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Eglinton Crosstown LRT: Avenue
Headwall construction continues



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


In this phase of construction, crews are building the west headwalls for the future Avenue Station. Headwalls are underground support walls at the east and west ends of the station. After preparing the site, crews install these underground station headwalls before tunnel-boring machines can arrive at the area. They started working on the east headwalls in January and continue that work.

Avenue Station also includes a special turn-back track, requiring a longer underground section. The turn-back tracks let eastbound trains move to the westbound tracks and westbound trains to the eastbound tracks, in case of an emergency or problems on the line. Due to the length of the turn-back track section, the eastern headwall will be farther from the intersection of Avenue Road and Eglinton Avenue, near Lascelles Boulevard.

Building the headwalls requires the contractors to set up a grout plant nearby. The plant pumps grout, a form of concrete, to the station headwall location. For Avenue Station, they’ve located the grout plant at Highbourne Road and Eglinton Avenue West.

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Construction of the west headwall starts the first week of March and continues until summer.

Crews will set up a new work zone on Eglinton Avenue West in the south lanes at the intersection with Avenue Road. They’ll shift both east- and westbound traffic to the north lanes. They’ll separate the work zone from the right-of-way with traffic cones and concrete barriers and fencing. The work zone extends between Elmsthorpe Avenue and just east of Avenue Road.

While crews build west headwall:

  • motorists can’t turn left onto or from Eastbourne Avenue;
  • motorists can’t trun left onto or from Braemar Avenue;
  • eastbound motorists can’t turn left onto Avenue Road from Eglinton Avenue West.
  • the grout plant remains at the north end of Highbourne Road. Highbourne Road is closed to and from Eglinton West.
  • headwall construction restricts motorists to just one lane in each direction near work zones.
  • the City is prohibiting on-street parking in work zones; and
  • Avenue Road remains open to traffic during construction.

Work on the north side of Eglinton Avenue West at Lascelles Boulevard continues to block the sidewalk in front of North Toronto Memorial Community Centre. This next phase of work will also block a sidewalk on Eglinton West near the northwest corner of Avenue Road and Eglinton West and near Morley Bedford Funeral Home.

For the safety of transit riders, the TTC is relocting both east- and westbound bus stops in the area. Watch for signs and information indicating the new locations.

Expect noise and vibration.

Crews will mostly work between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week. In certain situations, they may work some late nights or early mornings to keep construction moving on schedule. The contractor will not always work during the extended hours, but may do so at its discretion.


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

  • 5 Avenue Rd;
  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 61 Avenue Rd North;
  • 142 Downtown / Avenue Rd express;
  • 307 Eglinton West overnight.

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