Crews are starting to build headwalls for the future Bathurst Station. Headwalls are underground support walls at the east and west ends of an underground station. They create the frame for the future stations, and must to be in place before tunnel-boring machines arrive at each station site. To build the headwalls, contractors must also establish a grout plant nearby to pump “grout”, a form of concrete, to the work zone. They’ve located the grout plant on Peveril Hill Road, just south of Eglinton Avenue West.
The contractors set up a new traffic pattern for construction of the headwalls in September. They expect construction to continue until winter 2015, but may reschedule or adjust timelines due to weather conditions or “unforeseen circumstances”.
The work zone extends along Eglinton Avenue West between just east of Chiltern Hill Road and Old Forest Hill Road. Traffic cones, concrete barriers and fencing will separate the work from the traffic right-of-way. Crews will install various traffic control measures and construction zones near the intersection Eglinton West with Bathurst and may shift them over the coming months, while building the two station headwalls.
Crews have set up a work site on the north end of Peveril Hill Road North for the jet grout plant. The plant will close Peverill Hill to all traffic from Eglinton Avenue West during the construction of the headwalls.
Crews will remove the east and west traffic medians at the intersection of Eglinton West with Bathurst during construction. You can still turn left at the intersection They’ll also reduce traffic to one lane in each direction between Chiltern Hill Road and Old Forest Hill Road. You can’t park on the street within the work zones.
Most pedestrian walkways will remain open; however you may encounter detours and sidewalk closures. A chain-link fence will separate pedestrians will be separated from construction.
Expect traffic delays during construction. For the safety of transit riders, the TTC will relocate east- and westbound bus stops in the area. Watch for signs directing you to the nearest available bus stop. and future information indicating the new locations.
Crews will mostly work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days a week. In certain situations, the contractors may require crews to work some late nights or early mornings to complete the work and keep construction moving.
During construction of the future Bathurst Station, TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these routes:
- 7 Bathurst;
- 32 Eglinton West;
- 307 Eglinton West overnight; and
- 310 Bathurst overnight.