Metrolinx's Crosstown LRT will soon connect 19 kilometres of central Toronto with a light rail transit line that includes 25 stations and stops, set to open in 2021. With the project’s twin tunnels in place and track installation progressing for both surface and underground sections, Crosslinx Transit Solutions crews are working on the various stations on the line, with work currently furthest along near the line’s western terminus.
At the west end of the Crosstown, the future Mount Dennis Station—which incorporates a restored industrial building on the former Kodak campus—plus the adjacent Eglinton Maintenance and Storage Facility serving the line are both well underway on Eglinton Avenue West between Weston Road and Black Creek Drive. Finishing works are progressing inside of the station, where tile now covers much of the floor and walls.
On the outside, exterior glazing is in place for station entrances, while drilling rigs work away at the surface along the site's Eglinton frontage. In a little over a year, light rail vehicles will be accessing this station via an elevated guideway serving the west end of the line.
Vehicles have already begun the firsts tests over this elevated guideway, with a tweet from Chief Planner Gregg Lintern posted this the weekend showing a milestone test of a light rail vehicle moving under its own power along the guideway between Mount Dennis and Keelesdale Stations.
About a kilometre east of Mount Dennis, Keelesdale Station is at the intersection of Eglinton, Trethewey, and Keele. Much of the work on this underground station is happening beyond the view of passersby, though the first work on one of the station's at-grade entrances is now unfolding. Structural steel installation recently began for the entrance on the northwest corner of the intersection beside York Memorial Collegiate.
At the northeast corner, a concrete structure—part of the station's primary entrance—now rises above grade.
Moving east of Keelesdale, work is also moving along at the site of Caledonia Station, where Caledonia crosses Eglinton. The station's underground structure is gradually working its way back up to street level, with concrete and rebar now at grade in certain areas of the site.
Most recently, crews performed a concrete pour to form an upper concourse slab in the future station’s main entrance. This task was carried out at the end of November, right after these images of the pit were captured.
Additional information and images can be found in our Database file for the project, linked below. If you'd like to get in on the discussion, you can check out the associated Forum thread.
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