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 Yonge Streets followed by a full intersection closure of Adelaide and York Streets.
Adelaide Street West and Yonge Street intersection closure
Beginning 6 a.m., Tuesday, October 10 until 11 p.m., Friday, October 13, the intersection of Adelaide Street West and Yonge Street will be fully closed to motorists and cyclists to allow construction crews to accelerate track installation.
This four-day full closure will allow the TTC streetcar track installation on Adelaide Street West between Yonge and Victoria Streets to be completed by the end of December instead of carrying over additional work, such as paving, into spring 2024. Once the full closure is completed on October 13, the intersection will re-open and Adelaide Street will remain reduced to one shared travel lane. It is anticipated that this acceleration of work will allow additional travel lanes on Adelaide Street in this stretch to re-open by mid-November, which otherwise would have remained closed until spring 2024.
Adelaide Street West and York Street intersection closure
Beginning Monday, October 16 until mid-December, the intersection of Adelaide and York Streets will be fully closed to traffic so that crews can safely install TTC tracks in the intersection.
This intersection was to be fully closed for six weeks starting Wednesday, November 1, however the closure date has been advanced to provide crews with more space in the work zone to help manage complexities related to relocating underground utilities. Once the full closure is completed, the intersection will re-open and Adelaide Street West will remain reduced to one shared lane.
During both full intersection closures, the streets around the intersection will be open to local traffic only. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times throughout construction. The City will deploy Traffic Agents and Paid Duty Officers to help manage traffic in the area. Signage will be placed in advance to advise people driving and cycling of traffic changes during the intersection closures.
The City anticipates that construction to install TTC tracks between York and Victoria Streets will be completed by spring 2024. Lanes will re-open on Adelaide Street, between York and Victoria Streets as crews complete sections of track.
Local businesses in the area will remain open as usual and pedestrian access to businesses around the work zone will be maintained.
With so much construction taking place in the downtown core, drivers are advised to plan their travel in advance, expect delays, consider taking public transit, cycling or walking and obey signage around work zones for the safety of the work crews.
More information about this project, including work zone maps, is available on the City’s website.
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