Crosstown Construction News- Brentcliffe Area

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Construction Work and Traffic Arrangement in the vicinity Brentcliffe & Eglinton Avenue East

In November 2013, the east tunnels contract was awarded and Metrolinx announced that construction on the east launch area (east of Brentcliffe Road) will begin in early 2014. The majority of the work in 2014 will take place between Brentcliffe and the vicinity of Yonge Street. The first visible piece of construction will take place near Brentcliffe & Eglinton. As construction approaches certain neighborhoods, more localized construction notices will be distributed.

Launch Shaft East of Brentcliffe Road (at Eglinton Ave. E):

A massive shaft will be excavated to prepare the area to launch the tunnel boring machines (TBMs). The site will remain a construction zone for multiple years through several stages of the project. Launch shafts are deep excavations that provide access points for TBMs. The two TBMs will begin tunnelling at the launch shaft east of Brentcliffe and work their way west towards Yonge Street.

The work zone will extend along Eglinton Avenue East between Brentcliffe Road & Leslie Street during this phase. Barriers and other protection measures will be used to separate the work zone safely from the public.

When: Starting as early as the third week of January 2014. More stages of the work will follow and construction updates will be provided as the work is phased in the coming years. Timelines may be adjusted due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Traffic Details:

Traffic lanes will be shifted to the north side of Eglinton Avenue between Brentcliffe Road and Leslie Street to allow construction crews to begin excavation of the shaft from the south side. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction along Eglinton Avenue East in the work zone east of Brentcliffe Road.

For more details about this work, please click here.

Sidewalk Closures:

A long-term closure of the pathway to Eglinton Ave. from Aerodrome Crescent is required.

Initially, a short-term closure of the north side pedestrian walkway along Eglinton Avenue is required for approximately 4-6 weeks.  The sidewalk on the south side of Eglinton will be open during this time.

Subsequently, a long-term closure of the south side pedestrian walkway on Eglinton Avenue is required for the construction of the Tunnel Boring Machine launch pit. The sidewalk on the north side of Eglinton will be open for pedestrian use.

For more details about this work, please click here.

Pedestrian Safety near Construction Sites:

Pedestrians are reminded to cross the streets at corners with traffic lights or stop signs.  Crossing in the middle of a block can be dangerous.  Please take care when travelling near construction areas and watch for additional signs directing pedestrians.  Barriers will be used to separate the work zone from the traffic.  Both eastbound and westbound TTC bus stops in the construction area may be relocated for the safety of the transit riders.  Please watch for posted signs indicating the new locations.


The Crosstown Community Relations Team,

Franca, Denise, Nicole and Grace