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Eglinton Crosstown West Extension LIVE - July 13, 2021

Archive - July 13, 2021

On July 13, 2021, Metrolinx hosted a virtual house to introduce our constructors, West End Connectors, who will be building the tunnel as part of the Advanced Tunneling contract for this project. During the one-hour open house, representatives from the West End Connectors team presented information about tunneling and the next steps in the tunnel construction from Renforth to Scarlett. We answered as many questions as possible during the event.

In case you missed the event, you’ll find the answers in the video recording below. We also received additional questions during the virtual session and are committed to answering those as well. Answers will be posted at the bottom of this page.

 

 

Agenda

6:30: Meeting Begins/ Opening Remarks

6:35: Eglinton Crosstown West Extension Project Update

6:50: Questions and Answers

7:25: Wrap up & Closing Remarks

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Meet the Speakers

Fernando Triana

Fernando Triana

Project Director (WEC)

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Chris Phillips

Project Director, Infrastructure Ontario

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Abdellah Benkhalti

Environmental Manager (WEC)

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Juan Tineo

Construction Manager (WEC)

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Stephanie Chow

Communications & Public Engagement Lead (WEC)

Format & Accessibility

Questions will be answered based on popularity (total votes). We aim to answer all questions. Answers to questions not addressed will be posted after the event. Please review and note that conduct inconsistent with our policies will result in removal.

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Anonymous's avatar

I understand that the station headwalls are placed in advance and the tunnel boring machine bores through these headwalls.
How are these headwalls constructed and what effect does this have on traffic flow along Eglinton Avenue?
How long does it take to install these headwalls from start to completion?

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Anonymous
Jul 13, 2021 - 15:38

when the trains are underground it's close to us at Kipling. will we hear the noise or feel vibration? how is the tunnel built to keep that low?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 9, 2021 - 17:20

Do you have a preliminary sketch of the proposed structures. They will impact my community directly as I back onto the north west corner.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 15:43

How is the realignment of eglinton going to work? will you be closing lanes to dig the extraction shaft and how will you manage the dirt from all of that? Our backyards are very close!!

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 18:32

The reason for the elevated section from Jane to Scarlett is due to lack of funds. In May, PM Trudeau invested an additional $12 billion into Ontario transit projects including the ECWE, but in the previous meeting on June 8, Mr. Joshua Engel-Yan (project sponsor from Metrolinx) said that "this does not increase the budget" at all. Now that we have WEC here, the taxpayers want a clear answer as to where this funding is going.

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Anonymous
Jul 13, 2021 - 15:36

I back on to Eglinton, what can I plan to hear or feel when the tunnel is being dug? Will my house be impacted??

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 7, 2021 - 17:23

What is the start date and what is the finishing date for the tunnelling section.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 16:36

How far from the constructions sites do we expect to hear and feel noise and vibration both from above ground work and below grade tunnel boring? Are there any measures in place to protect existing homes in the vicinity from any sort of structural damage that may result from excess vibration from the work being completed? To what extent will work be completed "after hours" on evenings and weekends?

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Anonymous's avatar

Will Metrolinx be providing bicycle crossing protection across Eglinton Avenue to connect the existing cycling facilities on the south side to the new stations, which are all located on the north side of the road allowance? Will adequate short and long term (secure/weather protected) bicycle parking be provided at each new station?

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Anonymous
Jul 13, 2021 - 18:32

As we are all aware, the City of Toronto is facing a huge housing shortage, is there any thoughts of densifying around these new proposed station or build on top of them? (i.e transit oriented development)

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Anonymous's avatar

In England, many many tunnels are able to be dug underneath the Thames River with no problems. Why is it so hard and so so expensive to tunnel underneath the Humber River whose width is just a fraction of the Thames?

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Anonymous's avatar

Like you said, TBMs are the safest option in the world when it comes to tunneling. If that's the case, what is stopping them from tunneling the short distance under the Humber River? Is it worth the expense of building a giant bridge with many negative effects on nature and landscape?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 8, 2021 - 13:14

Where will the Kipling Station be located?

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Anonymous
Jul 8, 2021 - 14:22

are lanes will be reduced along eglinton?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 8, 2021 - 20:41

What is the completion date for the project and where will the Scarlett station be located?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 9, 2021 - 17:25

Will the cluster of trees on the north west corner be removed? Has consideration been given to adding more trees to the area in order to cushion the adjoining community from the increased “traffic” both visual and in terms of noise, security, privacy etc. Thank you.

