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It’s construction season in downtown Toronto

Toronto, April 13, 2017

By Kate Manicom

Construction on Shuter Street
Construction on Shuter Street. (Photo by Yuri Markarov)

Daffodils are blooming and the sun is shining, which means it’s construction season in Toronto. The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission are starting several construction projects in the downtown core this spring that will cause lane closures and public transit diversions. Plan for possible delays if travelling to the hospital in the coming months.

Downtown projects include:

  • On Monday, April 17, the off-ramp to York, Bay and Yonge Streets from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway to Lower Simcoe Street will be closed and demolished to construct a new off-ramp. Those travelling to St. Michael’s via the eastbound Gardiner can take the Jarvis Street off-ramp to access the hospital. The project is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.

  • From late April until October, water main replacement, streetcar track replacement and road improvements on Dundas Street East from Yonge to Church Streets will result in lane restrictions and the closure of the intersection of Victoria and Dundas Streets. The 505 Dundas streetcar will be diverted both ways around the construction area. Information about TTC schedules is available at

  • Due to several construction projects planned for Queen Street over the summer, including the replacement of pedestrian walkway bridge between the Toronto Eaton Centre and Hudson’s Bay, the 501 Queen streetcar will be serviced by buses from May to September.

  • In May and June, streetcar track replacement and road repairs will require the closure of the intersection of Dundas and Parliament Streets for three weeks. The 505 Dundas streetcar and 65 Parliament bus will be diverted around the closure.

Learn more about these projects and others on the City of Toronto’s downtown construction projects page. Information about TTC schedules and diversions is available at

Construction on Shuter Street

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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