Update: Laird West Headwall Construction on North side of Eglinton

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February 4, 2015

What phase of work is starting in the vicinity of Sutherland Drive?

What: During the current stage of construction, crews are building the Laird west headwall on the south side of Eglinton for the future Laird Station in advance of tunnel construction. In the next stage of construction, crews will build the Laird west headwall on the north side of Eglinton for the future Laird Station in advance of tunnel construction. Headwalls are underground support walls located at the east and west ends of the station location.

Map - Laird West Feb 2015

Why: Station headwalls create the frame for future underground stations, and are required to be in place prior to the arrival of tunnel boring machines at each of station location along the Eglinton Crosstown route. Construction of the headwalls requires a jet grout plant to be established nearby to pump a form of concrete, otherwise known as “grout”, to the station headwall location.

When: Laird west headwall construction on the north side of Eglinton is expected to commence in mid-February, 2015. This stage of construction is expected to last approximately two to three months.

The jet grout plant which is currently in place on the east side of Sutherland (just north of Eglinton), will remain in this location for the duration of Laird west headwall construction. Construction will include daylighting for utilities (such as hydro and telecommunications). Some work may be rescheduled or adjusted due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Where: In order to minimize road occupancy on Eglinton Avenue East, the jet grout plant is located on the roadway at the northeast corner of Sutherland Drive and Eglinton Avenue East. A fence has been installed to enclose and separate the site from the public roadway. The grout plant will be at this location for the duration of Laird west headwall construction.

Second Stage – North Headwall Construction

During the second stage of construction, a work zone will be setup on the northeast side of Eglinton Avenue East and Sutherland Drive. All work zones will be separated from the right-of-way with traffic cones and concrete barriers with fencing.

Traffic Details

  • Traffic will be gradually reduced to one lane in each direction from east and west of Sutherland Drive on Eglinton Avenue East. Traffic will be separated from construction with a concrete barrier.
  • During the second stage, traffic will be shifted to the south side of Eglinton Avenue East for north headwall construction. A single lane of traffic in each direction will remain open on the south side of Eglinton.
  • Left turns from Eglinton Avenue East to Sutherland Drive, for eastbound and westbound traffic are prohibited.
  • No northbound through traffic on Sutherland Drive will be allowed. Northbound traffic on Sutherland Drive, south of Eglinton, must exit onto Eglinton Avenue East.
  • Southbound traffic on Sutherland Drive will NOT be affected.

In addition:

  • On-street parking will be restricted along the north and south lanes on Eglinton Avenue within the construction zone.
  • Bus lanes will be accommodated where possible.

Traffic delays are expected during construction. Please take care when travelling near construction areas.


During the second stage of headwall construction, all sidewalks on Eglinton Avenue East and Sutherland Drive will remain open. Access to all businesses will also remain open during construction.

In some cases, some sidewalks may require temporary closure for the safety of pedestrians. Please follow signs directing pedestrians 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 additional signs directing pedestrians.

Waste Collection

Solid Waste Management Services will continue to pick up your waste during construction of the Crosstown. Recycling and garbage collection schedules along Eglinton Avenue will not change during the construction period. Please continue to abide by their guidelines for your garbage disposal and follow your normal routine. Please label your bins with your address and place them as close to the usual location as possible before 7:00 a.m. or the night before the scheduled collection day. If necessary, during construction, your bins may be temporarily moved by the contractor.

Noise and Vibration

Noise and vibration associated with construction can be expected with this work. Monitoring equipment is in place to monitor noise and vibration levels and ensure that they are within acceptable legal limits.

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.

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 you world class rapid transit.

For more details or updated traffic information, please contact the Community Relations Office at 416-482-7411.

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.