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August 10, 2017
Mayor Tory announces watermain, TTC streetcar track replacement and road work completed ahead of schedule on Dundas and Wellington Streets
The City of Toronto is delivering on its commitment to accelerate construction projects with road work on Dundas and Wellington Streets both completed well ahead of schedule this summer.

"City staff have been working in close partnership with TTC staff to speed up construction on both of these projects so we can minimize congestion and disruption, while continuing to reduce the backlog of aging City infrastructure that requires repair," said Mayor John Tory. "Dundas and Wellington Streets are just two examples of how we are working together within the City and with our contractors to move this work along faster. With each project we are pushing all parties, learning more and ultimately laying the groundwork for more accelerated construction work to come."

The City is taking action to minimize traffic congestion during the construction season by extending hours for key projects, bundling projects, implementing signal-timing changes on parallel routes and enhancing signage at work locations. Work hours have been extended for 32 construction projects, including overnight work at nine locations and 24/7 work at another seven locations.

"This has been another busy construction summer," said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "We are committed to getting this important infrastructure work done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Ensuring we bring our infrastructure to a state of good repair, while minimizing construction related disruptions is important for residents, businesses and visitors alike."

Quick facts about the work

Location: Dundas Street East from Church Street to Yonge Street

Work Overview:
• Replaced the 100-year-old watermain from Church Street to Yonge Street.
• Replaced the TTC streetcar track on Dundas Street, Victoria Street and Dundas Square (under the Rogers Building).
• Repaved the road where the watermain was replaced.
• Replaced damaged sidewalks and curbs and added tactile plates to the curbs at Yonge and Dundas.

Budget: $3.7 million

Start Date: April 24, 2017

End Date:
• Original: October 31, 2017
• First revision: September 30, 2017
• Second revision: approximately August 19, 2017 (10 weeks early subject to ongoing watermain-related testing)

How the work was expedited:
• The contractor working on the watermain added two additional crews, allowing the TTC to complete track work with one additional crew, also at an accelerated pace.
• The City and TTC were able to work with contractors to add additional crews without adding any additional costs to the original price of the contract.
• Extended hours:
o 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Saturday on Dundas Street (6 a.m. to 2 a.m. during track foundation work, to provide additional work areas for TTC crews).
o Weekends and overnight hours by the underground contractor during the watermain work.

Location: Wellington from Church Street to York Street

Work Overview:
• Replaced the 143-year-old watermain from Church Street to York Street.
• Removed two lanes of streetcar tracks and replaced with one westbound track from the west side of Yonge Street to York Street.
• Repaved the two lanes of road from Yonge Street to York Street.
• Added new tree pits, guards and grates and replaced the sidewalk from Yonge Street to York Street.

Budget: $6.9 million

Start Date: April 10, 2017

End Date:
• Original: October 27, 2017
• Revised: August 3, 2017 (12 weeks early)

How the work was expedited:
• The contractor used additional crews with an approved added cost of $280,000, contained within the contract contingency allowance.

This work is part of the City's comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto's roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.

To help motorists plan their route, the City has a web-based map at identifying ongoing and emergency road construction, travel conditions on Toronto roads and special events that affect roads.

Information about the City's planned capital construction work affecting roads is available at

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