What we are doing and why

Preliminary rail welding work will be conducted in advance of two streetcar track renewal projects on Bathurst Street by the TTC and City of Toronto. The work includes rehabilitation of the track section between Dundas Street and Wolseley Street and on the City Bridge south of Front Street.

The TTC will also undertake streetcar track renewal work at the Bathurst Station streetcar loop starting June 21. The City will also be carrying out watermain work between Front Street and Queen Street.

Preliminary work - Rail welding/storage location

The preliminary rail-welding work is required by the TTC.

Starting on Monday, June 8 through to Saturday, June 13 a rail welding crew will occupy the track area on Bathurst Street from south of the pedestrian cross-over (south of Dundas Street) to just north of Carr Street. This work involves welding standard lengths of rail into longer strings in advance of track reconstruction, which will allow for faster track installation, thereby reducing the construction disruption to local communities. The long strings of rail will be moved to the northbound curb lane along this same section where they will remain stored. The rail pile will be depleted as the track work and new rail installation progresses over the course of the projects.

Work hours - some night activity

The preliminary rail welding operations will be conducted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Some after hours and night deliveries of rail may be required to support the daytime welding operation. The set-up for the welding work zone on the first day (June 8), will begin at approximately 7:30 a.m.

Near the end of the welding activity, the long strings of rail will be moved to the northbound curb lane for storage. In order to move the rails safely and efficiently, a night crew will be required to pull the rails overnight with Toronto Police to mange night traffic. Some noise can be expected during this activity.

Parking and traffic restrictions

  • On-street parking will be restricted along this section of Bathurst Street in order to create a safe work zone and to maintain traffic in both directions. Parking will also be restricted in the northbound curb where the rails will be stored until needed.
  • Left turns will be prohibited within the work zone.

TTC service – 511 Bathurst route

  • Buses are currently operating along the entire route, diverting around the bridge/road closure to the Exhibition Loop for the duration of the project.
  • Starting June 21, 511 Bathurst buses will divert via Bloor Street to Spadina Station to accommodate the streetcar track renewal project occurring at Bathurst Station.

Thank you for your patience as the TTC undertakes this preliminary rail welding work.

For further information:

Diego Sinagoga, Senior Community Liaison, 647-468-4183, diego.sinagoga@ttc.ca.