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Eglinton Crosstown LRT

Emergency Exit Building Construction Continued Closure of Donlea Drive at Eglinton Avenue East – Phase 2

October 29, 2014

Emergency exit buildings (EEBs) are used to evacuate passengers from tunnels in the event of an emergency at track level during operation. An EEB is being built close to Donlea Drive.

What work is starting?

What:  Work will shift to the centre and then the south side of Eglinton near Donlea Drive. This work includes relocating underground utilities and piling work beneath the Eglinton Avenue roadway and in the vicinity. Also, a grout plant will be established on Donlea Drive, to pump cement grout, to help build the headwalls for the future Bayview station.

Why:  Headwalls are required to be in place prior to the arrival of tunnel boring machines. The excavation of the stairwell shaft as part of the emergency exit structure will also begin. Construction of the support walls requires utilities to be moved safely out of the way before work begins.

Donlea construction phase 2

When:  Starting as early as late October, crews will occupy the centre lanes of Eglinton Avenue for approximately one month. Following this, starting in November, crews will occupy the south side of Eglinton Avenue for approximately 8-10 months. Also, a jet grout plant will be installed on Donlea Drive at Eglinton for the duration of the Bayview station headwall construction. Donlea Drive will be closed to and from Eglinton until approximately fall 2015. Some work may be rescheduled or adjusted due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances. [click to continue…]

Eglinton Crosstown LRT

Crosstown Construction Update

September 25, 2014

Latest News

The Eglinton Crosstown is a light rail transit (LRT) line that will run across Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis (Weston Road) and Kennedy Station. This 19-kilometre corridor will include a 10-kilometre underground portion, between Keele Street and Laird Drive. It will provide a rapid and reliable service that will be up to 60% faster than bus service today, when it is completed in 2020.

Open House Update Meetings

On September 9, 10 and 15, over 200 attendees attended our public open house meetings held at the Holy Blossom Temple, Leaside Memorial Community Gardens and the Unity Church of Truth. If you weren’t able to attend one of our open houses, you can find links to presentations for both the east and west construction work.  [click to continue…]

Eglinton Crosstown LRT

Crosstown Construction Update

September 22, 2014

Overnight Lane Reduction to a Single Lane between Brentcliffe Road and Leslie Street (Updated)

Starting September 28, 2014, 11 p.m.

The Eglinton Crosstown is a 19-kilometre light rail transit (LRT) line that will run along Eglinton Avenue through the heart of Toronto, with an underground central section. The line will connect Mount Dennis in the west to Kennedy Road in the east, and the new service will be up to 60% faster than the bus service today.

What/Where: Crews will be working on utility construction and relocation between Brentcliffe Road and Leslie Street.

Why: Construction at the east Eglinton Crosstown launch site is now underway to prepare for the delivery of tunnel boring machines. The site will remain a construction zone for multiple years through various stages of the project. Walls of the launch shaft are required to be in place and the shaft excavated prior to the arrival of tunnel boring machines. Construction of the walls requires utilities to be moved safely out of the way before work begins. Overhead hydro wires need to be relocated in this location. [click to continue…]

Eglinton Crosstown LRT

Eglinton Crosstown construction update June 18, 2014

Launch Shaft Construction East of Brentcliffe Road Stage 2 - Road Work

The Eglinton Crosstown is a 19 kilometre light rail transit (LRT) line that will run along Eglinton Avenue through the heart of Toronto, with an underground central section. The line will connect Mount Dennis in the west to Kennedy Road in the east, and the new service will be up to 60% faster than bus service today.

What we are building?

What: A massive shaft will be excavated to prepare the area to launch tunnel boring machines (TBMs). The site will remain a construction zone for the next few years as we work through several stages of the project. Launch shafts are deep excavations that provide access points for TBMs. The two TBMs will begin tunnelling at the launch shaft east of Brentcliffe Road and work their way west towards Yonge Street. Very large equipment such as cranes, drill rigs, construction fencing, concrete barriers, etc. will be visible in the vicinity of launch shaft site.

Where: Crews will be relocating a portion of Eglinton Avenue East between Brentcliffe Road to west of Leslie Street to accommodate construction staging while rerouting traffic during construction around the excavation of a launch shaft. Pylons will be used to separate the work zone safely from traffic.

When: Starting as early as the week of June 23, 2014 for approximately three weeks. Timelines may be adjusted due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Traffic Details

During road work:

  • Crews will be working on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction along Eglinton Avenue East between Brentcliffe Road to west of Leslie Street.

The pedestrian walkway on the north side will be closed during construction. Pedestrians will be able to use a temporary sidewalk on the south side. [click to continue…]

Eglinton Crosstown LRT

Eglinton Crosstown update – work starts soon in Leaside

Construction on the Eglinton Crosstown (LRT) tunnel in the Leaside area is due to start any day now. They’re already moving Hydro poles on the north side of Eglinton east of Laird. From the Metrolinx site:

What work is starting? 

What: Crews will be relocating a watermain for the construction of the east headwall for the future Laird Station. Headwalls are underground support walls located at the east and west ends of the future station location. Following the relocation of the watermain, crews will be installing the east underground station headwall in advance of the twin tunnel construction.

Why: These station headwalls are required to be in place prior to the arrival of tunnel boring machines at each of the station locations along the Eglinton Crosstown route. As a terminus station Laird will include special track sections requiring an elongated underground section. Construction of the headwalls requires the utilities to be moved safely out of the way.

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Laird headwall & tunnel construction area (click to enlarge)

Where: The work zone will extend approximately from Brentcliffe Road to Laird Drive along Eglinton Avenue East. Construction will take place in two stages. The work zone will be located on the south side of Eglinton Avenue East during stage one and shift to the north side of Eglinton Avenue East during stage two. Barrier with chain link fence will be used to separate the work zone from traffic. Depending on the work schedule, work may commence on the north side to advance watermain relocation prior to installing the east headwall.

When: Construction will start in early spring 2014 (as early as the 4th week of March). Crews will occupy the roadway to relocate the watermain utility and install the Laird Station east headwall. Some work may be rescheduled due to weather or other restrictions.

Traffic Details 

Traffic lanes will be reduced from west of Brentcliffe Road to east of Laird Drive along Eglinton Avenue East. Bus lanes will be accommodated where possible.

More info: http://www.thecrosstown.ca/news-media/whats-new/laird-station-east-headwall-construction-water-main-relocation-for-twin-tunnels