The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission are renewing aging streetcar tracks on Wellington Street East from Yonge Street to Church Street. Track renewal will also take place on Church Street south of King Street East to Wellington Street. This project includes streetscape improvements at the intersection of Wellington Street and Church Street and installation of a new traffic signal at Wellington Street East and Scott Street.

Work on this project started in March 2021 however due to several underground utility conflicts that were discovered during early stages of construction, the project was halted in June 2021 to address these conflicts. Work resumed on March 14, 2022. This project is expected to be completed by the end of October 2022. See Project History for more detailed information.

Construction Schedule

March 2022 – May 2022

Wellington Street East

  • Installation of street lighting
  • Installation of new traffic signals at Scott Street
  • Sidewalk reconstruction (April-May)
  • Tree planting (May)

Front Street

  • Installation of street lighting
  • Electrical upgrades
  • Tree planting

June 2022

Wellington Street East

  • TTC track reconstruction
  • Road reconstruction

Church Street (King Street to Front Street)

  • TTC track reconstruction
  • Partial road reconstruction

July 2022 – August 2022

Wellington Street East

  • Installation of street lighting
  • Installation of traffic signals at Scott Street
  • Sidewalk reconstruction
  • Tree planting/irrigation
  • Road reconstruction
  • Traffic signal upgrades at Church Street

Front Street

  • Electrical upgrades

Church Street (King Street to Front Street)

  • Partial road reconstruction

September 2022 – October 2022

Wellington Street East

  • Overhead streetcar wire installation
  • Site clean-up and power connections

Construction Updates

 

Front Street East from Church Street to Scott Street (March 14 to May 31)

Sidewalks

  • The north sidewalk on Front Street will be closed. Pedestrians will be directed to use the south sidewalk on Front Street during sidewalk and asphalt repair in front of the Flatiron Building. Please note all business in the Flatiron Building will remain open during construction.
  • All parking on Front Street East from Scott Street to Church Street will be restricted during construction
  • The first two parking spots on the north side of Front Street East of Church Street up to the first driveway will be restricted due to construction material/equipment storage

On Street Parking

  • All parking on Front Street from Scott Street to Church Street will be restricted during construction

Road Restrictions

  • During construction Front Street East will be reduced to one eastbound lane of vehicular traffic

Intersection Closure #1

  • Front Street East and Church Street intersection closure in late April to early-May
  • Eastbound traffic lane on Front Street between Scott Street and Church Street will be closed during the Church Street and Front Street East intersection closure in late-April (future notice will be provided for exact dates of intersection closure)
  • After intersection closure in late April/early May, all traffic lanes on Front Street will be reopened

Wellington Street East From Church Street to Yonge Street (week of March 14 to July 31)

Sidewalks

  • The north sidewalk on Wellington Street East from to Yonge Street  to Church St will be closed from the week of March 28 to August 31
  • The south sidewalk on Wellington Street East will be closed intermittingly during construction from mid to late April to August 31
  • The contractor will be working at various locations along both sides of Wellington Street East from March 28 to August 31
  • Pedestrians will be directed to use the alternate sidewalk when construction is taking place on either side of Wellington Street East.
  • Temporary ramps will be provided to access businesses on the north side of Wellington Street East during sidewalk/road construction.
  • Temporary pedestrian walkways will be created on Wellington Street East during sidewalk and curb lane road work.
  • Pedestrians are advised to follow construction signage for pedestrian travel along Wellington St E during construction
  • The City contractor will coordinate construction staging and storefront access with business owners on Wellington Street East as construction progresses

On Street Parking

  • All parking on Wellington Street East from Yonge street to Church street will be restricted during construction

Road Restrictions

  • There will be one lane of west bound traffic on Wellington Street East during construction with the exception of when the intersection is closed at Wellington Street East and Church Street during the month of June (future notice will be provided for exact dates of intersection closure)

Intersection Closure #2

  • Wellington Street East and Church Street (month of June)

Church Street from Front Street Street East to King Street East (Mid-April to June 30)

Sidewalks

  • All sidewalks will remain open until June when sidewalk restriction signage will be put in place due Intersection closure at Church Street & Wellington Street East

On Street Parking

  • All parking on Church Street from Wellington Street East to King Street East will be restricted during intersection construction in June

Road Restrictions

  • All traffic lanes on Church Street will remain open until the intersection closure during the month of June

Work Hours

Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays or Sundays as required.

