With the reconstruction of the Dundas route, we will get several chances to see the TTC’s new method of installing intersections this summer.
The special work is pre-coated with rubber and assembled into panels before it arrives at the worksite. The rubber provides mechanical isolation of the track from the roadbed just as the sleeves now used for tangent rails do, reducing vibration and increasing the lifespan of the entire installation. Pre-assembly of track panels simplifies work at the site because each individual piece of track does not have to be fitted into position and welded one at a time.
Tentative dates for intersections (as shown on the TTC’s construction site) are:
- Victoria Day weekend: Bay & Dundas
- Canada Day weekend: Ossington & Dundas
- Simcoe Day weekend: Church & Dundas
- McCaul & Dundas is not explicitly scheduled, but trackwork in the surrounding area is planned for late May
The TTC is quite proud of advancements they’ve made in track construction quality and speed, and Dundas Street is certainly a chance to show their progress.