Clearing, Grubbing, and Pruning between Don Avon Drive to Victoria Park Avenue in Preparation for Construction of Surface Stops

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March 28, 2018

As our constructors get ready to ramp up construction activity at the surface section of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project, clearing, grubbing, and pruning and protection activity continues as part of preparatory work. This activity commenced two years ago and is done on an ongoing, as-needed basis to support the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Project (ECLRT). All works will be carried out with the approvals and cooperation of the responsible authority.

Work is anticipated to resume as early as Wednesday, March 28th with arborists/crews removing trees within the designated areas from the northeast corner of Swift Drive, Don Valley East, south-side and along Eglinton Avenue, east of the West Don Bridge. These tree removals are required to support construction of the ECLRT. All removals have been approved by the City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).  At the completion of the ECLRT, new trees will be planted along the Crosstown alignment.

Additionally, beginning as early as Monday, April 2nd, crews will move to areas around the Celestica Bridge, the East Don Bridge, and West Don Bridge. More details to follow.

What Work is Taking Place?

  • In preparation for construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, crews will be conducting clearing, grubbing and pruning activities along Eglinton Avenue East between Don Avon Drive and Victoria Park Avenue to prepare for the construction of the surface stops.
  • As part of this work, a significant number of shrubs, bushes and trees will be removed.
  • Tree protection hoarding will be placed around the trees that are being protected for the duration of the project.
  • Tree protection hoarding will also be placed around some of the trees planned to be removed until removals are carried out.
  • All works will be carried out with the approvals and cooperation prior to the start of the work.

Hours of Work

  • Work will begin as early as March 28th, 2018.
  • Periodically with maintenance throughout 2018 on an as-needed basis.
  • Work will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, with work after hours and on weekends as required.
  • Work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

What to Expect

  • Residents and businesses nearby should anticipate noise from chainsaws and wood chippers for the removal of trees.

Traffic and Pedestrian Impacts

  • Short-term lane closures may be required to complete this work. 
  • Pedestrian and property access will be maintained.
  • As always, please take care when travelling near work sites.

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For more information, please contact Phil Rodriques at the East Community Office.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work to build this important project.

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