A Tale of Two Tracks

Oct 13th, 2014 | By | Category: Spring 2013

By Hans Looije

On Wednesday March 27, I attended a TTC-sponsored meeting on the track construction along Leslie Avenue regarding resident’s input into the project schedule and traffic flow. There was also a separate meeting with retailers, and another with industries along Commissioners Street. This work will begin in August.

At the same time as this construction progresses, the streetcar track work along Kingston Road will be well underway. This work is run out of the City of Toronto Engineering Department. Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon has promised a public meeting on the construction and traffic impacts to the Kingston Road neighbourhoods.

The TTC will have a staffed construction office at 1258 Queen Street during the Leslie construction, which will take one year. They will put up a website that will update the public with current status. They will put up 15 signs around the neighbourhood to direct traffic. Two signs will be put up at Kingston and Woodbine, and one at Woodbine and Queen, to direct traffic to the least congested route around the work on Leslie. They have committed to keep four lanes open on Lake Shore at all times (two east and two west).

Residents along Leslie will always have access to their driveways, and temporary roads from Lake Shore will be built to the parking lots for Loblaws and Price Chopper. There will also be traffic surveys due before during and after the construction.

Track construction along Kingston Road will close three of the four lanes. If Queen Street was any indication, the city will put up detour signs directing traffic through the residential streets for the duration of the road closure. The 502 and 503 buses will have to detour through residential streets.

At the same time the tracks are laid along Leslie, the 80-year old sewer main underneath is to be replaced at a cost of about $100 million. After the Kingston Road track work is finished, the road is due to be torn up again in 2018 to replace the sewer main running under this road.

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