TTC track replacement work is progressing well on College Street, both east and west of Spadina Avenue. To facilitate work, College Street from Augusta Avenue to Spadina Avenue has been reduced to a single eastbound lane. In addition, College Street from Spadina Avenue to St. George Street is closed to through traffic. Travel on Spadina Avenue is not affected.

 

In mid-September 2022, the City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) started work on several infrastructure upgrades on College Street. These upgrades include:

  • replacement of streetcar tracks: Bathurst Street to Bay Street (excluding the intersections at Bathurst Street, Spadina Avenue, McCaul Street and Bay Street)
  • installation of separated cycle tracks: Manning Avenue to Bay Street (elevated from Manning Avenue and Spadina Avenue and at grade from Spadina Avenue to Bay Street)
  • integrated TTC and cycle streetcar platforms: Manning Avenue to Spadina Avenue
  • pedestrian safety improvements at various locations: Manning Avenue to Spadina Avenue

The planned TTC track replacement work on College Street from Bathurst Street and Bay Street provided the City an opportunity to rethink the existing roadway design and consider changes to improve safety for all road users. The safety improvements will include upgrading the existing bike lanes on College Street with physically separated cycle tracks, integrated TTC and cycle streetcar platforms, curb extensions at specific intersecting streets, and raised intersections at certain locations. In addition, the number of bicycle parking spaces will be increased and conditions will be improved for existing street trees to promote better growth.

City Council authorized the College Street Upgrades as part of the Cycling Network Plan: 2022 Cycling Infrastructure Installation – First Quarter on April 7, 2022. A copy of the staff report is available under IEC agenda item IE 28.7.

Once completed, the upgrades will support College Street as a destination to visit and shop local.

Virtual Trailer Drop-In

The project team will host Virtual Trailer Drop-In meetings where members of the public can join to ask questions about the construction work. Project staff and the TTC Senior Community Liaison will be present to provide answers.

  • Date: Every third Thursday of the month (starting September 15, 2022)
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: Login to the Virtual Trailer, or Dial in by calling 416-915-6530 and enter access code 2466 306 3677

Public Information Event

The City held a virtual Public Information Event on Monday, June 27, 2022 to provide details on the planned construction on College Street, and an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

Event Materials

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College Street (Manning Avenue to Bay Street)

Borden Street (College Street to Harbord Street)

Map of Updated Work Phases

Work Phases and Traffic Directions - Michael Vieira 416.392.0472

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  • Reduced travel lane direction/s
  • Full road closure (no travel lanes)
  • Partial road closure
  • No work at intersection

Updated Work Phases (dates subject to change)

  • Start at Spadina Avenue working east to St. George Street: currently in progress 
  • Start at Spadina Avenue working west to Barton Avenue: currently in progress
  • Start at Barton Avenue working west to Bathurst Street: Dates to be confirmed.
  • Bathurst Street to Manning Avenue (work direction to be confirmed): October to December (cycle track work only)
  • Start at University Avenue working west to St George Street: October to early November 
  • Start at Bay Street working west to University Avenue: November to December

Need assistance? While we aim to provide fully accessible content, there is no text alternative available for some of the content on this page. If you require alternate formats or need assistance understanding our maps, drawings or any other content, please contact us at 416-392-0472, or email CollegeUpgrades@toronto.ca

Streetcar Track Replacement

  • Crews will replace the ageing streetcar tracks from Bathurst Street to Bay Street, except at the following intersections: Bathurst Street, Spadina Avenue, McCaul Street and Bay Street.
  • Crews will remove old concrete / rails, pour new concrete, install new rails, and restore the road.
  • Track replacement will ensure reliable service on the busy 506 Carlton streetcar route, which currently transports approximately 26,000 people per day.
  • Completing this work in 2022 will allow the City and TTC to better coordinate a series of projects in the area, i.e. Adelaide Street, King Street West and Bloor Street West.

Separated Cycle Tracks

  • Crews will upgrade the existing painted bike lanes on College Street from Manning Avenue to Bay Street to separated cycle tracks to improve safety. The cycle tracks will be elevated from Manning Avenue to Spadina Avenue and at grade (with cast in curbs) from Spadina Avenue to Bay Street.
  • From Manning Avenue to Spadina Avenue, the cycle track will be installed in the existing parking layby areas, which will result in a modest loss to street parking. 81% of street parking will be retained next to the bike lanes outside rush hours.
  • The new separated cycle tracks will provide the following benefits:
    • Reduced risk of dooring and collisions
    • Increased road safety for all road users
    • Make cycling on College Street a more comfortable and social experience

Streetcar Platform Upgrades

  • Crews will construct integrated cycle and streetcar platforms from Manning Avenue to Spadina Avenue.
  • The platforms will have space for people cycling and for people waiting to board a transit vehicle. Transit users wait behind the yellow tactile and only cross the cycle track to board / un-board a transit vehicle.
  • People cycling must yield to people boarding/un-boarding the transit vehicles.
  • The length of the new platforms is 30 metres. This will ensure transit stops meet current standards and are accessible.
  • The transit centre island stops at Bathurst Street and at Spadina Avenue intersections will remain unchanged. 

Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Curb Extensions

Crews will extend the curbs at the following locations:

  • Lippincott Street
  • Manning Avenue (northeast and northwest corners)
  • Euclid Avenue (southwest corner)
  • Augusta Avenue
  • Palmerston Avenue (northeast corner)
  • Markham Street (northeast corner)

Curb extensions will:

  • reduce crossing distances for people walking and improve sight lines
  • reduce vehicle speeds of turning vehicles
  • provide more public space for pedestrians
  • improve accessibility and user experience for all pedestrians
  • provide additional space for new trees, plantings and/or street furniture like trash cans and bicycle racks

Raised Crossings

Crews will raise the crossings at the following intersections:

  • Brunswick Avenue
  • Bellevue Avenue
  • Major Street
  • Robert Street

Raised crossings will:

  • create safer crossing conditions at minor intersections
  • help slow traffic and encourage people driving to yield to people walking
  • improve the visibility of people walking

Other Improvements

  • all intersections from Manning Avenue to Bay Street will be brought up to accessibility standards by installing tactile warning indicators
  • increased bike parking
  • improved growing conditions for existing trees by expanding tree pits

Timing and Schedule

The project is expected to take place from September 2022 to December 2022, which is approximately two months less than originally planned. This means:

  • shorter duration of construction and reduced overall impact
  • impact on CaféTO applicants to start later in the summer season (September instead of July) – this includes both curb lane and sidewalk patios
  • less full road closures
  • ability to better coordinate with other planned / major private construction in the area

Work Hours

  • Work will take place twenty-four hours, seven days a week.
  • Excavation activities and heavy breaking will be carried out at various times throughout the day. All concrete breaking activities will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Concrete breaking work is the most disruptive and will typically last the first couple of days for each phase of the construction.
  • Periods of around-the-clock work during rail installation is required to preserve the integrity and quality of new rail and concrete and support the daytime work. Overnight rail work by TTC may consist of moving new rail into position, rail installation and rail welding / grinding.

Deliveries

The City is working with businesses to accommodate delivery and loading activities during construction. To discuss your delivery needs contact the staff listed on this webpage.

Accessible Accommodation

The City’s contractor must ensure safe and accessible walkways and entryways are maintained. 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, contact the City staff listed on this webpage.

If travelling through the area, please be aware of:

  • Reduced travel lanes or road closures will be required along sections of College Street.
  • People cycling can share travel lanes where possible, or dismount and use existing sidewalks.
  • There may be sidewalk restrictions within the construction work areas, when crews install the elevated cycle track. Pedestrian access will be maintained.
  • Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

TTC Service (impacts to the 506 Carlton route)

506 Carlton Streetcar diverting both ways via College Street, Ossington Avenue, Dundas Street West, Parliament Street to route.

506C Carlton Replacement Buses:

Replacement buses will operate between Ossington Station and Castle Frank Station, diverting around the closed sections of the road as required.

  • Westbound 506C: south Parliament Street, west Gerrard Street East, north Sherbourne Street, west Carlton Street, north Jarvis Street, west Wellesley Street East, south Yonge Street, west College Street, north St George Street, west Harbord Street, south Bathurst Street, west College to route.
  • Eastbound 506C: east College Street, north Spadina Avenue, east Harbord Street, south St George Street, east College Street, north Yonge Street, east Wellesley Street East, south Jarvis Street, east Carlton Street, south Sherbourne Street, east Gerrard Street East, north Parliament Street to Castle Frank Station

306 Carlton Replacement Buses:

  • All 306 Carlton buses will operate between Main Station and Dundas West Station and diverting around the closed section of the roadway.

506 Carlton service detour. Contact Michael Vieira, 416-392-0472

Visit: ttc.ca for accurate schedule information or call 416-393-4636.

Public and stakeholder consultation was carried out from November 1, 2021 – November 29, 2021.

A virtual public event was held on the proposed design on November 15, 2021.

Work Status

Completion of the streetcar track replacement project at the Church Street and Carlton Street intersection is delayed. The delay is due to the City’s contractor having uncovered an unknown high voltage Toronto Hydro chamber while excavating.

Toronto Hydro is currently on-site repairing the chamber so the contractor can complete the project.

According to current estimates, project completion is expected in mid-November.

You can subscribe to email updates regarding this project by emailing Michael.Vieira3@toronto.ca and asking to be added to the email distribution list.

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