February 28th, 2014
Construction for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project is headed east of Allen Road.
Work on the 19-kilometre route traveling under-and-along Eglinton Avenue from Black Creek Drive to Kennedy Station has progressed without interruption since west tunnel excavation began last spring. This year, the work moves east of the Allen beginning with utility relocations and headwall construction – underground support walls located at the east and west ends of future station sites which must be completed before tunneling can begin, which is expected to commence in March. That will be followed later in the year by the start of excavations east to Yonge Street.
Metrolinx spokesperson Jamie Robinson said residents living along Eglinton near planned Crosstown underground station sites at Bathurst Street, Chaplin Crescent and Avenue Road should prepare for road and lane closures due to the headwalls construction planned for 2014. He promised Metrolinx would inform residents about work in their area prior to it beginning.
“We’ll be talking to folks and letting them know what activities will be taking place in their neighbourhood,” said Robinson at a Crosstown open house organized by Metrolinx and St. Paul’s city councillor Josh Matlow at Northern District Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 27.
At the open house, Robinson confirmed access to Gilgorm Road near the intersection of Chaplin and Eglinton W, will be partially closed for six to eight months to allow for the completion of headwalls construction at the Chaplin Station site, to be located in the northeast corner of the intersection. During that time, there will be no access to the street for cars traveling east and west along Eglinton to allow for the completion of jet grouting, a construction technique of pumping cement into the soil to make the ground stiffer and improve support. Similar work is planned at the locations for the Bathurst and Avenue stations, but specific details are not available as of yet.
Robinson said Gilgorm was chosen for the location for a temporary construction site after it was determined through consultations with residents, as well as Matlow and Eglinton-Lawrence city councillor Karen Stintz, that closing off access to the residential street would disrupt traffic along Eglinton the least. He promised Metrolinx officials will conduct a door-to-door canvass of Gilgorm residents in the next few weeks prior to the start of the construction.
Matlow, who asked Metrolinx to organize the open house, said he and fellow Eglinton-area city councillors were constantly pushing the agency to rethink any construction plans which would create major traffic disruptions of residents and businesses.
“I need to be sufficiently convinced beyond a glimmer of a doubt that if they’re doing something that’s not popular with the community, they need to convince me that it’s absolutely necessary,” said Matlow.
Matlow said he had consulted with residents in his ward for two years prior to the start of the Crosstown work, and believes most of them support the plan.
“What I’ve heard loud and clear from residents is they want this project done,” he said.
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