Work description and purpose

TTC track staff has completed a rail inspection of the new track on Lake Shore Blvd West and identified localized rail repairs at the following four locations:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard near Allen Avenue
  • Lake Shore Boulevard east of Dwight Avenue at Sand Beach Road
  • Lake Shore Boulevard east of Royal York Road near 2627 Lake Shore
  • Lake Shore Boulevard west of Lake Crescent near 2603 Lake Shore

After the repairs are completed, the root cause will be investigated to ensure reliable service in your area when streetcars return to the route on June 24, 2018.

Work is planned to start the week of May 7 at Lake Shore near Allen Avenue and progress to the subsequent locations (moving work area).

Work will require milling and chipping concrete to expose small sections of track for repairs and will take approximately two to three days to complete each location, pending weather. Each work area will be re-opened to traffic after new concrete has had adequate time to cure.

Traffic and pedestrian restrictions

  • Crews will occupy the streetcar track allowance (centre lane) to conduct the repairs.
  • Traffic will be maintained in both directions through the work areas.
  • Some turning restrictions will be required to create a safe work zone for the crew.
  • Some street parking may be restricted through the work areas.

Work hours and timeline

Rail work of this nature is required around-the-clock to ensure quality installation of new rail and concrete. The majority of the work will be done between 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Concrete pouring will likely occur overnight.

The following is the general sequence of work for each work zone:

  • Starting at approximately 7 a.m. after the work zone is established, a track crew will begin minor concrete excavation to expose the rail to be replaced. Concrete chipping will follow to completely expose the rail. Work will continue into the next morning.
  • Old rail will be replaced with the new rail, which will involve some cutting and welding/grinding.
  • Concrete will be placed in the track area and set to cure. The newly placed concrete requires curing time before the work zone is removed for the resumption of full road use.

TTC service changes

The 501 Queen route is currently operated with buses through this area and will be maintained.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve transit in Toronto.

For further information:

Paul Tran, Community Liaison, 416-981-1601;