Updated December 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm:
According to a Waterfront Toronto notice, reconstruction of the loop will move into Queens Quay proper on December 10 when work begins on the loop entrance (Section C below). Resumption of streetcar service is still planned for mid-February, 2014.
Updated November 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm:
Construction of section “A”, the northwest quadrant, of Queens Quay loop continues.
Looking southwest across the loop exit. Although several pieces are in roughly their final locations, they have not yet been assembled.
Looking northeast, the reverse view of the one above.
The intersection of Lake Shore and Spadina will be partially closed for the coming weekend to allow the portion of this quadrant extending into Lake Shore to be installed and connected to the new track on Spadina.
Updated November 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm:
The first panel of the new loop at Spadina and Queens Quay has been placed. Below is the switch at the exit from the loop.
View looking west from the parking garage east of the loop.
Also in progress appeared to be preparation of the roadbed on Spadina from this point southerly to receive the next pour of the foundation slab.
Updated November 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm:
Over the past weekend, the foundation slab was laid for the new track that will go in section “A” in the map below. The track will be installed
on the following weekend over the coming week.
Looking northeast across the exit from Queens Quay Loop.
Looking south on Spadina from Bremner. A truck with one track panel for the new loop sits in the middle of the streetcar right-of-way.
Updated October 26, 2013 at 4:35 pm:
Waterfront Toronto’s construction notice for the week of October 28 advises that there will be a partial closure of the Spadina & Lake Shore intersection on the weekends of November 1-4 and 8-12 for track installation at Queens Quay Loop.
Waterfront Toronto has announced plans for the reconstruction of the loop at Spadina and Queens Quay and nearby roads. In a recent conversation and email, I clarified some aspects of this notice with James Roche, their Director of Parks, Design and Construction.
The four month period cited in the notice runs through to the completion of work and re-opening of the loop for streetcar service in mid-February 2014.
Work will begin on October 16 on the loop exit (section “A”) which includes part of the intersection with Lake Shore Boulevard. A partial closure of that intersection is expected in early November.
Work on the loop track itself (section “B”) will proceed concurrently.
The two sections on Queens Quay itself will be the next stages of work, and Waterfront Toronto hopes to be completed by the end of the year or early in January. This will give the TTC a month to erect the new overhead for the loop in preparation for service in February.
When construction resumes after the winter break, new track will be installed along Queens Quay east to the portal at Bay Street, and west (slightly realigned from its original location) to connect with the existing track at Yo-Yo Ma Lane.