Update: Emergency Exit Building Construction at Donlea Drive - Construction moves to South Side of Eglinton Avenue East

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March 31, 2015

What work is starting?

What: Currently, work is within the centre lanes of Eglinton at Donlea Drive. During the next stage of construction, work will shift to the south side of Eglinton near Donlea Drive. This work includes relocating existing utilities and building the emergency exit building structure beneath Eglinton Avenue including excavation of the stairwell shaft that will lead to the future emergency exit building. Construction of the emergency exit building will continue until 2016 as EEBs typically take up to 24 months to complete.  

The jet grout plant that has been established on Donlea Drive will remain on site to support operations to construct the emergency exit building and the future Bayview Station headwalls. 

EEB3 map April 10

When: Starting as soon as late-March 2015, the work zone will shift to the south side of Eglinton. The jet grout plant installed on Donlea Drive at Eglinton will remain for the duration of the EEB and Bayview station headwall construction. It is expected that crews will occupy the south lanes of Eglinton Avenue for the remainder of the emergency exit building construction until 2016. Some work may be rescheduled or adjusted due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances. Also, the current traffic closure at the intersection of Donlea Drive and Eglinton Avenue will remain.

Where: Lane closures will be in place from west of Bessborough Drive to west of Hanna Road for work in the south lanes of Eglinton Avenue until 2016 for the remainder of the emergency exit building construction.

Traffic Details

Traffic will be shifted to the north side of Eglinton and be reduced to one lane in each direction from west of Bessborough Drive to west of Hanna Road as construction takes place in the south lanes. 

To ensure the safety of the community and public in the vicinity of construction zone, Donlea Drive will remain temporarily closed, to and from Eglinton.  

In addition: 

  • No left turns from Bessborough Drive onto Eglinton Avenue
  • No left turns from eastbound Eglinton Avenue onto Bessborough Drive
  • Donlea Drive will remain closed at Eglinton Avenue


  • The north sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians.  
  • To ensure the safety of pedestrians in the vicinity of the construction zone on the south side, the south Eglinton sidewalk at the emergency exit building construction site will be temporarily closed.  
  1. A temporary sidewalk detour near Leaside High School, will remain in place. 
  2. Pedestrians travelling on the south sidewalk will be diverted onto the temporary sidewalk adjacent to the north side of Leaside High School and around the construction site. 
  • The Eglinton crosswalk at Leaside High School will remain in place. 
  • During the occupancy of Donlea Drive by the jet grout plant, the west-side Donlea sidewalk at the jet grout plant is closed. The east-side Donlea sidewalk at the jet grout plant is open.

Transit Information

For the safety of transit riders, both eastbound and westbound TTC bus stops in the affected area will be relocated. Watch for additional signs directing pedestrians.

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. The contractor will not always work during the extended hours, but may do so at its discretion.

Please Contact Us

If you would like more detail 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.