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Eglinton - Crosstown LRT: Yonge / Eglinton
TTC closes subway line, February 10 and 11



eglinton crosstown logo.pngMetrolinx contractors continue working to build the future Eglinton - Crosstown light rail transit line.

This weekend, Crosslinx Transit Solutions, the consortium of contractors for the project, starts getting ready to build a new structure to house a new ventilation system for the TTC’s Line 1 Yonge - University subway. The new facilities services building stands on the south side of Berwick Avenue above the subway line.

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^ Rendering of the future facility services building on Berwick Avenue. Image: Metrolinx

The new ventilation system will extract smoke during emergencies at Eglinton Station. Fans include acoustic dampers to reduce noise, and, outside of emergency situations, will only operate for testing purposes.

Due to the location of the new building, crews can only work can safely when subway trains are not operating. To accommodate the work, the TTC is closing the subway line between Lawrence and St Clair Stations all day Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11. (An upcoming Transit Toronto post will detail this closure.)

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^ Construction zone on the south side of Berwick Avenue. Image: Metrolinx

The TTC has scheduled a series of weekend subway closures between Lawrence and St. Clair stations throughout the year to accommodate this and other phases of the project to build the new light rail transit line and to connect the future Eglinton LRT station with Eglinton subway station.

The contractors are setting up construction zones and storage or “laydown” areas on

  • Berwick Avenue between Duplex Avenue and Yonge Street,
  • Hillsdale Avenue West just west of Yonge Street and
  • on the subway line south of Berwick Avenue.

Construction activities start 7 a.m. Friday February 9 (and every Friday before all other weekend closures of this part of Line 1). Crews work continuously Friday, Saturday, Sunday and early Monday, until subway service resumes around 5:30 a.m. Monday, February 12 (and every Monday after each weekend closure).

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^ Laydown zone on the north side of Hillsdale Avenue West. Image, Metrolinx

Nearby residents and businesses can expect noise in the area from construction equipment and heavy traffic when trucks enter and exit the work zone and when they travel along nearby streets. Crews will store equipment and material in the laydown areas.

The contractors are maintaining all access to business entrances throughout construction, but may block some driveways on Berwick Avenue. Pedestrians may only walk along the north side of Berwick between Duplex Avenue and Yonge Street.