Eglinton Crosstown construction update June 18, 2014

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.

After the road work is completed and during the construction of launch shaft:

  • Crews will begin to excavate the launch shaft on the south side of Eglinton.
  • Traffic lanes will be shifted to the north side between Brentcliffe Road to west of Leslie Street. Traffic will continue to be one lane in each direction along Eglinton.
  • The pedestrian walkway on the south side will be closed. Pedestrians will be able to use the new sidewalk on the north side.

On-street parking on the north and south side of Eglinton Avenue in this area will not be permitted.

Traffic delays are expected during construction. Please take care when travelling near construction areas. Please watch for additional signs directing pedestrians and vehicles.

Construction Vehicle Access

Construction vehicles will be accessing and exiting the work zone. Paid duty officers or flag persons may be used when required to assist with traffic control.

Work Hours

The hours of work as permitted by the City by-law are between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week, when required. Some overnight work may be required. Underground tunnelling and associated work may continue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Please Contact Us

If you would like more detail about this work or any other aspect of the Eglinton Crosstown project, please do not hesitate to contact us. We thank you for your continued patience as we work to build rapid transit.

Crosstown Community Office: 1848 Eglinton Avenue West, 416-782-8118,