Update: Cross Passage Headwall Construction near Vesta Drive - Stage 1

juillet 18, 2014

What we are building

What: A cross passage is a tunnel cut between two other parallel tunnels for maintenance or emergency purposes. Crews will be building one headwall for the future cross-passage required for future maintenance of the tunnels.

Why: Headwalls create the frame for future cross passages and/or stations, and are required to be in place prior to the arrival of tunnel boring machines along the Eglinton Crosstown route. Construction of the headwall requires a grout plant and grout lines to be established nearby to pump a form of concrete, otherwise known as “grout”, to the headwall location.

Where: The work zone will extend from approximately east of Gardiner Road to east of Mayfair Avenue along Eglinton Avenue West. The work zone will be separated from the right-of-way with traffic cones and concrete barriers and/or fencing.  Various traffic control measures and construction zones will occupy Eglinton Avenue at Vesta Drive and will shift to the other side of Eglinton over the coming months for the construction of the headwall.

When: A new traffic pattern for the construction of headwall will start as early as the second week of July 2014. At the same time, grout lines will also be installed at the edge of the road and extend from the jet grout plant at Gilgorm Road.  Construction is expected to continue to late fall of 2014. Timelines may be rescheduled or adjusted due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances. Work will take place in two stages.

Map of Eglinton and Mayfair

Traffic Details

  • Traffic lanes on Eglinton Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction, while construction is set up on the north side of Eglinton Avenue West from east of Gardiner Road to east of Mayfair Road.
  • Due to construction near the intersection of Vesta Drive and Eglinton Avenue West, left turns will be prohibited into the Forest Hill Collegiate Institute entrance. Right turns will be permitted. 
  • Right - turns onto Vesta Drive from the eastbound direction will be permitted.

Traffic delays are expected during construction. Please take care when travelling near construction areas. Pedestrian walkways will remain open. Please watch for additional signs directing pedestrians.

Transit Information

For the safety of transit riders, both eastbound and westbound TTC bus stops in the affected area will be relocated. Watch for posted signs and future information indicating the new locations.

Work Hours

The hours of work as permitted by the by-law for this contract are between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week, when required. The contractor will not always work during the extended hours, but may do so at its discretion.

Please Contact Us

If you would like more detail about this work or any other aspect of the Eglinton Crosstown project, please do not hesitate to contact us. We thank you for your continued patience as we work to build rapid transit.