Utility Relocation Work near Yonge Street for Crosstown Tunelling

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October 24, 2014

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.

What we are building

What: Crews will be working on advanced utility construction and relocation prior to the  building of support headwalls and an extraction shaft, located within the Eglinton Avenue roadway on the east side of Yonge Street. 

Why: Currently, during the first stage of construction, crews are relocating utilities on the north side of Eglinton. During subsequent stages, utility relocation will continue and shift southward to the centre of, then south side of Eglinton. Construction of the headwall and shaft requires that some utilities be moved safely out of the way. 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: Utility relocation work in the centre lanes is expected to start as soon as late October 2014. This will be followed a switch to the south side which is expected to be complete by early 2015. Construction of the headwall and extraction shaft will commence thereafter. Timelines may be rescheduled or adjusted due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Where and Traffic Details:

Stage 2 - Centre Lanes Utility Work 

  • During this stage of work, the construction zone for utility relocation will be within the middle lanes of Eglinton Avenue.  The work zone will extend from approximately west of Lillian Street to east of Yonge Street along Eglinton Avenue. 
  • Traffic will be shifted to the north and south curb lanes and reduced to one lane in each direction.


Stage 3 - South Side Utility Work 

  • During stage 3, the work zone for utility relocation will switch to the south side of Eglinton Avenue.  The work zone will extend from approximately west of Lillian Street to east of Yonge Street along Eglinton Avenue East.
  • Traffic will be shifted to the north side of Eglinton Avenue which will be reduced to one lane in each direction.


Traffic patterns in the area will continue to change and shift during different stages of the 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

Pedestrian walkways will remain open; however detours may be in place. Pedestrians will be separated from construction with a chain link fence.

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 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.

For more details or updated traffic information, please visit our website at www.thecrosstown.ca or 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.