occur around-the-clock those weekends. The TTC will provide service details at a later date.
More overnight work will take place in the area after the three weekend closures.
Track ballast bears the load from the railroad ties, helps water to drain from the tracks and also reduces vegetation that might interfere with the track structure. It also holds the tracks in place as the trains roll by.
Last week, crews finished the second section of track west of Lower Simcoe Street by pouring the concrete base between Ann Tindal Park and the east leg of Robertson Crescent. The crews delivered the rails overnight, and this week will continue installing the rails for this section. (Since rails extend from about 60 metres (200 feet) to 100 metres (330 feet), the crews usually move the rails overnight to protect public safety and reduce disrupting traffic. “Paid-duty” Toronto Police Service officers help guide the crews though intersections and protect the public.)
Crews also got ready for rebuilding the next stretch of track just west of York Street by saw-cutting the roadway, removing asphalt and preparing the track bed. Work continues this week.
The work will block the east leg of Robertson Crescent overnight from 5 p.m. Monday, April 21 and until 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 22 and from 5 p.m. Tuesday April 22 and until 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 23 to complete utilty access portals (“manholes”) and catch basins in the roadway. The west leg of Robertson Crescent / Rees Street will remain open for vehicles entering and exiting the area. At the end of each shift, crews will plate the work area to allow traffic to move safely along the east leg of Robertson.
Crews reopened Lower Simcoe Street to northbound traffic last week after installing a new utility access portal in the intersection.
This week, contractors will change the temporary traffic lanes on Queens Quay to accommodate upcoming work to rebuild the track bed near Spadina / Queens Quay Loop. They expect to start digging out the intersection of Lower Spadina Avenue and Queens Quay West this Friday, April 25.
They’ll gradually shift the westbound traffic lanes to the south-side curb lane between Peter Slip Bridge and Yo Yo Ma Lane by the end of the week.
Crews continue installing the foundations for poles to support the TTC’s overhead wires, street lights and signals:
- Crossing intersections with Queens Quay West at Bay / Lower Simcoe / Rees / Spadina: This week, crews continue with exploratory test pits, using hydro-vac trucks. This work will expose, locate, and identify sub-surface conflicts and obstructions in advance of installing the street light pole foundations.
- Between Bay and Rees Streets: This week, crews work on pole foundations near 10 / 20 Bay and the remaining pole foundation at the north-west corner of York Street.
- Between 401 Queens Quay West and Yo Yo Ma Lane: Crews continue excavating foundations and the beams for pole cantilevers in this area. They’ll also continue hydro-vac operations for pole foundations due to new obstructions.
The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina routes with buses during this project.
The City of Toronto has now reopened Lower Spadina Avenue to northbound traffic between Queens Quay West and Lake Shore Boulevard West last week. It will remain open until April 25, when TTC crews start installing rails in the intersection of Lower Spadina and Queens Quay West. The TTC will maintain the current detour routing for buses operating along the 510 Spadina route along Dan Leckie Way during this brief period.
In sections A and B, the inner loop area, crews are installing overhead cabling.
Last week, crews completed the “rebar” (metal reinforcement bar) floor structure for the splicing chamber and pouring the concrete walls in section C near Queens Quay West. (The splicing chamber is an underground vault for connecting cables.) This week, they’ll strip the forms and backfill the area before starting work to tie in conduits to the new chamber. Contractors expect to finish the chamber in the next two weeks.
Crews are also getting ready to rebuild section D, the intersection of Lower Spadina Avenue with Queens Quay West, by delivering rail to the site, starting Friday, April 25. They expect to start installing the rail the week of May 5.
Outside of the Spadina Loop area, they’ll start building the last splicing chamber, just east of the intersection of Queens Quay West with Rees Street and Robertson Crescent after they install of a utility access portal (a “manhole”) and catch basins and tie into a new storm line in the east leg of the Robertson Crescent laneway.
Crews are also revising the traffic management plan to prepare for the work on the Queens Quay West / Lower Spadina Avenue intersection:
- Maple Leaf Quay west laneway: Crews will close the laneway access at Shoppers Drug Mart, but vehicles can still exit Maple Leaf Quay from the west side of the building. Eastern Construction will extend the Maple Leaf Quay laneway west behind 410 Queens Quay West, allowing vehicles to exit onto Lower Spadina Avenue. This lane will be only available for traffic exiting the site — and it will only be available during this phase of construction. The work will not impact the east driveway entrance and exit to Maple Leaf Quay.
- Lower Spadina Avenue: The northbound lanes of Lower Spadina will close at end of this week. TTC buses operating along the 510 Spadina route will to detour to Dan Leckie Way. The work will not impace southbound traffic on Lower Spadina.
The TTC continues to replace streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route with buses south of King Street West. It’s also operating buses, instead of streetcars, along the 509 Harbourfront route.
Update — Tuesday, April 22, 7:58 p.m.: Contractors will work on two more parts of the project overnight from 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24 until 6 a.m. Friday, April 25.
Here’s what’s going on this week: