Utility Relocation Work near Yonge Street for Extraction Shaft - Temporary Closure of Holly Street

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December 5, 2014

What we are building

What: Crews are 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: Construction of the headwall and shaft requires that some utilities be moved safely out of the way. During the third stage of construction, crews will relocate utilities in the southbound lanes. During the latter half of stage 3, for further utility relocation, Holly Street will be closed to and from Eglinton. 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 will take place on the south side of Eglinton Avenue East in early December 2014.  Starting as early as mid-December 2014, Holly Street will be closed to and from Eglinton Avenue East to facilitate the utility relocation work in the area. This work is expected to be completed in 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 3 – South Side Utility Work & Holly Street Closure 

  • During stage 3, the work zone for utility relocation will switch to the south side of Eglinton Avenue East. The work zone will extend from approximately west of Dunfield Avenue 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.
  • The construction zone will extend southward on Holly Street near Eglinton Avenue East. Parking garage entrances or laneways on Holly Street will remain open.
  • Starting as early as mid-December, Holly Street will be closed at Eglinton Avenue East. Vehicular access to and from Holly Street will be restricted.  Pedestrian access will be maintained.
  • On-street parking will be restricted along the north and south of Eglinton Avenue East in this construction zone.

Yonge and Holly work zone

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. Access to stores along Eglinton will be maintained.

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 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.