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Eglinton Crosstown LRT -- Avenue:
Headwall construction starts

eglinton crosstown logo.pngMetrolinx contractors are working to build the future Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line.

In this phase of construction, crews will be building the headwalls for the future Avenue Station. Headwalls are underground support walls at the east and west ends of the station. After preparing the the site, crews will install these underground station headwalls before they can start to build the the twin tunnels.

Avenue Station will include special track sections, requiring long underground section. These tracks allow eastbound trains to move to the westbound tracks and westbound trains to move to the eastbound tracks in case of an emergency or problems on the line. Due to the length of the underground structure, the eastern headwall will be farther from the intersection of Avenue Road and Eglinton Avenue West, near Lascelles Boulevard.


Station headwalls create the frame for future underground stations, and must be in place before tunnel-boring machines arrive at each site. Building the headwalls requires the contractors to establish a plant nearby to pump “grout”, a form of “concrete, to the station headwall site. Crews will locate this grout plant at Highbourne Road and Eglinton Avenue West.

While building the east headwall, they’ll set up a work zone on Eglinton Avenue West between east of Oriole Parkway and east of Lascelles Boulevard. While building the west headwall, they’ll set up a work zone on Eglinton Avenue West between Elmsthorpe Avenue and east of Avenue Road.

Metrolinx expects construction of the headwalls for the future Avenue Station to continue until summer.

The work will block Highbourne Road to traffic to and from Eglinton Avenue during construction. You can’t turn left onto Avenue Road from eastbound Eglinton. You can’t turn left onto Avenue from westbound Eglinton. You can’t turn left onto and from Eastbourne Avenue.

It also reduces traffic to just one lane in each direction near the headwall construction zones. You can’t park on the street in the work zones.

Avenue Road will remain open to traffic during construction.

They’ll also set up a work zone on Eglinton Avenue West but they’ll shift the zone during various phases of construction. They’ll separate the work zone from the right-of-way with traffic cones and concrete barriers or fencing. Expect traffic delays.

Expect the work to block the sidewalks:

  • on Eglinton West near the northwest corner of Avenue and Eglinton West;
  • on the north side of Eglinton West across from Lascelles Avenue beside North Toronto Memorial Community Centre; and
  • on the south side of Eglinton West on the south side of Eglinton West at Lascelles Boulevard near Morley Bedford Funeral Home.

For the safety of transit riders, the TTC will relocate east- and westbound bus stops in the area. Watch for posted signs and future information indicating the new locations.

Expect noise and vibration.

Crews will carry out most of the work will be carried out between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week. In certain situations, contractors may require some late-night and or early-morning work 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.

During construction of the future Avenue Station, TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these routes:

  • 5 Avenue Rd;
  • 32 Eglinton West;
  • 61 Avenue Rd North;
  • 142 Downtown / Avenue Rd express; and
  • 307 Eglinton West overnight.