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Anonymous
Jul 9, 2021 - 19:54

Did u figure out which level the connection to Pearson station and th' station itself is used?

a) elevated
b)at-grade
c)below-grade
d)underground

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Anonymous's avatar

Are any tunnels being considered from Condo buildings at the underground stations for direct indoor access.?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 13:50

How will the multi-use trail, on the south side of Eglinton Avenue West (between Martin Grove and Renforth) be impacted by the construction, tunnelling work?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 15:16

There are many home owners and residents who are against the elevated guideway between Jane and Scarlett. The environmental issues have not been fully addressed and it is going to have an overall negative impact to this area. When is the environmental study and the geological study going to be made public?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 16:55

Will this woodlot be affected in any way?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 6, 2021 - 16:57

What is faster to get to Bloor and Yonge? Taking the LRT or taking the bus to Kipling and then the subway.

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Anonymous
Jul 9, 2021 - 11:48

This has gone way over time. Is there a realistic end date yet?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 11, 2021 - 11:45

These all glass stations, which I'm assuming will be lit after dark, are going to be really damaging to the bird population in the area. Was any consideration given to birds which will likely being flying into these glass structures? Seems like a terrible idea.

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Anonymous
Jul 12, 2021 - 17:31

When is the expected completion date for the extension? The original completion date for the Crosstown was 2018, then 2020, then 2021, then 2022. Will we have to expect the same delays for the West extension?

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Anonymous's avatar

Project staff previously indicated that during construction, traffic will increase on nearby side streets. A hazard already exists on Bemersyde Drive due to northbound cars speeding to get through the Eglinton traffic lights. Can speed control measures, such as a few speed humps, be installed between Tettenhall and Eglinton to help manage speeds of the increased traffic? Thanks.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 16:01

What safety provisions are being considered with respect to the oil pipeline that runs along Eglinton just North of the Eringate neighbourhood? How will you ensure the tunneling and construction does not impact or compromise the neighbourhood safety from this oil pipeline?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 16:05

With Eringate not receiving a station, it will be the longest stretch of the new line that is without a station.
1) What will be the bus frequency on Eglinton between Martingrove and Renforth stations (serving East Mall and Eringate neighbourhood) since these residents cannot directly access the LRT?
2) And what will it be like to transfer from the bus to the LRT at Martingrove?

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Anonymous
Jul 9, 2021 - 19:49

since Renforth station is below-grade, how many entrances are there where are they located in the intersection

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 11, 2021 - 05:59

1. During construction, what vehicular and walk in access will be available to Scarlett Woods Golf Course?
2. What is the schedule for this to be effected?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 11, 2021 - 11:00

How will the underground work affect the surface traffic?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 12, 2021 - 17:29

Where will the stations be located at the intersection of Royal York and Eglinton?

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Kevin's avatar

Would you be able to clarify how the line will travel from Martin Grove to Renforth. Will the station at Renforth be underground, at grade in the transitway trench or at grade or some other configuration?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 15:49

How will the project ensure the the woods and natural habitat along the corridor not be affected by the proposed extension to Renforth

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Sue's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 15:57

What measures will be taken to ensure that the parks and natural habitat along this corridor are not affected?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 16:12

In May the federal government added funding of $12 billion to transit projects including ECWE. Metrolinx Initial Business case included a below grade option that has since been revised due to cost; wouldn't the cash infusion allow the 1.5 km tunnelling to continue to Mount Dennis station eliminating overpass stations on Jane and Scarlett? Save our trees, parks, wildlife!

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 16:16

What is the cost comparison of continued tunnelling under Eglinton to Mount Dennis station vs realignment of Eglinton Ave. to accommodate the elevated guideway? Keeping 1.5 km section underground will save greenbelt parklands, trees and birds.

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Penny's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 17:58

Will the bike path on the southside of Eglinton closer to Islington and Kipling will be impacted by the 30 m Corredor buffer me she

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 18:22

Where will the Kipling station be location?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 18:28

Can we get copies of the contractor's Traffic Management Plan as it relates to the Eglinton and Kipling station works? Can we get copies of the general conditions of the contract related to noise and vibration management and dust control?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 18:34

I feel that the entire west extension should be tunnelled from Mount Dennis to the far west end. Why is it Etobicoke gets all underground but Mount Dennis neighbourhood has a to endure a major impact to the lands in the flats? Please tunnel through the flats.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 18:36

Will any portions of the tunnel be located under privately owned property? If so, where?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 18:39

What will happen to the large patches of woodland that dot Eglinton, between Scarlett Road & Martingrove?
Animals & birds have already lost SO much of their forest due to over development, they can't lose any more, esp with our greenbelt being paved over by developers all around us.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 19:31

How many trees will be cut down to make the 2 km bridge between Scarlett and Jane?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 20:08

You didn't answer any questions in the meeting.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jun 30, 2021 - 15:17

Metrolinx has stated that they reached out and spoke with the building management regarding the closure of our private driveway. Our building management has had no such correspondence. Why did Metrolinx lie about that?
What considerations has Metrolinx taken upon themselves to understand the communal impacts of closing the private driveway? What traffic impact analysis have they performed, and when did they perform it (during pandemic traffic was light)?
What considerations can Metrolinx demonstrate they have processed to conclude that our driveway has to be closed and cannot be maintained?

