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Stage 1 no turns
The cut-and-cover phase of construction of the Leaside LRT Station at Bayview and Eglinton Aves. is about to begin. It is a period that will try drivers and pedestrians alike as the entire intersection is dug up, covered with planks and maintained that way for two years or more. Single lane travel will be the order of the day. They were explaining this at the Metrolinx Leaside Station Open House in the William Lea Room Tuesday night. The large footprint for the track level station and concourse above it stretches from past the crosswalks on Egljnton to the curbs on both sides. It will go down a dizzying 30 metres to the tracks. There is a lot of earth to be moved. Metrolinx was showing a diagram (above) of the first stage of traffic diversions complete with two no-right-turns and three no-left-turns. This configuration will last four to six months and will be replaced with a different set of restrictions. In total, Metrolinx expects four different such sets of restrictions.
ONE DAY AT A TIME
Taking it one day at a time, the current pedestrian detours are tricky. Northbound pedestrians on the east side of Bayview have already misunderstood the arrow which is intended to send them over to the west side. The crossing looks chancy (see photo) so some charge through the signs to the north side of Eglinton where they can cross Bayview with a greater sense of security. Be careful all.
Work has begun in earnest on the main station for the Leaside stop of the Crosstown LRT at Eglinton Ave. and Bayview Ave. The video on the left is the action at a trench digging across Eglinton near Mann Ave which reduced traffic on Tuesday to one lane on the north side of the street. On the right, the chaotic scene down at Bayview and Eg where pedestrians were asking sewer workers if it was safe to cross the street. “Sure lady, go ahead”. Wild and crazy, you bet. There is more to come here because this stop will require excavation out into Eglinton and a covering of planks for a while.
There was lots fun of Friday midday on the southwest corner of Bayview and Eglinton Aves. as multiple bucket trucks from Hydro One performed unknown adjustments. On the ground however, there was a happy police presence for those heading to Tim Hortons. Coffee and doughnuts lunchers were practically under police escort as they approached. This to keep them out from under the constantly moving buckets. Once inside, coffee and doughnuts. Wild and crazy.
One driver tweeted this picture and added there were no police, no TTC nor construction employees to make sure this type of crazy pile up was avoided.
Traffic is a complete mess with construction. No pain, no gain, right? We dream of the day when the Eglinton LRT is operational.
The corner of Bayview Ave.and Eglinton East is about to begin another convulsive adventure in building the much-loved (by politicians) LRT. Medians on Bayview are being demolished Tuesday to permit traffic to be switched back and forth from one side of the street to the other. A new maze of traffic lights to somehow or other control confused drivers is being installed. Thus it will not be long before work begins on the excavations into the street which are required to construct the Leaside Station facilities. As is known, this site is also going to be the scene of a high-rise condominium on Bayview Ave. built by Countrywide Homes. It will probably test the nine-storey bylaw again, just as RioCan is doing at the Sunnybrook Plaza site. Wild and crazy.
Metrolinx construction will close part of Eglinton Avenue East on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 4am:
TTC Buses will be re-routed for the Eglinton Avenue East closure. Some TTC stops may be temporarily relocated. TTC signs will be posted for transit users.
Metrolinx Notice, Metrolinx TTC Detour Info, PREVIOUS: LRT work sends buses to Glenvale, Broadway on Aug 21, 22
The corner of Eglinton Ave. E and Bayview Ave. is a source of constant surprise these days. The two-storey construction building that has risen in the Metro parking lot almost looks like Metrolinx gone into the boarding house business .
Drivers heading northbound on Bayview Tuesday night were met with rubber-traffic-cone chaos at Eglinton. It was re-paving of all things (see video) for reasons unknown but probably necessary. Later, large parts of the corner will be excavated to create the Leaside station which will sit on this corner. Wild and crazy for sure.
Reader Gary Slippoy has recorded the last phase of the McDonald’s demolition. Depictions of the new “Leaside” (not Bayview) LRT station are few and it is known that Metrolinx wants to go up, up, up at this corner. We shall see.
Reader Gary Slippoy has a sent along this picture of the demolition at Eglinton and Bayview as of Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
The wrecker is busy daily and it won’t long before the job is done. The final hours of McDonald’s at Eglinton and Bayview is seen in a photo from above taken by reader Gary Slippoy and below looking north from the driveway of the four-plex to the south (South Bayview Bulldog)
Thirty years later, it’s goodbye to the McDonald’s building that was part of the burger firm’s historic expansion of the 1980s. A giant backhoe is ripping up the parking lot Tuesday and will soon take down the former restaurant, second home to casual eaters and Leaside High kids. The site will become the “Leaside” LRT station at Bayview Ave. and quite possibly a good deal more. Metrolinx has consulted with developers about a large, maybe quite high building on this site and has purchased two of the four-plexes to the south on Bayview to make a sizeable footprint for this new building.