Temporary Closure of Holly Street at Eglinton Avenue East

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February 24, 2016

What we are building

What: Holly Street will be temporarily closed, due to continued work on the construction of the extraction shaft located on the south side of Eglinton Avenue East, east of Yonge Street. This work will involve daylighting and relocating utilities. Depending on site conditions, gas, hydro, water mains, sewers, traffic and street lighting, as well as telephone lines, will be relocated to allow for heavy civil construction.  

Why: The extraction shaft is required to be completed in advance of receiving the two TBMs (Don and Humber), which are currently tunnelling westward from their start-point, just east of Brentcliffe Road.  

When the TBMs arrive at the extraction shaft after they have finished mining the tunnels, they will be removed from beneath the surface.

When: Holly Street from Eglinton Avenue East to approximately 30 metres south of Eglinton will be temporarily closed on Thursday, February 25, 2016 and Friday, February 26, 2016 – from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days.  After 5:00 p.m. each day, Holly Street will be reverted back to its current traffic setup of - southbound only on Holly Street from eastbound Eglinton Avenue East.  Timelines may be rescheduled or adjusted due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Where: During this temporary stage of construction, there will be no access to/from Holly Street at Eglinton Avenue East. Access to southbound Holly from eastbound Eglinton will resume at the end of each work day.

Traffic Details: 

  • The Holly Street Green P parking garage and nearby laneway entrance (which runs parallel to Eglinton, between Holly Street and Dunfield Avenue), will remain open.
  • Holly Street will be closed at Eglinton Avenue East from approximately 30 metres south of Eglinton Avenue East.
  • Access to 55 Eglinton Avenue East from Eglinton Avenue East will be prohibited during this stage of construction. Vehicles can access/egress 55 Eglinton Avenue East from the nearby laneway, located just south of Eglinton which can be accessed from Holly Street and/or Dunfield Avenue.
  • On-street parking will be prohibited along the north and south of Eglinton Avenue East in this construction zone.

Traffic patterns in the area will continue to change and shift during different stages of the work. All work zones will be separated from the right-of-way with traffic cones, concrete barriers and/or fencing. Traffic delays are expected during construction. Please watch the traffic signs and take care when travelling near construction areas. 

Pedestrian Information

  • To ensure the safety of pedestrians, the south Eglinton Avenue sidewalk between Holly Street and Dunfield Avenue will be temporarily closed to through-pedestrian traffic. 
  • Access to stores along Eglinton Avenue East will be maintained going west from Dunfield Avenue.  
  • Pedestrians will be temporarily diverted to the sidewalk on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East, and will be directed to cross at Yonge Street and Dunfield Avenue.
  • Please watch for additional signs directing pedestrians and take care when travelling near construction areas.
  • To ensure safety, pedestrians continue to be separated from construction with a mix of concrete barriers and chain-link fence.

Noise and Vibration

Noise and vibration associated with construction can be expected with this work. 

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 Nicole DiCarlo at (416) 482-7411. We thank you for your continued patience as we work to build rapid transit.

The Eglinton Crosstown is a 19-kilometre light rail transit (LRT) line that will run along Eglinton Avenue through the heart of Toronto, with an underground central section. The line will connect Mount Dennis in the west to Kennedy Road in the east, and the new service will be up to 60% faster than the bus service today.


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