Digging is underway for the Crosstown LRT’s Eglinton Station at Yonge Street, the light rail line’s interchange station with the east leg of the TTC’s Line 1. Over the next several weeks, excavation will form the main station box of the LRT component of Eglinton Station, set to be the 19-kilometre light rail line's busiest.

Shoring is being conducted in multiple phases, those involving the station box now complete. Deep excavation to the bottom of the future station box, which will be approximately 22 metres deep at its lowest point, is underway and is expected to last approximately 12 months.

Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Metrolinx, Line 5, TorontoLooking east over Eglinton, February 22, image by Forum contributor drum118

Work is furthest along on the former TTC bus depot site on the south side of Eglinton, just west of Yonge Street. Views of this site from late February reveal a pair of excavated pits taking shape, marking the future location of the LRT platform's west end. During this process, excavated material is being hauled to the former TTC bus depot site at the southeast corner of Duplex Avenue and Eglinton Avenue West, and the Salvation Army site at the corner of Eglinton Avenue East and Cowbell Lane.

Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Metrolinx, Line 5, TorontoExcavation west of Yonge Street, February 22, image by Forum contributor drum118

East of the Yonge-Eglinton intersection, crews have removed the temporary traffic decking from the two restricted stretches of Eglinton Avenue East, which will allow work to continue on the east portion of the station box excavation.

Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Metrolinx, Line 5, TorontoRoad deck removal, February 22, image by Forum contributor drum118

The next major phase in construction will be the underpinning of the TTC’s existing Line 1 Eglinton Station box, requiring a closure of the Yonge-Eglinton intersection's northwest corner. As part of the work, the Line 1 subway platform will soon be extended to the north to make connections easier between the two lines.

Additional information and images can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out our associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of tis story stated the wrong time frame for excavation of the station box.