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  • 10 Oct 2019 4:08 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Upcoming Traffic Configuration Change at Yonge and Eglinton Intersection to Support Tunnel Ventilation Shaft Construction

    What Work is Taking Place?

    In mid-October 2019, a new traffic configuration will be implemented at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue to facilitate construction of a tunnel ventilation shaft for TTC’s Line 1 subway.  

    In order to facilitate the work, a new work zone will be erected in the middle of the Yonge Street between Eglinton Avenue East and Roehampton Avenue, with vehicle traffic travelling on either side of the work zone.  

    All four crosswalks will re-open at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue East intersection. This configuration is expected to remain in place for approximately six (6) months.


    Hours of Work

    • Beginning in mid-October 2019 for approximately six (6) months.

    • Construction will take place between 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

    • The contractor may not always work during the permitted hours, but may do so at its discretion.

    • Work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.


    Upcoming Construction Configuration


    Traffic and Pedestrian Changes

    • All four (4) crosswalks at the Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue East intersection will be open.

    •  The north crosswalk will return to its original position at the intersection.

    • The west crosswalk will re-open to facilitate movements north to south.

    • Yonge Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Roehampton Avenue and Eglinton Avenue for the duration of the work.

    • Northbound traffic will travel on the east side of the work zone.

    • Southbound traffic will travel on the west side of the work zone.

    • Sidewalk and traffic lane widths will be reduced between Roehampton Avenue and Eglinton Avenue.

    • Signage will be in place to direct pedestrians.

    • Please watch for traffic and construction signage.

    • As always, please take care when travelling near work sites.


    What to Expect

    • Street furniture, including decorative poles, planters and a bus shelter, will be removed to provide adequate sidewalk and road width.  Final landscaping will be performed at the end of the project. 

    • For safety, use of concrete barriers, fencing, dust cloth and lighting can be expected.

    • A short stretch of the sidewalk on the east side of Yonge Street will be reduced to 1.5m.

    • Storefront and property access will be maintained.

    • Third party crossing guard services will continue.

    • Use of construction equipment, such as drills and excavators.

    • Expect delays when traveling near work zones.


    Transit Information

    Access to the TTC Eglinton Subway Station will be maintained. Relocation and re-routing of bus stops is done in consultation with TTC to ensure construction can continue safely while minimizing impact on the community and customers. Please watch for posted notices indicating new information.

    Travelling Smart during Construction

    Travel delays are expected with the Crosstown construction. Please allow extra time for your journey. Traffic will be extra heavy at peak periods during the Crosstown construction. When possible, please travel during the off-peak period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.


    Disponible en Francais.

  • 4 Oct 2019 8:09 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)



    Mining operations are underway at both the Secondary Entrance and the Main Entrance sites. Mining occurs on a 24 hour schedule. Read the construction notice for more detail.
    The mining excavation sequence continues between the Main and Secondary Entrances and east of the Secondary Entrance. This sequence includes drilling roof supports, removal of earth and coating exposed surfaces with shot-crete.   
    Mining work between the Main and Secondary Entrances will be completed in late October. Once completed, activities in the cavern will shift to permanent works which include waterproofing and concrete works to build the permanent station structure underground.  
    Crews also continue to excavate to the east and are currently underground mid-block between Oriole Parkway South and Eastbourne Ave. These activities include removing earth and drilling horizontal roof supports underground. During the next 3-4 weeks regular excavation works will be underway.
    In mid to late October, crews will be required to complete some demolition activities within the cavern which may be more noticeable for those closest to the construction location.
    Based on the location of your property and the type of activity being completed some works may be more noticeable.
    The general mining activities occur in a continuous sequence – drilling roof supports, excavation under the roof supports and spraying of concrete to finalize exposed areas underground. Within the excavation portion of the sequence, periodic removal of concrete sections of the existing tunnels is required as well as periodic chipping of temporary concrete linings. When possible, crews complete higher impact works during the day, however due to the sequence nature of the work and the engineering requirements related to ground stability and cavern integrity, it’s possible some of this activity may occur during the overnight hours.

