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Eglinton Crosstown LRT: Laird
Headwall construction continues

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

During the current stage of construction, crews are building the west headwall on the south side of Eglinton Avenue East for the future Laird Station before they can start building the tunnel. In the next stage of construction, crews will build the west headwall on the north side of Eglinton.

Headwalls are underground support walls at the east and west ends of each station site. They create the frame for future underground stations and must be in place before the tunnel-boring machines arrive at each station. Building the headwalls requires the contractors to set up a jet grout plant near the work site to pump “grout”, a form of concrete, to the station headwall location.


Crews will start building the west headwall construction on the north side of Eglinton in mid-February, 2015. This stage of construction continues for about three months or until May 22.

The jet grout plant on the east side of Sutherland Drive just north of Eglinton will remain throughout construction of the west headwall. Crews have installed a fence to enclose and separate the site from the public roadway.

During the second stage of construction, crews will set up a work zone on the northeast side of Eglinton Avenue East at Sutherland Drive. They’ll also separate all work zones from the right-of-way with traffic cones, concrete barriers and fencing.

They’re restricting traffic on Eglinton East to just one lane in each direction east and west of Sutherland. A concrete barrier separates traffic from construction with a concrete barrier. During this second stage of construction, they’ll also shift traffic to the south side of Eglinton. A single lane of traffic in each direction will remain open on the south side of Eglinton.

West- and eastbound motorists cannot turn left from Eglinton to Sutherland. The work site blocks northbound traffic on Sutherland from crossing through the intersection. Northbound motorists on Sutherland must exit onto Eglinton. The work does not affect southbound traffic.

The City of Toronto has restricted on-street parking along Eglinton Avenue East within the construction zone. Expect traffic delays, noise and vibration.

All sidewalks on Eglinton and Sutherland remain open. Access to all businesses also remain open during construction.

For the safety of transit riders, the TTC will relocate stops for west- and eastbound buses in the area. Watch for signs directing passengers to the nearest available bus stop.

Crews will mostly work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days a week. In certain situations, some late-night or early-morning works take place to complete the work and keep construction moving.

During Crosstown construction of the future Laird Station, TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these

  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 51 Leslie;
  • 54 Lawrence East;
  • 56 Leslie;
  • 100 Flemingdon Park;
  • 305 Eglinton East overnight; and
  • 354 Lawrence East overnight.


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