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Eglinton Crosstown LRT - O'Connor:
Guideway construction starting November 24



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Metrolinx contractors continue building the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line between Mount Dennis and Kennedy.


As part of construction of the future surface alignment for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT near the future O’Connor stop, crews are are working

  • on Eglinton Avenue East, centre lanes, between Pharmacy and Victoria Park Avenue,

starting Friday, November 23. This phase of the project to build the “guideway” — the dedicated transit lane — in the center of Eglinton East includes:

  • cutting and removing asphalt;
  • excavating;
  • installing “subgrade materials” (materials such as gravel or sand that lie under the final track surface),
  • installing duct banks, and
  • installing track drainage, the track slab and the stop platforms.

Pylons and other safety barriers protect the crews from traffic inside the centre-road work zone.

Crews work on this phase of the project in stages. During stage 1 of this phase, they block most access to Eglinton Square. During stage 2, they’ll block access to Eglinton Square just from eastbound Eglinton Avenue East. During stage 3, Eglinton Square is again open to all traffic.

Guideway construction between Pharmacy and Victoria Park Avenues and the resulting TTC detours and delays continue “until early 2019” or until March 31, 2019.


Stage 1

Crews work Friday, November 23 only from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. They’re completing work to pave and rebuild the roadway and intersection that started earlier in November.

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For transit passengers

  • The TTC is detouring buses along the 70A O’Connor route, but has not announced detour information.
  • The TTC may also temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zone.
  • Passengers aboard buses along these routes can expect delays:
  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 70A O’Connor;
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight.

For pedestrians:

  • The south sidewalk on Eglinton Avenue East between Pharmacy and Victoria Park is closed.
  • The north-south crosswalk on Eglinton Avenue East at Eglinton Square is closed. You must use the crosswalks on Eglinton Avenue East at either Pharmacy or Victoria Park to cross Eglinton Avenue East.

For motorists:

  • The work zone blocks Eglinton Square to all traffic, except for a single lane to the mall on the south side (also called Eglinton Square).
  • The work zones block two traffic lanes on the south side of Eglinton Avenue East and one lane on the north side.
  • The work zones restrict east-west through traffic to just one lane in each direction on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East between Pharmacy and Victoria Park.
  • Left-turn lanes remain open for westbound traffic on Eglinton Avenue East to turn southbound onto Victoria Park and for eastbound traffic on Eglinton East to turn northbound on Pharmacy.
  • Access to the mall property on the south side of Eglinton Avenue East will be available through the work zone.

Stage 2

Crews start building the guideway. They work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. every day, starting “as early as” Saturday, November 24.

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For transit passengers

  • The TTC is detouring buses along the 70A O’Connor route, but has not announced detour information.
  • The TTC may also temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zone.
  • Passengers aboard buses along these routes can expect delays:
  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 70A O’Connor;
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight.

For pedestrians:

  • The south sidewalk on Eglinton Avenue East between Pharmacy and Victoria Park is open again.
  • The north-south crosswalk on Eglinton Avenue East at Eglinton Square is closed. You must use the crosswalks on Eglinton Avenue East at either Pharmacy or Victoria Park to cross Eglinton Avenue East.

For motorists:

  • The work zone blocks two traffic lanes in the centre of Eglinton Avenue East.
  • The work zone is continuous between Pharmacy and Victoria Park.
  • Eglinton Square is open to traffic, but eastbound traffic on Eglinton Avenue East cannot turn left onto Eglinton Square.
  • The work zones restrict east-west through traffic to just one lane in each direction on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East between Pharmacy and Victoria Park.
  • Left-turn lanes remain open for westbound traffic on Eglinton Avenue East to turn southbound onto Victoria Park and for eastbound traffic on Eglinton East to turn northbound on Pharmacy.
  • The centre lanes are open to traffic east of Pharmacy.

Stage 3

Crews continue building the guideway. They work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. every day “until early 2019”.

2018 - 11-24 -OConnor - Guideway work from Victoria Park to Pharmacy - Stage 3.png


For transit passengers

  • The TTC may temporarily relocate bus stops near the work zone.
  • Passengers aboard buses along these routes can expect delays:
  • 34 Eglinton East;
  • 70A O’Connor;
  • 334 Eglinton East overnight.

For pedestrians:

  • The south sidewalk on Eglinton Avenue East between Pharmacy and Victoria Park remains open.
  • The north-south crosswalk on Eglinton Avenue East at Eglinton Square is open again.

For motorists:

  • The work zone blocks two traffic lanes in the centre of Eglinton Avenue East.
  • The work zone is no longer continuous between Pharmacy and Victoria Park — the centre lanes are open to traffic at the intersection with Eglinton Square.
  • Eglinton Square is open to traffic.
  • The work zones restrict east-west through traffic to just one lane in each direction on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East between Pharmacy and Victoria Park.
  • Left-turn lanes remain open for westbound traffic on Eglinton Avenue East to turn southbound onto Eglinton Square and for eastbound traffic on Eglinton East to turn northbound on Pharmacy.
  • A left-turn lane is no longer available for westbound traffic on Eglinton Avenue East to turn southbound onto Victoria Park.
  • Southbound traffic from Golden Mile Plaza may not flow onto Eglinton Square.
  • The centre lanes are open to traffic east of Pharmacy.
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