Queen Spadina construction

This is what an urban headache looks like

Along with the weather, Toronto folk tend to make a bit too big a deal out of the various construction projects that sweep through the city in the summer months. Nevertheless, once in a while we do get roadwork worth talking about, as is the case with the recent shutdown of Queen and Spadina for TTC track reconstruction and passenger island replacement. A so-called grand union intersection, the shutdown has had at least as much impact on streetcar traffic as it has on other vehicles.

Queen Spadina construction

This has been a crucial downtown intersection for over a century with a history of track reconstruction every 25 or 30 year or so. So you'd think it'd be a complete disaster when it gets shutdown for two weeks. I suppose everyone has their own definition of what constitutes a traffic nightmare, but based on a few visits since work started things could be a lot worse. Sure, Bathurst is taking lots of overflow and gets backed up during rush hour, but all things considered, the closure has been well organized and most drivers have got word to avoid the area. There's even a handy TTC video explainer about the construction and diversions.

So while the spectacle of track replacement is certainly photo worthy, the closure is more of an inconvenience than anything else. Not a migraine — just a headache.

More construction porn:

Queen Spadina construction20120712 - Queen and Spadina-6.jpgQueen Spadina constructionQueen Spadina constructionQueen Spadina constructionQueen Spadina constructionQueen Spadina constructionQueen Spadina construction

Contemporary photos by Jimmy Lu. Toronto Archives photo from 1912.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

The history of the Humber Heights-Westmount neighbourhood in Toronto

This was the most expensive home sold in Toronto last year

Man recognizes himself in old photo of Children's Village at Ontario Place

Toronto LifeLabs location comes under fire for xenophobic sign

Humber Bay Park in Toronto spans two kilometres of the city's shoreline

Buy nothing groups in Toronto are bringing neighbours together during the pandemic

The Guinness World Records museum in Niagara has closed and is auctioning off everything

The TTC is shutting down subway service on part of Line 1 this weekend