With construction season kicking off in Toronto, lengthy repairs are set to begin on a major intersection on the west side of Toronto.
The four-street intersection of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway, and Roncesvalles Avenue will be partially closed starting April 5 for a variety of infrastructure upgrades.
According to the TTC, some of the upgrades will include streetcar track replacement, an extension of the dedicated streetcar right-of-way from Claude Avenue East to the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles intersection, enhancements to streetcar stops, and safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.
At the same time, the City will also be working on the lighting, water mains, and sewers in the intersection. The construction is expected to continue into the summer of 2022.
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To accommodate the closures, buses have already replaced the TTC’s 501 Queen streetcar between the Long Branch loop and Jarvis Street. They also replaced the 504 King streetcar between Dundas West Station and Shaw Street. As of April 5, the following changes will also be in effect:
- 501P/301P Queen buses will operate on Queen Street West between Park Lawn loop in the west and the Queen/Jarvis area in the east, diverting both ways at the KQQR intersection via Queen Street West, Dufferin Street, King Street West and The Queensway.
- 501L/301L Queen buses will operate on Queen Street West between Long Branch loop in the west and the Queen/Jarvis area in the east, diverting both ways at the KQQR intersection similar to 501P buses.
- 504G/304G King buses (north of Queen Street West) will operate on Roncesvalles Avenue between Dundas West Station and TTC’s Roncesvalles Yard. No customer pick-up or drop-off will be available inside the yard.
- 504Q/304Q King buses (south of Queen Street West) will operate via west on King Street West, north on Dufferin Street, west on Queen Street West, south on Triller Avenue and return east on King Street West to Douro Street/King Street area. These King buses will serve Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Triller Avenue, in the westbound direction only
Construction work on the Toronto intersection is expected to take place Monday to Friday from 7 am to 7 pm, but some periods of 24-hour repairs will happen between April and June.