Although this is high construction season, various projects are moving along more slowly than hoped.
Broadview from Gerrard to Danforth
Work on the watermains in this area was delayed by a shortage of pipe. This has now been solved, and work is in progress north from Hogarth/Montcrest to Danforth (as of July 22). When that is done, the southern section will follow.
Queen Street West from Bay to York Street
The work here includes both watermain and track renewal. As of July 22, saw cutting of the pavement was underway.
As previously reported, the track and watermain work on Queen will occur in stages west from Bay to Spadina, and then east from Fennings to Spadina. There is a supply of new track strings on the north side of Queen in front of City Hall and on the north side of Queen at Trinity-Bellwoods Park.
Queen Street West from University to Spadina
New support poles will be installed here in anticipation of conversion of the overhead for pantograph operation.
As of July 4, the switches for the yard leads from The Queensway had been installed, but not the connecting tracks across the north sidewalk to the yard. Excavation and some foundation work for Sunnyside Loop was underway.
On the north side of The Queensway from Sunnyside west to Claude (the beginning of the streetcar right-of-way), the curb lane was excavated and a new north curb poured. The situation was identical on July 22.
The photo below shows the south side of Roncesvalles Yard including the forest of poles holding up the overhead.
On July 22, the connecting switches to a realigned Sunnyside Loop were in place. In the photos above and below note that the existing loop tracks do not align with the new switches. This intersection will be revised with signals for autos and streetcars with, in theory at least, priority for streetcars leaving the loop.
Queen/Kingston Road Overhead Replacement July 26 to August 5
Streetcar service on Queen east of Leslie Street will be suspended from July 26 for overhead upgrades and track repairs on Queen from east of Leslie to Woodbine.
501 bus service that now ends at Broadview will be extended east to Neville Loop.
A 503 bus shuttle will operate on Kingston Road between Bingham and Woodbine Loops.
Brown’s Line & Lakeshore Queue Jump Lane
The project to create a queue jump lane on the approach to Long Branch Loop is on hold. I await feedback from the TTC on the status of this project.
Photo credit: All photos are by me.