The next phase of station construction at Bayview and Eglinton Aves. will see excavation of the centre of Eglinton on the south side. The work will continue 16 hours a day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is expected to take 15 months. Many new traffic rules will apply including no left turns from northbound Bayview onto Eglinton. Right turns onto Eglinton from northbound Bayview, previously forbidden, will be permitted on a green light (but not red). Right turns from Eglinton going southbound onto Bayview will be forbidden and there will be no pedestrian crossing of any kind, it seems, on the south side of the intersection, crossing Bayview.
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.
— Michelle S (@HBBH8) October 13, 2016
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:
Eastbound through traffic will be re-routed north on Donlea Drive and south on Hanna Road back to Eglinton Avenue East.
- Westbound through traffic will be re-routed north on Hanna Road and west on Donlea Drive back to Eglinton Avenue East.
- Paid Duty Officers will be located at the intersections of Donlea Drive and Eglinton Avenue East and Hanna Road and Eglinton Avenue East to assist with traffic direction.
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.
54/354 Lawrence will be diverted north of Eglinton Avenue East on Laird Drive, Glenvale Boulevard, and Bayview Avenue.
- 51 Leslie, 56 Leaside, and 100 Flemingdon Park will be diverted north of Eglinton Avenue East on Laird Drive, Broadway Avenue, and Bayview Avenue.
- Routes 34/334 Eglinton will be diverted south of Eglinton Avenue East on Laird Drive, Millwood Road, Sutherland Drive, and Bayview Avenue.
- Paid duty officers will be on site at the intersections of Bayview Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East, and Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East to assist with traffic direction.
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 a sent along this picture of the demolition at Eglinton and Bayview as of Wednesday, April 27, 2016.