Starting on February 12 the contractor will commence advanced work with concrete cutting for the watermain work. Short-term lane closures are expected for the week of February 12.

The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) plan to renew aging streetcar tracks along King Street West between Dufferin Street and Shaw Street. The City will also replace the 146-year-old watermain that runs east-west on King Street between Dufferin Street and Shaw Street. Work is anticipated to begin in February 2024 and be completed by December 2024.

This work is required to bring the City infrastructure to a state of good repair and is part of the Council-approved 2023 Capital Works Program.

Map of work area along King Street West between Dufferin Street and Shaw Street.

Map of work area along King Street West between Dufferin Street and Shaw Street. Please contact Mark De Miglio at 416 395 7178 or mark.demiglio@toronto.ca for more information.

Schedule and Travel Impacts

The project is expected to begin in mid February 2024 and is expected to be complete by December 2024.

Phase 1 – Watermain Replacement – Mid February 2024 to end of July 2024

  • Work will include watermain replacement work on King Street between Dufferin Street and Shaw Street.
  • The work zone will be rolling as work progresses.
  • One lane of traffic in each direction through the work zone. Access for pedestrians maintained.

Map of work area along King Street West between Dufferin Street and Shaw Street. Please contact Mark De Miglio at mark.demiglio@toronto.ca or 416 395 7178 for more information.

Phase 2 – TTC Streetcar Track replacement – May 2024 to June 2024.

  • TTC streetcar track to be replaced on King Street between Dufferin Street and Fraser Avenue.
  • Full Closure to all vehicles within work zone. Access to sidewalks maintained.

Phase 3 – TTC Streetcar Track replacement – Late June to late July 2024.

  • TTC streetcar track to be replaced at the intersection of King Street and Dufferin Street.
  • Full Closure to all vehicles. Access to sidewalks maintained.

Map of work area along King Street West between Dufferin Street and Shaw Street. Please contact Mark De Miglio at mark.demiglio@toronto.ca or 416 395 7178 for more information.

Phase 4 – TTC Streetcar Track replacement – August 2024 to September 2024

  • TTC streetcar track to be replaced on King Street between Fraser Ave and Atlantic Ave.
  • Full Closure to all vehicles. Access to sidewalks maintained

Map of work area along King Street West between Dufferin Street and Shaw Street. Please contact Mark De Miglio at mark.demiglio@toronto.ca or 416 395 7178 for more information.

Phase 5 – TTC Streetcar Track replacement – September 2024 to October 2024

  • TTC streetcar track to be replaced on King Street between Atlantic Ave. and Shaw St.
  • Full Closure to all vehicles. Access to sidewalks maintained

Map of work area along King Street West between Dufferin Street and Shaw Street. Please contact Mark De Miglio at mark.demiglio@toronto.ca or 416 395 7178 for more information.

Restoration & Overhead work – October 2024 to December 2024

  • Maintenance of TTC streetcar overhead wiring
  • Restoration of the area.
  • All travel lanes will be open, however  localized lane closures may be required. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Work Hours

During Phase 1, work will take place between 7 a.m. -7 p.m., Monday to Friday with late work or weekend work when needed.

Phase 2-5 work will take place 24 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 a.m. and 11 p.m. Concrete breaking work is the most disruptive and will typically last the first one to two days for each phase of the construction. Around-the-clock work during rail installation by TTC is required to preserve the integrity and quality of new rail and concrete. Overnight rail work by TTC may consist of moving new rail into position, rail installation and rail welding/grinding.

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 webpage as soon as possible.

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.

Starting February 18, 2024, service on the following routes will be altered to accommodate the construction on King Street West, from Dufferin Street to Shaw Street:

  • 501 Queen streetcars will divert onto Dufferin Street (to Dufferin Gate Loop) until 10 p.m.  After 10 p.m., 501 Queen streetcars will operate west to Long Branch Loop along its regular routing.
  • 504A King streetcars will divert onto Queen Street West between Shaw Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. 504B King streetcars will divert onto Queen Street West between Shaw Street and Roncesvalles Avenue and extend to Humber Loop before 10 p.m., and to Roncesvalles Avenue after 10 p.m.
  • 508 Lake Shore streetcars will divert onto Queen Street West between Shaw Street and Roncesvalles Avenue (starting February 19, 2024).
  • 63 Ossington buses will be extended along King Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. This will provide service both ways along this section of King Street West, Liberty/East Liberty Avenue, and Strachan Avenue.

Wheel-Trans services will remain accessible in all areas where local traffic is permitted.

Map of TTC detour. Please contact Michael Vieira by email at KingStreetTrackRenewal@ttc.ca or call 437-551-4609 for more information.

Details on how TTC routes will be adjusted for streetcar track renewal at the King/Dufferin intersection in June/July 2024 (Phase 3), will be included in Construction Update #1. This update will be mailed ahead of the start of Phase 3 work.

Updated transit information can be viewed on the TTC’s project webpage ttc.ca/KingStreetTrackRenewal 

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