Utility Relocation and Piling Works for the Emergency Exit Building near Petman Avenue

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September 18, 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 on 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: As construction continues on the north lanes of Eglinton at Petman, crews will simultaneously be moving utilities and installing secant piles (underground concrete columns) on the east side of Petman Avenue just south of Eglinton Avenue East.    

Why: Secant piles are required as part of an underground escape tunnel leading to a surface emergency exit building. 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: Crews will continue to occupy three lanes on the north side of Eglinton Avenue East in the area west of Cardiff Road to Forman Avenue for several months, to install secant piles with a larger drill rig machine.  

Starting as early as the week of September 21 for approximately several weeks, crews will begin the construction of emergency exit building tunnel. This work will take place on the east side of Petman Avenue just south of Eglinton.  Some work may be rescheduled or adjusted due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.  

Where: Construction will continue to be in place on the north and south side of Eglinton Avenue East at Petman, from approximately west of Cardiff Road to Falcon Street for several months to relocate utilities and construct a shaft.  At the same time, crews will temporarily occupy the east side of Petman Avenue just south of Eglinton.

Petman secant pile Sept 2015

Traffic Details

  • Traffic will remain 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.
  • Northbound traffic on Petman Avenue at Eglinton Avenue East will be closed 
  • Southbound traffic on Petman Avenue will remain open to eastbound Eglinton traffic.
  • Left turns from Petman Avenue and from Marmot Street onto westbound Eglinton will remain prohibited.
  • Left turns from westbound Eglinton onto Petman Avenue and onto Marmot Street will remain prohibited.
  • Vehicular access to 393 Eglinton Avenue East will be maintained from Eglinton Avenue East.
  • On-street parking is restricted along Eglinton within the construction zone.

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. 

Pedestrian Information

  • To ensure the safety of pedestrians, there will continue to be no through pedestrian traffic on the north Eglinton sidewalk at Petman Avenue at 440 Eglinton Avenue East. 
  • The south-side Eglinton sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians.   
  • The east-side Petman sidewalk just south of Eglinton will be temporarily closed during construction. Pedestrians will be diverted by appropriate signage. 
  • Pedestrian access to 393 Eglinton Avenue East will be maintained from Eglinton Avenue East.  
  • For safety reason, pedestrians will be separated from construction with a chain link fence. Access to stores along Eglinton Avenue East will be maintained.

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.  

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.

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