As part of the project, contractors are building emergency exit buildings between underground stations more than about 760 metres (2,500 feet) apart. The buildings will allow passengers to easily evacuate the transit tunnel in the event of an emergency. An emergency exit building usually includes an evacuation pathway, a staircase between the tunnel and ground level and a small building on the surface. The scale of construction is similar to building a small underground station. Generally, contractors need about two years to finish each emergency exit building. Work started on the emergency exit at Petman Avenue — about halfway between the future Bayview and Mt Pleasant Stations — in December 2014.
As one crew continues building pilings on the north lanes of Eglinton Avenue East at Petman, another crew will be relocating overhead utilities. They have move the utilities safely out of the way before the contractors can start building the headwalls for the future emergency exit.
Headwalls are underground support walls at the east and west ends of an underground station — or an exit building. They create the frame for the future stations and exits and must be in place before tunnel-boring machines arrive at each site. Depending on site conditions, crews must relocate gas and hydro and telephone lines, water mains, sewers, traffic signals and street lights before they can start building the headwalls.
Starting Monday, September 14, crews are relocating overhead hydro wires on Petman Avenue just south of Eglinton Avenue East. Work to relocate the overhead wires continues until September 18.
During daytime hours, crews are occupying one lane at a time on Petman. One lane will always remain open to traffic. After work hours, crews will reopen the roadway at Eglinton.
While crews work on the northbound lanes of Petman, they’ll block northbound traffic from entering Eglinton. Eastbound traffic can continue to move from Eglinton onto southbound Petman, but westbound traffic can’t turn onto Petman.
While crews work on the southbound lanes of Petman, they’ll block eastbound traffic on Eglinton from heading southward along Petman. Northbound traffic on Petman can exit onto eastbound lanes of Eglinton, but can’t turn left onto the westbound lanes.
All driveways and sidewalks on Petman remain open.
Crews continue to occupy the three north lanes of Eglinton Avenue East for several months between west of Cardiff Road and Falcon Street. They’ll continue to shift traffic to the south side of Eglinton and reduce it to just one lane in each direction near Petman Avenue.
- Petman Avenue is open at Eglinton Avenue East after working hours.
- You can’t turn left from Petman Avenue or Marmot Street onto westbound Eglinton.
- You can’t turn left from from westbound Eglinton onto Petman or Marmot Street.
- You can’t park on Eglinton within the construction zone.
Traffic patterns in the area will continue to change and shift during different stages of work. Traffic cones, concrete barriers or fencing separate all work zones from traffic.
The work continues to block pedestrians from walking along the north side of Eglinton across from Petman Avenue beside 440 Eglinton East. For several days during work hours this week, the work also blocks pedestrians from the south-side sidewalk at Petman Avenue, too. The south-side sidewalk reopens after work hours.
For the safety of transit riders, the TTC may relocate bus stops in the affected area will be relocated. Watch signs directing you to the temporary stops.
Most of the work continues between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week. In certain situations, the contractors may schedule some late-night or early-morning work to complete the project and keep construction moving.
Expect traffic delays, noise and vibration.
During LRT construction near Petman Avenue, TTC passengers should expect delays for buses operating along these routes:
- 34 Eglinton East;
- 51 Leslie;
- 54 Lawrence East;
- 56 Leaside;
- 100 Flemingdon Park;
- 334 Eglinton East overnight; and
- 354 Lawrence East overnight.