Managing traffic on Eglinton Avenue West
during Crosstown LRT construction

Back on Wednesday, June 27, Metrolinx and the TTC hosted an open house on their plans to manage traffic during construction of the underground light rail transit line beneath Eglinton Avenue. Staff presented the early plans for managing traffic during tunnelling and offered members of the public the opportunity to share their ideas about the work with the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown team.

Tunneling will start from a shaft at Keelesdale Park, just east of Black Creek Drive. (Contractors are already building the shaft.) Tunnel boring machines will dig out about the tunnel beneath the roadway, advancing eastward by about 10 metres (30 feet) each day.

After the boring machines reach the west side of Allen Road, the contractors will remove them from the tunnel. Then they’ll launch them eastward again from the east side of the Allen. In this way, they won’t interrupt subway service through Eglinton West Station.

After the contractors have finished tunneling, they’ll start building the stations along the line.

Throughout the work, the project managers will maintain at least one lane of traffic in both directions along Eglinton, although they may have to close some side streets.

They’re also proposing closing northbound access to Allen Road from Eglinton Avenue West in 2014. They’ll use the northbound lanes to store trucks and other heavy equipment. Allowing the contractors to use this section of the Allen exclusively would permit them to move truck loads of dirt and other material directly from construction sites and avoid using Eglinton or other arterial roadways as much as possible. This would also reduce the construction time by as much as one year.

If you missed the meeting, you can still have your say. The Crosstown staff have posted the presentation on line and are also providing an on-line form to gather your ideas about the proposals.

You can view the presentation here. (.pdf)

If you can’t view the .pdf file, you can read a text summary here.

You can submit your comments until Wednesday, July 11 here.