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Eglinton Crosstown LRT -- Bathurst:
Headwall construction continues

Update — Friday, March 6, 11:52 a.m.: Crews are establishing the new traffic pattern in March, instead of in February, as Metrolinx previously announced.

eglinton crosstown logo.pngMetrolinx contractors are working to build the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line.

Crews recently started to build headwalls for the future Bathurst Station. Headwalls are underground support walls at the east and west ends of an underground station. They create the frame for the future stations and must to be in place before tunnel-boring machines arrive at each station site. To build the headwalls, contractors must also establish a grout plant nearby to pump “grout”, a form of concrete, to the work zone.

The contractors set up a new traffic pattern for construction of the headwalls in September. Starting this month, they’ll revise the traffic pattern. They expect construction to continue until spring, but may reschedule or adjust timelines due to weather conditions or “unforeseen circumstances”.

They’ll shift the current work zone on the north side of Eglinton Avenue West west of Bathurst Street to the south side of Eglinton West. Traffic cones, concrete barriers or fencing will separate the construction zone from the right-of-way. Crews will also set up various traffic-control measures and construction zones near the intersection of Eglinton West with Bathurst Street. They’ll also shift the construction zone over the next few months as they build the two station headwalls.

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Crews have set up a work site on the north end of Peveril Hill Road North for the jet grout plant. The plant will block Peverill Hill to all traffic from Eglinton West during construction of the headwalls.

Crews have removed the east and west traffic medians at the intersection of Eglinton West with Bathurst during construction. You can still turn left at the intersection. They’re also shifting traffic lanes to the north side of Eglinton West west of Bathurst. They’ve reduced traffic to just one lane in each direction between Chiltern Hill Road and Old Forest Hill Road. You can’t park on the street within the work zones and you can’t turn left onto Chiltern Hill from Eglinton.

Most pedestrian walkways will remain open; however you may encounter detours and sidewalk closures. A chain-link fence will separate pedestrians will be separated from construction.

Expect traffic delays during construction. For the safety of transit riders, the TTC will relocate east- and westbound bus stops in the area. Watch for signs directing you to the nearest available bus stop. and future information indicating the new locations.

Crews will mostly work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days a week. In certain situations, the contractors may require crews to work some late nights or early mornings to complete the work and keep construction moving.

During construction of the future Bathurst Station, TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these routes:

  • 7 Bathurst;
  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 307 Eglinton West overnight; and
  • 310 Bathurst overnight.