Update: Hydro Utility Relocations for Science Centre Station: Pedestrian Crosswalk Closure and TTC Bus Detour

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November 16, 2016

What Work is Taking Place?

In mid-November crews began to set-up work zones within the roadway at both the northwest and southwest corners of Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East as crews continue to relocate existing utilities at the intersection. Work began on relocating hydro utilities and work continues on relocating telecommunication lines within man holes as well within pre-existing duct banks in preparation for station construction. 

Map showing work zones locations within the roadway and pedestrian movement restrictions


  • Work began mid-November 2016 and will continue for approximately six (6) weeks. 
  • Most work will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Some work will occur during extended hours to 11:00 p.m. Limited overnight works are also expected. 
  • Updates on works taking place during extended or overnight periods will be communicated separately.  
  • Work is subject to permits and all relevant approvals, and may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

What to Expect

  • Work zones set-up within the roadway at the northwest and southwest corners of Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East. 
  • Nearby businesses and residents can expect noise from excavators, bobcats, trucks and other construction equipment caused by utilities relocation activity.
  • For safety purposes, fencing and concrete traffic control barriers will be erected around the work zones.

Traffic Impacts

  • Lane reductions are required on Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East to complete this work. A minimum of two lanes of traffic will be maintained in all directions with designated left-turn lanes.
  • Right turns from southbound Don Mills Road to westbound Eglinton Avenue East will be prohibited for all vehicles, including TTC buses. Signage will be placed on Don Mills Road to advise motorists of restrictions. 
  • As always, please take care when travelling near work sites.

Pedestrian Impacts

  • The west-to-east crosswalk on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East and Don Mills Road will be closed.
  • Existing sidewalk detours and closures remain in effect during this stage of work. 
  • Pedestrian detours will be clearly marked with signage directing pedestrians to the alternate routes.

TTC Impacts

Showing the TTC Bus Route #354 (Lawrence East) overnight bus detour route

  • TTC Bus Route #354 (Lawrence East) overnight bus will detour at Wynford Drive where it will travel east to Gervais Drive, travel south on Gervais Drive to travel west on Eglinton Avenue East to resume the regular route (refer to map above). 
  • TTC bus stops in the affected area may be relocated for the safety of transit riders. Please watch for posted signs indicating the adjusted locations.
  • Relocation and re-routing of bus stops is done in consultation between TTC and Metrolinx to ensure construction can continue safely while minimizing impact on the community and customers. Please watch for posted notices indicating new information

For more information, please contact Heather Glicksman at the East Community Office.

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