Shoring and Excavation Work for Avenue Station Spring 2016-Spring 2017

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May 10, 2016

 Information as of May 5, 2016


What is the Crosstown?

The Eglinton Crosstown is a 19-kilometre light rail transit (LRT) line that will run along Eglinton Avenue through the heart of Toronto, with an underground central section. The line will connect Mount Dennis in the west to Kennedy Road in the east, and the new service will be up to 60% faster than the bus service today.  

Shoring and Excavation Work for Avenue Station

Spring 2016-Spring 2017 

What Work is Taking Place?

Starting in mid-May, crews will be setting up the staging areas at the main and secondary entrance sites for the future Avenue Station.  Shoring is a common step in the process of installing the foundation of a building. In the first stage, crews will install steel piles, braces and tie-backs around the sides of the future entrances to support the excavation of these buildings to a depth of 32m at the main entrance and 24m at the secondary entrance. This will support the surrounding loads until the underground levels are constructed.  This stage will take approximately 12 months.

What to Expect

  • Construction staging has been designed to reduce impacts to the neighbourhood as best as possible while allowing crews to complete the work safely.
  • Future stages of the work at Avenue Station will be mined.  This will significantly reduce the potential impact to the roadway and allow crews to work under the roadway.
  • Residents near the work site can expect to hear trucks, excavators, backhoes, a pile drill and other construction equipment.
  • There will be heavy truck traffic at times entering and exiting the station entrances.
  • In addition to the construction activities, residents can expect to see material storage and equipment movement in the designated work zone.

Site map of Avenue Shoring


Hours of Work:

  •  The work is permitted between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., 7 days a week.
  • The contractor will not always work during the extended hours, but may do so at its discretion.
  • Occasional overnight work may be required.  Metrolinx and CTS will notify the public in advance and monitor activities throughout.

Traffic Details 

  • One westbound lane on Eglinton Avenue West from Braemar Avenue to Oriole Parkway will be closed to accommodate the work (upwards of 40 months beginning in May 2016.)
  • In addition to existing turning restrictions, the eastbound to northbound left turn from Eglinton Avenue will be restricted.
  • During peak hours, travel times may be affected. Be sure to allow extra time for trips.

Pedestrian Impacts

West of Avenue Road

  • The sidewalk on the northwest corner of Eglinton Avenue West and Avenue Road will be closed to pedestrians from Avenue Road westward.
  • Access to businesses will be facilitated by a temporary pedestrian crossing just west of Braemar.
  • The pedestrian crossing on the west side of Avenue Road to cross Eglinton Avenue West will be closed.


East of Avenue Road

  • Pedestrian access to shops and businesses along the north side of Eglinton Avenue will remain open. 
  • The sidewalk immediately in front of the secondary entrance site will be closed.


Please make your way to the nearest traffic signal (at Avenue Road or at Oriole Parkway) to continue your journey.


  • Some on-street parking will be removed along Eglinton Avenue West. Parking will be replaced by extending on-street parking on neighbouring streets from 1 hour to 3 hours and by identifying available parking locations of local and Green P parking lots.


TTC Details

  • Bus stops for Route #32 Eglinton West and Route #142 Downtown/Avenue Rd Express will be relocated. Please look for signs informing passengers of the new stop locations.


Thank you for your patience as we work to build this important project. 


Please support your local businesses during construction.