Update: Emergency Exit Building Construction near Petman Avenue - Utility Relocation Work Moves to North Side of Eglinton Avenue East

mai 25, 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: Following utility relocation work on the south side of Eglinton at Petman, crews will be relocating underground and overhead utilities on the north side of the Eglinton Avenue East roadway in the vicinity of Petman Avenue.

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: Starting as soon as early June 2015, crews will occupy three lanes on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East for several weeks in the area west of Cardiff Road to Falcon Street, to relocate utilities in advance of the emergency exit building construction. Some work may be rescheduled or adjusted due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.  

Where: Construction will 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.  

Traffic Details

  • Traffic will be 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 the south of Eglinton Avenue East will remain open.
  • Left turns from Petman Avenue and from Marmot Street onto westbound Eglinton will be prohibited.
  • Left turns from Cardiff Road onto eastbound Eglinton will be prohibited.
  • Left turns from westbound Eglinton onto Petman Avenue and onto Marmot Street will be prohibited.
  • On-street parking will be restricted along Eglinton within the construction zone.

Petman sidewalk closure May 2015

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. 

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.  

Pedestrian Information

To ensure the safety of pedestrians, there will be no through pedestrian traffic the sidewalk on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East between Cardiff Road and Forman Avenue. Pedestrians will be temporarily diverted to the sidewalk on the south side of Eglinton Avenue East, and cross at the street at Banff Road and Falcon Street. For safety reason, pedestrians will be separated from construction with a chain link fence. Access to stores along Eglinton Avenue East will be maintained.

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.

Transforming transit across the middle of Toronto will involve significant road works. Construction will be visible along the corridor and on some side streets. There will be short-term local street closures and turning restrictions to allow for the construction to take place. Metrolinx, City of Toronto staff and your elected officials are working closely together to monitor and make adjustments to the local road configurations, work zones and other day to day items such as signage and temporary adjustments.

Please support your local businesses during construction.