During the week of May 27, the low barrier walls for the new cycle track on the north side of Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street will be installed. The new cycling traffic signals are expected to be installed by mid-June.

In September 2022, the City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) started work on a series of infrastructure upgrades on Adelaide Street. The work involves:

  • replacement of the 100+ year old watermain and City-owned portion of substandard water services from York Street to Victoria Street
  • reinstatement of eastbound streetcar track system on Adelaide Street from Charlotte Street to York Street
  • relocation of the cycle track from the south to the north side of the street from Bathurst Street to Parliament Street. Learn more about the benefits of relocating the cycles track on Adelaide Street
  • installation of new bike signals
  • modification of traffic signal timing
  • pedestrian safety improvements at various locations from Bathurst Street to Parliament Street

This project now includes the installation of new streetcar tracks and underground utility relocations on Adelaide Street, between York Street and Victoria Street. In March 2023, Toronto City Council authorized Engineering and Construction Services to undertake this additional work.

Streetcar track work on Adelaide Street, west of York Street is necessary to allow for TTC route diversions in the downtown core. During the construction of the Ontario Line, the eastbound 501 Queen streetcar will be diverted to Adelaide Street between York Street and Church Street.

May 24, 2024: Construction Update

Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street has been repaved and the new road markings have been painted.

During the week of May 27, the low barrier walls for the new cycle track on the north side of Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street will be installed. The new cycling traffic signals are expected to be installed by mid-June.

Ongoing work to install underground Toronto Hydro cables (cable pulling) will continue until the end of the year. This work will require intermittent lane closures around the Toronto Hydro vaults. This work will occur during off-peak hours

May 2024: Construction Update

From May 6 to May 10 (weather permitting), the City’s contractor will resurface sections of the road on Adelaide Street. The first section will be between John Street and Simcoe Street. The second section will be between Sheppard Street and Bay Street. The third section will be between Yonge Street and Victoria Street.

Adelaide Street will be reduced to one eastbound vehicle lane during this work. Cyclists will be required to share the vehicle lane. Access to driveways and laneways will be maintained.

Work on the remaining road resurfacing, sidewalk restoration and cycle track relocation on Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street will continue into late May.

April 2024: Construction Update

Starting the week of April 8, the two remaining sections of streetcar track installation will resume on Adelaide Street. The first section will be between Yonge Street and Victoria Street. The second section will be between Sheppard Street and Bay Street. The contractor will excavate the road, pour a new concrete foundation and install the streetcar tracks. Adelaide Street will be reduced to one eastbound vehicle lane during this work.

Work on the streetcar track installation is expected to be completed by April 19.

December 2023: Temporary Road Closure

The City of Toronto is accelerating some work to install streetcar tracks on Adelaide Street, which will require a full intersection closure of Adelaide Street West and Bay Street.

See the Construction Impact Notice for full details

October 2023: Temporary Road Closure

The City of Toronto is accelerating some work to install streetcar tracks on Adelaide Street, which will require a full intersection closure of Adelaide and York Streets.

See the Construction Update #3 for full details

August 2023: Preliminary TTC Work

Starting August 10, the TTC will begin rail welding and storage on Adelaide Street East. Rail welding is preliminary work that is required ahead of the streetcar track installation on Adelaide Street between York Street and Victoria Street.

Please see the TTC website for full details.

Notices

Public Information Event

The City held a virtual Public Information Event on Thursday, July 21, 2022 to provide details on the planned construction on Adelaide Street, and an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

Presentation – July 21, 2022

Map of main work zone on Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street.

Work Phases

Watermain Replacement

  • York Street to Bay Street: Completed
  • Bay Street to Victoria Street: Completed

Cycle track relocation

  • Bathurst Street to York Street: Completed
  • Victoria Street to Parliament Street: Completed
  • York Street to Victoria Street: Spring 2024

Utility relocation

  • York Street to Victoria Street: Completed

Road Resurfacing 

  • Victoria Street to Church Street: Completed
  • York Street to Victoria Street: Spring 2024

Streetcar Track Reinstatement

  • West of York Street to Charlotte Street: Completed
  • York Street to Victoria Street: Completed

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Work Hours: Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Friday, with work after hours and on weekends as required.

Noise: Concrete breaking work is the noisiest part of construction. It typically lasts the first one or two days for each section of the roadway.

Deliveries: The City has been working with businesses and property management representatives to accommodate delivery and loading activities during construction. If you have not yet discussed your delivery needs with the project team, please contact the staff person listed on this web page as soon as possible.

Accessible Accommodation: The City’s contractor must ensure safe and accessible walkways and entryways are maintained for everyone during construction. Any temporary access disruptions will be communicated as soon as possible. If you experience a disruption, have a specific access need or related accommodation request, inform the contact listed on this web page.

If travelling through the area, please be aware of:

  • Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic
  • People cycling can share the single eastbound lane (single file), or dismount and use sidewalks
  • Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times
  • The cycle track will be open east and west of the active work areas
  • Shared lane markings have been added on King Street West from Simcoe Street to George Street. People cycling may choose to use King Street West as an alternative route while construction on Adelaide Street continues.

To avoid delays and traffic congestion, travelers NOT destined for this area are advised to use nearby streets and avoid travel on Adelaide Street altogether.

TTC Service Impacts

  • Starting May 1, 2023, 501 Queen streetcars will divert both ways between McCaul Street and Broadview Avenue. Ontario Line construction will require Queen Street, between Bay Street and Victoria Street, to be closed.
  • Visit ttc.ca for further updates on service

Metrolinx is working with the TTC and the City of Toronto to build a permanent streetcar detour route along Adelaide and Richmond streets, connecting via York and Church streets. Once completed, the 501 Queen streetcar will keep riders moving during the construction of the Ontario Line.

Metrolinx crews will be performing utility removals and relocations as well as other necessary roadway work such as track slab excavation, pouring of a track slab foundation, and conducting work on the traffic signals to support the installation of new streetcar tracks.

Map of Metrolinx and City of Toronto Work Zones

Metrolinx will be completing the streetcar track installation on York Street from Queen Street West to Adelaide Street West. The City of Toronto will be completing the streetcar track installation on Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street.

Metrolinx Notices

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