There will be periods of 24 hour operation during new TTC rail installation in June 2022.  Further notice will be provided prior to TTC rail installation starting.

Parking

Parking in the active work zone is not permitted as space is needed for construction equipment and materials. If your parked vehicle affects construction work, it will be relocated with no charge to the owner. If your vehicle is moved, please contact parking control for its location at 416-808-2222.

There will be no parking on Wellington Street East during construction. There will be times when on street parking on Front Street East near Market Street will be restricted due to ongoing construction activities. Affected properties will get additional parking information as work progresses.

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, please wellingtonconstruction@toronto.ca or call 416-392-6681

Additional Pedestrian Signage

During construction the City will be installing additional signage on Wellington Street East, Church Street and Front Street East to direct pedestrian traffic and inform the public that local business remain open during construction. Access ramps will be provided for impacted businesses along Wellington Street East during sidewalk construction.

Map of Construction area along Wellington and Church Street. Please contact Paul Martin for more information at paul.martin@toronto.ca

Legend

  • Construction areas on Wellington Street, Church Street, Market Street Front Street
  • New traffic light installation on Scott Street and Wellington Street
  • Sidewalk asphalt repair on Front Street East at Church Street
  • TTC track installation and road reconstruction on Church Street and Wellington Street
  • Underground electrical work on Market Street and Front Street East

During the full closure of the Front Street/Church Street intersection, there will be some changes to the 121 Esplanade-River bus service.

Visit TTC Service Details for more details.

The City is hosting Virtual Trailer Drop-Ins where members of the public can join online or by phone, to ask questions about the ongoing Wellington area construction work or provide feedback to the project team. Project staff and a representative from the TTC will be present to either provide answers on the spot or provide follow up responses shortly after.

Virtual Trailer Drop In

Drop in every Monday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Virtual Trailer WebEx Link

Call In Number: 416 915 6530

Access Code: 2453 009 8346

If you have not previously attended a WebEx meeting hosted by the City, learn more about Participating in City Virtual Engagement Events.

Project Email List

The project team is working to actively keep local residents and businesses informed throughout different stages of this project. To receive bi-weekly construction updates by email, subscribe to the project email.

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Construction Liaison Committee

Throughout construction, the City will be meeting on a regular basis with affected groups adjacent to construction locations. The Construction Liaison Committee (CLC) is an advisory committee and not a formal commenting or decision-making body of the City of Toronto. The purpose of the CLC is to provide community input and advice to City staff regarding construction. The CLC is comprised of the following local interests:

  • Business Improvement Area (BIA)
  • Resident’s Associations
  • Community/Park Organizations
  • Neighbouring Multi-Unit Residential Properties
  • Commercial Property Managers
  • Ward Councillor
  • City of Toronto staff
  • TTC Community Liaison staff

As mentioned in the project description on the front page, this project was halted last June 2021 due to the discovery of several underground conflicts that were found in the early stages of construction. Throughout the fall of 2021 and the early months of 2022 the City has worked with our project partners to resolve all underground conflicts and are now confident to move forward with construction.

September 2021 Project Update

During the construction shut down City Staff provided an update In September of 2021 to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee at its September 14 meeting, regarding the work on Wellington Street East.  The report identifies the outstanding work to complete, including a timeline and potential options to accelerate outstanding work ahead of June 2022. Please see the linked copy of the report by City staff on the Wellington Street Capital Projects.  A copy of the staff report is also available at Agenda Item History – 2021.IE24.14 (toronto.ca).

Project Notes

For additional information regarding project delays please see the Project Notes, July 2, 2021. The Project Notes document provides a brief summary of what construction issues were encountered and also provides responses to commonly asked questions about the project delays.

 

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