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Chester Station second-exit project: Soil assessment starts February 8

Update — Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 10:46 p.m.: The TTC opened the elevators at Chester Station to passengers today.

The TTC continues to improve its subway stations by building second exits at stations without one. Second exits improve the safety of passengers by providing an extra way out of the station in the event of an emergency.

After consulting with residents of the neighbourhood, the TTC has determined that it will build the second exit from Chester Station in the northwest corner of the Toronto Parking Authority (“Green P”) parking lot at 29 Chester Avenue, across the street from the station.

Starting Monday, February 8, as the first stage in the project, crews are assessing the soil conditions for the future second-exit structure in the lot.

They’ll cut, drill and core to obtain soil samples. The information they gain from samples will inform the design of the structure.

The crews generally work Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. They’ll work in three different sites, blocking access to six to ten parking spots at each site. However, motorists can continue to park elsewhere in the lot.

This stage of the project continues until March 8.

The TTC has been working to replace a pump at the station since mid-January.