Queen Street West - Watermain Work

Beginning on Monday, May 9, the City of Toronto will replace the dual watermains that run along Queen Street West, from Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue. This project will help to improve our water distribution system and reduce the risk of watermain breaks. It is also an important opportunity to replace any lead pipes that may run between the watermain and individual private properties, dating from before the mid-1950s.

Work will start in the north curb lane of Queen Street West to replace the watermain that runs under the roadbed north of the streetcar tracks. Two crews will be working between Bathurst and Spadina, starting in the middle of the work zone and moving in opposite directions. They will install a temporary watermain by-pass (which may affect water pressure to adjacent properties) and then dig a trench for the new watermain. When all the connections are completed, the roadway will be reconstructed and resurfaced. Finally, work will shift to the south curb lane of Queen Street and the process will be repeated for the remaining watermain on that side of the streetcar tracks.

Extended work hours will be permitted in order to expedite completion of the work. This means 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained. A fence will be installed parallel to the sidewalk to protect pedestrians from the trench. When it is occasionally necessary to temporarily restrict access, the contractor will coordinate with affected properties and businesses.

One lane of general traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times.

TTC services will be affected by this work. Starting at midnight on the morning of May 9, the 501/301 Queen streetcars will divert in both directions via Queen Street, Shaw Street, King Street, Spadina Avenue, and Queen Street. 501-301 Queen shuttle buses will provide service on Queen Street West between Shaw Street and Spadina Avenue. Board buses at curbside stops. PRESTO will not be available on the shuttle buses. Please check www.ttc.ca for up-to-date information about diversions or replacement services.

Cyclists will be able to use the centre lanes of Queen Street, which will be open to all traffic, but the alternative routes of Richmond Street and Adelaide Street are also available in order to avoid riding between the streetcar tracks.

This project is expected to be complete in October 2016. Sidewalk work and new streetscape improvements in partnership with the Queen Street West BIA will be completed in 2017.

You can view a copy of the construction notice here.