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Anonymous
Jul 7, 2021 - 17:22

Will underground utility relocation be required prior to boring the tunnel? And if so, when?

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Anonymous's avatar

Hello Please fill-in the the test pit holes with hot mix where the soil samples were taken for the ECWE The holes are located within the driving lane on Eglinton just west of Kipling. These core holes are very large and are located in the right wheel path.
Thank you
Adam

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Anonymous
Jul 9, 2021 - 19:39

Obviously, i think that th' underground stations between Royal York and Martin Grove should have side platforms for the first time.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 9, 2021 - 19:45

are there any infill stations planned ?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 10, 2021 - 10:02

Which projects are already finished along Eglinton and how long did they take ? Which projects are still in the works and when will they finish ?

Just curious, if Metrolinx is a private company and TTC is public, how is TTC affiliated with Metrolinx ( referring to Metrolinx card on TTC) ?

Merci !

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Anonymous
Jul 10, 2021 - 11:48

Is there any planned Parking Garage at any of the Stations?

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Jul 11, 2021 - 08:33

A lot of people want a LRT station at East Mall and Eglinton. Why isn't this part of the plan?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 09:13

When construction is underway near Islington and Kipling, can construction equipment be stored on the empty lot on the northeast corner of Wincott and Eglinton? That would avoid surrounding streets being further negatively impacted during construction when higher traffic (avoiding the construction zone) will already negatively impact on surrounding streets. Thank you.

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I don't know if you shown the sketch drawing rending for the future station entrances for the ECWE Eglinton Crosstown West Extension and will any of the underground stations will have bus bays or not? I guess none will.

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Anonymous's avatar

This station will do considerable and irreversible environmental damage to the existing Richview Forest that needs to be preserved. My question is can the EG alignment and travelled roadway be shifted a bit to the south E and W of Kip to allow the station and train tunnel row to be also shifted south onto the existing NW boulevard and existing north and central side of the travelled road way of Eg. I understand a gas main is along the south side of the EG row but it may not interfere with such a jog. I do believe it is not a major trans Can pipe. Alternatively, can the station be placed on the NE corner near the townhomes recently created by CTO land disposal practices. This could also be facilitated by a slight jog to the south in the EG RoW.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 18:11

Before th' line goes elevated to Jane from Mount Dennis, there a tunnel before the portal after passin' Mount Dennis station. Are they cut-and-cover or are they made by tunnel boring

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Anonymous
Jul 13, 2021 - 18:26

Two Questions
1. Will the entrance to the subway going west be before or after the driveway to the apartments on Richview Rd.
2. What will happen to the bridge that crosses over Eglinton will it stay

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Anonymous
Jul 13, 2021 - 18:29

What can residents living in townhomes facing Eglinton between Widdicombe & Martin Grove expect to see in front of their homes during construction? Will there be drilling equipment and will we have obstructed views from what we see today any time throughout the project?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 18:45

Will ALL the new stations for the underground section of the Eglinton West extension be designed and reinforced to support the addition of new Apartment-Towers directly above, in order to align with the Province’s “Transit-Oriented Communities” policy and housing-targets..?

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Anonymous
Jul 13, 2021 - 19:04

When will all work be complete and the road restored at the Extraction Shaft area?

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Anonymous
Jul 13, 2021 - 19:08

When are we going to give names to some of the new stations on the extension? The ones planned at Jane, Royal York, Islington, Kipling and Martin Grove currently share their names with other existing and planned stations, so when will we be giving these stations unique names?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 13, 2021 - 19:25

Will the stations platforms be on either side of the tracks or in the centre

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W. K. Lis's avatar
Jul 6, 2021 - 10:49

Is it possible that the "traditional" intersections along Eglinton Avenue West be rebuilt with roundabouts instead. With cycling and pedestrian underpasses connecting directly with the stations and bicycle garages using ramps instead of stairs, like they have in the Netherlands.

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Anonymous
Jul 8, 2021 - 02:21

What kind of railway is planned for this extension?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 4, 2021 - 13:16

What is a headwall?

Is any of the subway above ground west of Martingrove?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jul 11, 2021 - 11:42

I remember when we were told this project would be done in 2020, then we were told fall of 2021, now I'm not even sure what the current line is. How many more times will the date change?

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Jul 6, 2021 - 10:37

Will there be webcams showing "live" progress on the surface and above ground sections of the construction?

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