Continuing Preparatory Works for the Future Keelesdale Station

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January 28, 2016

Since December 2015, crews have been conducting preparatory activities along Eglinton Avenue West in the vicinity of the future Keelesdale (formerly Keele) Station to prepare for the next phase of construction of the Eglinton Crosstown. Work will continue through winter 2015/2016 in advance of the construction of the Keelesdale Station, which will begin in spring 2016.

What work is starting and where? 

1. Demolition Work

  • Starting as early as February 3, a demolition crew will begin to demolish five commercial and one residential building located at 2660, 2615, 2641 and 2643 Eglinton Avenue West; 111 Yore Road; and 1858 Keele Street.
  • The buildings are being demolished to make room for Keelesdale Station.
  • To protect the public, the sites where the buildings once stood will be fenced-off temporarily.
  • Residents and businesses near the demolition site can expect to hear noise caused by the demolition trucks, excavators, backhoes, and other construction equipment.

Map of Keele and Eglinton

Traffic Impacts

  • Slight traffic impacts may be expected including lane closures at Eglinton Avenue West and Yarrow Road. 
  • Temporary parking and sidewalk restrictions may be in place.
  • A paid-duty officer (PDO) may be in place at intersections to provide traffic control assistance.


  • Demolition is expected to begin February 3, 2016, and will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The work is expected to take up to four weeks.

2. Uncovering underground utilities (“daylighting”)

  • A crew will use a hydro vac to uncover and expose underground utilities to daylight in the vicinity of the future Keelesdale Station.
  • This type of investigation is called “daylighting” and it is used to improve project safety, increase productivity during construction, and lower project costs.
  • Crews will be seen working on Eglinton Avenue West from Yarrow Road to east of Keele Street. 
  • Most of the work will take place south of Eglinton Avenue West and some will be on the northeast corner at Trethewey Drive and Eglinton Avenue West.


  • “Daylighting” work will take place in late January and is expected to take 2-4 weeks to complete. 
  • Activities will occur between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

3. Monitoring of Properties and Infrastructure

  • In December 2015, we distributed letters to residents living near the construction zone to notify you that a company named dBA, on behalf of Crosslinx, would be surveying properties close to the construction zone to benchmark their existing condition. 
  • With the property owner’s permission, Crosslinx will now be placing building monitoring points on buildings to monitor construction impacts to the buildings. 
  • In addition, a crew will be drilling into Eglinton Avenue West between Yarrow Road and Keele Street and on Keele Streeet/Trethewey Drive to install additional groundwater and soil monitoring points. 


  • This work will begin in February and will continue through to the start of station construction.

Traffic Impacts

  • The monitoring installation work will take place on the roadway and will have traffic impacts to Eglinton Avenue and Keele Street/Trethewey Drive in the vicinity of the future Keelesdale Station. Work will generally be undertaken in off-peak hours.

Please Contact Us

For more information about preparatory works, please contact: 

Lancefield Morgan