What we are doing and why

Starting Monday, July 6 (rescheduled from June 22), TTC and the City of Toronto will be conducting a multi-phase streetcar track renewal project on Howard Park Avenue. See the original City of Toronto notice from June 2 here.

Project phases and limits - schedule subject to change

Phase / Location / Dates Work being completed Traffic information

Phase 1 - High Park Loop

July 6 to mid-September

TTC track crews are currently installing
new rail inside the loop on a 24-hour schedule.
  • One way in each direction on Parkside Drive

Phase 2 - Howard Park from
Parkside Drive to Indian Road

July 20 to late August

Crews will remove and replace track from Parkside Drive to the west side of Indian Road.
  • Howard Park Avenue will be fully closed
    between Parkside Drive and the west side of Indian Road
  • There will be no access to driveways
  • Indian Grove or High Park Gardens will not
    have access to Howard Park

Howard Park and Parkside
Drive intersection

Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 25

Crews will improve the Parkside/Howard Park intersection by:

  • removing the right-turn channel, traffic signal infrastructure, some pole, sidewalk and roadway replacement

Breaking and excavation for track replacement to the east half of the intersection will start at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 20

  • Northbound and southbound traffic on Parkside Drive
    will be maintained using one shared lane.
    Toronto Police will be onsite to manage traffic movement
  • On Saturday, July 25 after track replacement is completed,
    a lane in each direction will be provided to maintain
    traffic while other civil work continues at the intersection
  • High Park Gardens will be temporarily converted to allow two-way operation for approximately a 5-day period. On-street parking will remain on High Park Gardens during this time

  • Late August to mid September: West of Indian Road to east of Sunnyside Avenue – track renewal.
  • Late August to mid September: Partial south sidewalk and some roadway work.
  • Mid September to late September: Partial north sidewalk and some roadway work.
  • September 27 to late-October: Intersection of Howard Park / Dundas / Lynd – track, sidewalk/road.

TTC Material Storage and Parking

TTC track materials and work equipment will be parked on the streetcar track lanes on Howard Park Avenue east of Sunnyside Avenue. The contractor will utilize storage space east of Indian Road. There is no parking in the material storage area and to allow for local traffic between Indian Road and Roncesvalles Avenue.

Work hours

  • During track renewal, there will be periods of 24-hours around-the-clock work. Excavation activities and heavy breaking will be carried out at various times throughout the day. Concrete breaking activities will occur between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Breaking work is the most disruptive and will typically last the first three days for each phase of the construction.
  • Around-the-clock work during periods of rail installation by TTC track crews is required to preserve the integrity and quality of new rail and concrete and support daytime construction. Overnight rail work by TTC may consist of moving new rail into position, rail installation and rail welding / grinding.
  • As the track work progresses during this project, TTC overnight track crews will be pulling rail strings through the Howard Park/Roncesvalles intersection on an as required basis from the storage location east of Roncesvalles Avenue to the installation area west of Roncesvalles Avenue. Unavoidable noise can be expected during this activity.

Parking and traffic restrictions

  • During the preliminary rail welding, on-street parking will be restricted within the work zone to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction. Left turns will be prohibited within the work zone. Traffic may need to approach from the opposite direction in order to make a right turn into side streets or driveways.
  • During the track project, one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during the work on Howard Park Avenue with the exception of Phases 2, 3 and 6 when each section will be fully closed.
  • City of Toronto staff has arranged for alternate parking in the area to be provided for displaced cars during phases 2 and 3. Alternate parking letters will be sent to affected residents on Howard Park Avenue in early June. See City contact below.

TTC service – 506 Carlton route

  • During the track renewal project streetcars will be replaced with buses along the entire route. Buses will be diverted to the Dundas West Station. Customers are asked to walk to the nearest transit service crossing Howard Park Avenue, at Parkside Drive (80 Queensway buses) or Roncesvalles Avenue (504/304 King streetcars) or Dundas Street West (506/306 Carlton streetcars and 505 Dundas buses). A service update for the Dundas/Howard Park intersection will be provided at a later date.

Thank you for your patience during this track renewal project.

For further information:

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

City of Toronto: Paul Martin, Senior Public Consultation Coordinator, 416 392-6681, paul.martin@toronto.ca