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Leslie upgrades and track installation:
Work continues May 8

Update — Friday, June 20, 9:10 a.m.: The TTC continues to detour buses operating along the 31B branch of the 31 Greenwood route until further notice.

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City of Toronto and TTC contractors continue the project to upgrade the street and install streetcar tracks on Leslie Street this week.

(They’re building new tracks to connect the future Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance and storage facility to the tracks on Queen Street East.)

Starting today, Thursday, May 8, before the City completely closes the intersection of Queen Street East and Leslie Street this Sunday, May 11, crews are working to replace a watermain on Leslie, south of Queen East. This work requires the City to completely close Leslie between Queen and Memory Lane. The closure continues until the intersection of Queen and Leslie reopens to traffic Sunday, June 22.

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During the work, motorists driving in both directions along Queen can’t turn southward on Leslie and motorists travelling northward along Leslie can’t access Queen Street.

The work diverts the east / west pedestrian crossing on the south side of Queen at Leslie south around the work zone. The work will not impact sidewalks on the east and west sides of Leslie.

Also starting today, the TTC is detouring the 31B branch of the 31 Greenwood route, while Leslie Street is closed. Buses operating along the main 31 branch continue to operate along their regular route.


Note that this map incorrectly identifies Knox Avenue and incorrectly locates Woodward Avenue.

This Saturday, May 10, crews are building a temporary entrance to connect the Avondale Retirement Residence parking lot to Leslie Street. They’ll remove this entrance when the Queen and Leslie intersection reopens.

Expect temporary restrictions for the northbound lane on Leslie. A flagperson and a “paid-duty” Toronto Police Service officer will be present to help direct both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Also continuing:

  • work on the Bell Canada chamber at the northwest corner of Queen and Leslie; and
  • paving at the northeast corner of Curzon and Queen.

At 6 a.m., Sunday, May 11, work crews start staging the work zone at Leslie and Queen. They’ll be making saw cuts within the work zone to prepare for road excavation.

31B Greenwood (to Eastern)

From Thursday, May 8 until Saturday, June 21, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Greenwood Avenue and Queen Street East, then detour:

eastward along Queen East;
southward along Coxwell Avenue; and then
northward along Woodward Avenue to Queen Street East,
ending their trips.

Southbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Queen Street East at Alton Avenue,
  • on Leslie Street South of Queen Street East and
  • on Eastern Avenue east of Leslie Street, at Knox Avenue and across from Minto Street (beside the Canada Post South Central Letter Processing Centre).

Northbound buses start their trips on Woodward Avenue at Queen Street East, then operate along their regular route westward along Queen East.

Although the TTC is not revising service along the main 31 branch of the route, it is increasing the frequency of service along all branches of the route starting Sunday, May 11 to provide alternative transit options to passengers during the Queen / Leslie track construction.