Updated February 16, 2012 at 6:05pm: The Public Works & Infrastructure Committee deferred consideration of the report on Eastern Avenue’s reconfiguration until March 21, 2012, “to enable the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services, to explore further alternatives that will maintain the capacity of parking on the roadway”.
Original post from February 13 below:
TTC’s Russell Carhouse at Queen and Connaught will see major track reconstruction this year.
A project to rebuild track Queen Street and Connaught Avenue was deferred from 2011 at the Mayor’s request, but the work is now out for tender. This will include the replacement of all of the special work on the north side of the carhouse including the yard accesses and the intersection at Connaught. On Connaught itself, the track layout will be changed by the removal of the existing crossover between the northbound and southbound tracks.
At Eastern Avenue, the roadway will be rebuilt to isolate the streetcar ladder tracks from the rest of the pavement and raise their level. This change will reduce the effect of the combined curve and grade between Eastern Avenue and the yard tracks which is especially pronounced at the carhouse itself. A report on the recommended layout for the street is on the Public Works agenda for February 15, 2012.
This work is part of the overall preparation of the streetcar system for the arrival of the new LFLRVs.