King & Spadina is the last of the TTC’s three Grand Unions to be replaced in as many years. Work began on August 6, and is planned to reach the point by August 20 that streetcar service can resume on 504 King, 508 Lake Shore
and 510 Spadina (to King only).
This post will track the progress of the reconstruction.
Updated August 16, 2013
Paving of the track lanes is substantially complete, and work has now moved to the curb lanes and sidewalks.
Concurrently with the reopening on Tuesday, August 20, the TTC will begin operation of the 521 King Exhibition streetcar service between Church Street and Exhibition Loop, although the cars will be signed “504” because the “521” exposures were removed from the roll signs years ago.
Many of the pedestrian bypass routes through the intersection are now via the roadway.
Updated August 14, 2013
The TTC has clarified the arrangements for service through King/Spadina starting Tuesday, August 20.
504 King and 508 Lake Shore will resume their normal King Street routes rather than diverting via Shaw, Queen and Church.
510 Spadina will remain a bus operation until the next schedule period (Sunday, September 1) when streetcars will return. The bus diversion via Richmond/Adelaide, Peter, etc., will cease on August 20 and buses will operate straight north-south through King/Spadina. Some buses will short turn via Charlotte Loop.
Updated August 12, 2013
Assembly of the intersection was substantially complete late today with most of the new rail in place. Work remains on the approaches as well as levelling, connection of grounding cables and other finishing touches before the track can be set in concrete.
Updated August 11, 2013
The east quadrant has been installed and work is in progress on the north quadrant of the intersection.
Updated August 10, 2013
The diamond plus the west and south quadrants of the intersection have been installed, and the foundation is in place for the remaining two quadrants. Placement of the grounding cables for the new track has begun.
Updated August 8, 2013
A substantial portion of the new foundation slab is now in place, and the track panels for the intersection are spotted nearby ready for installation.
Photos follow the break.