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:
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.
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.
The intersection of Adelaide Street West and Bay Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7 a.m. on December 11 until 7 a.m. on December 16.
During the full road closure:
See the Construction Impact Notice for full details
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.
A full intersection closure is scheduled for October 16 – December 15
During the full intersection closure:
See the Construction Update #3 for full details
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.
The City’s contractor has painted the pavement markings for the new cycle track on the north side of Adelaide Street from Bathurst Street to York Street. Starting June 29, the new cycle track will be partially open.
During construction, people cycling should use the north side cycle track, which will be temporarily separated from vehicle lanes by traffic cones. The cycle track will be fully open once new low barrier walls are installed and all cycling traffic signals are activated.
During construction, no on-street parking will be permitted in the active work zone. The cycle track is expected to be fully open from Bathurst Street to York Street by the middle of July.
Starting the week of June 26, road resurfacing on Adelaide Street from Victoria Street to Church Street will begin. During this time, our contractor will repave the road surface and update pedestrian crossings with accessible tactile plates. Vehicle traffic will be reduced to one eastbound lane. Access to driveways and laneways will be maintained. The road resurfacing work is expected to last two weeks.
A majority of the TTC track removals were completed on Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street. The remaining removals will be completed by the end of June.
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
Cycle track relocation
Streetcar Track Reinstatement
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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:
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
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.
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.
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