The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission’s work to replace streetcar tracks at the intersection of Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East will be completed and the intersection reopened at 7 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, four weeks ahead of schedule.
“The early completion of this project is great news for the city this weekend,” said Mayor John Tory. “Not only was this work critical to improve and rehabilitate aging streetcar track infrastructure, it was also done in a way that minimized the disruption to the public and accelerated the work schedule to complete the project weeks ahead of what was planned.”
The 504 King, 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton replacement bus service will return to regular routing through the intersection. Streetcars return to the 504 King and 506 Carlton routes on September 2. More information about TTC service is available at ttc.ca.
This project began on June 25 with the full intersection closure at Broadview Avenue and Dundas Street East. Crews worked 24/7 at an accelerated schedule, which enabled the reopening of the intersection for east-west travel on July 9 to minimize traffic disruption to the area.
The second phase of this construction project on Broadview Avenue, between Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East, began on July 9. Only northbound traffic was permitted on Broadview Avenue.
The third phase of the project began on July 24 and fully closed the intersection at Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East. Due to favourable conditions, crews were able to complete the track replacement and repair work within a shorter timeframe than previously expected.
“Construction work on major intersections can complicate travel for road users and this is why I am pleased by the success of the city’s co-ordinated and planned approach on this project,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the city’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “I am happy to report that this is the second major project to be finished early in this construction season, including the track replacement work at Parliament Street and Gerrard Street East.”
This project is part of the city’s comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to reduce disruption to the public while rehabilitating and further improving Toronto’s roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.
This year, the city will invest more than $720 million to maintain and upgrade its infrastructure, including an estimated $360 million on roads, expressways and bridges, $300 million on sewers and watermains, and $60 million on basement flooding protection.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to use the city’s web-based map, toronto.ca/roadrestrictions, to help plan their travel and avoid other road closures. More information about the city’s planned capital construction work is available at toronto.ca/inview.