Update: Emergency Exit Building Construction near Petman Avenue

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September 15, 2015

Emergency exit buildings (EEBs) are built in between stations when station platforms are more than approximately 760 metres apart to allow for easy evacuation of passengers. The construction of an EEB includes the building of an evacuation pathway, a set of stairs from the tunnel to ground level, and a small building the surface. The scale of construction is similar to building a small-scale underground station. Generally, it takes up to 24 months to complete construction at each EEB.

What work is starting?

What: As piling construction work continues on the north lanes of Eglinton at Petman, crews will simultaneously be relocating overhead utilities on the east and west side of Petman Avenue just south of Eglinton Avenue East.    

Why: Headwalls are required to be in place prior to the arrival of tunnel boring machines at each of the station and emergency exit building locations. Construction of emergency exit buildings requires utilities to be moved safely out of the way before work begins. Depending on site conditions, gas, hydro, water mains, sewers, traffic and street lighting, as well as telephone lines, will be relocated to allow for construction.

When: Crews will continue to occupy three lanes on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East in the area west of Cardiff Road to Forman Avenue for several months, to install secant piles with a larger drill rig machine.  

Starting as early as the week of September 14 for approximately one week, crews will also be on site to relocate overhead hydro wires. This work will take place on Petman Avenue just south of Eglinton Avenue East. Some work may be rescheduled or adjusted due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.  

Where: Construction will continue to be in place on Eglinton Avenue East, from approximately west of Cardiff Road to Falcon Street for several months to relocate utilities and to construct the emergency exit building. At the same time, crews will temporarily occupy the Petman Avenue just south of Eglinton Avenue East.

Petman update Sept 2015

Traffic Details

South Side Overhead Utility Work

During daytime hours, crews will occupy one lane of Petman Avenue at a time just south of Eglinton Avenue East to perform overhead utility relocation work.  The other lane will always remain open to one lane of traffic.  After work hours, the Petman roadway at Eglinton will be re-opened. 

Work on Northbound Petman Lane

  • While crews work on the northbound Petman lane at Eglinton Avenue East, northbound traffic will be closed at Eglinton Avenue East.
  • Southbound Petman traffic will remain open to eastbound Eglinton traffic.
  • Left turns from westbound Eglinton onto Petman Avenue will be prohibited.

Work on Southbound Petman Lane

  • While crews work on the southbound Petman lane at Eglinton Avenue East, the lane will be closed from Eglinton Avenue.
  • Northbound Petman traffic will be able to exit onto eastbound Eglinton.
  • Left turns from northbound Petman to westbound Eglinton will be prohibited.

All driveways and sidewalks will remain open. On-street parking will be restricted along Eglinton Avenue East within the construction zone.

North Side Work

Crews will continue to occupy the three north lanes of Eglinton Avenue East for several months in the area west of Cardiff Road to Falcon Street.

  • Traffic will remain shifted to the south side of Eglinton Avenue East and reduced to one lane in each direction near Petman Avenue from west of Cardiff Road to Falcon Street.
  • Petman Avenue at Eglinton Avenue East will remain open after business hours.
  • Left turns from Petman Avenue and from Marmot Street onto westbound Eglinton will remain prohibited.
  • Left turns from westbound Eglinton onto Petman Avenue and onto Marmot Street will remain prohibited.
  • On-street parking is restricted along Eglinton within the construction zone.

Traffic patterns in the area will continue to change and shift during different stages of 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, there will continue to be no through pedestrian traffic on the north Eglinton sidewalk at Petman Avenue at 440 Eglinton Avenue East. 
  • For several days during work hours, there will be no through pedestrian traffic on the south Eglinton sidewalk at Petman Avenue. Pedestrians will be diverted by appropriate signage. The south Eglinton sidewalk will re-open after work hours.  
  • For safety reason, pedestrians will be separated from construction with a chain link fence. Access to stores along Eglinton Avenue East will be maintained.

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

Most of the work will be carried out between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week. In certain situations, some late night and/or early morning works may be required to complete the work and keep construction moving. The contractor will not always work during the extended hours, but may do so at its discretion.

Noise and Vibration

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

Please Contact Us

If you would like more details 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.

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