    Noise and Vibration Mitigation

    Noise and vibration impacts to your building depend on your proximity to the source and how the vibrations travel through the soil and interact with the foundation and structure of your building. Crosslinx Transit Solutions has implemented several noise reduction measures on site to mitigate the impact felt by the community during mining activities. Enclosures are used to cover equipment like generators and pumps, silencers are used to reduce noise from fans, and delivery routes and times are selected to minimize disruption – just to name a few.

    If you experience disruption from mining activities, please call our 24/7 phone line at 416-782-8118.







    Concrete Pours

    • Concrete pours will occur approximately once per week over the next year.
    • Concrete trucks will be staged in the existing laydown area on the north side of Eglinton Avenue and exit the site at the gate on the west end of the site.
    • Some of the trucks will be required to back into the west gate of the secondary entrance due to coordination with other construction activities that will be underway during the concrete pour. 

    6 a.m. to 11 p.m.



    Connection Bore Holes

    West of Main Entrance
    *more details in CLC deck from September 4

    • Additional connection holes to the tunnels are required to facilitate final lining activities and deliver concrete to the cavern level
    • Drilling of the bore holes will occur just west of the Main Entrance.
    • Drilling will take approximately one (1) week.
    • Concrete pours will begin in late October


    Dewatering Well Maintenance

    Periodic maintenance of dewatering wells as required.

    • Periodic maintenance will be ongoing and require a short duration (1 day) enclosure around the well in the right of way
    • A compressor and occasional hydrovac truck will be used to complete the maintenance


    9am to 4pm


    Monitoring Work

    Equipment is installed in various locations around the station are to monitor ground movement during construction.

    Read the construction notice for more detail.

    • To install the monitoring equipment in the ground, crews move from location to location around the station area. Typically a drilling machine is used to drill the hole where the monitor will be installed.
    • If on the sidewalk, pedestrians may need to be routed around the work zone (sidewalks stay open). If on the roadway, a short term lane closure may be required.
    • Readings will be taken regularly for the duration of the project.
    • Installations planned to be complete in the next few months.


    Ongoing monitoring

    Currently installations are focused east of Secondary entrance


  • 2 Oct 2019 5:19 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    In October 2019, crews will conduct two closures of Berwick Avenue between Duplex Avenue and Yonge Street to perform supporting construction activities for TTC’s Line 1 Subway Facility Services Building. Due to the location of the new building, the work can only be carried out safely while the subway is not in operation. Details to follow. Please check the construction notices on the website and visit TTC’s website under “Scheduled Subway Closures” for update-to-date TTC service information.

    As part of TTC’s system-wide upgrade, Crosslinx Transit Solutions is constructing a new tunnel ventilation shaft for TTC Line 1 subway. , A new work zone will be erected in the middle of the roadway on Yonge Street between Eglinton Avenue and Roehampton Avenue. This work is expected to start in October and will last for six months. More details will be posted on the Crosstown website.  

  • 2 Oct 2019 5:09 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    Metrolinx is building the Eglinton Crosstown, Toronto’s new 19-kilometre light rail transit (LRT) line that will run along Eglinton Avenue. The Crosstown will connect Mount Dennis in the west to Kennedy Road in the east, and the new service will be up to 60% faster than the bus service today. With 25 stations and stops and connections to 3 TTC subway stations, 54 local bus routes, 3 GO Transit lines and the UP Express, the Crosstown will improve travel times and change the way we move through the heart of the city. You’re invited to our fall open houses! Come out to learn about the future Crosstown stations and stops in your neighbourhood and the progress on the new Eglinton line now under construction.

    The Open House for our area is as follows:

    Central (Chaplin, Avenue, Eglinton, Mount Pleasant, Leaside) October 15, 2019 @ 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Yonge-Eglinton Centre 2300 Yonge Street

  • 2 Oct 2019 5:01 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    The City of Toronto is undertaking consultation to help develop a strategy to reduce single-use and takeaway items. Please complete an online survey, join a telephone town hall, and share information with your networks. Comments will be accepted until November 4, 2019. Details:

    This City is seeking feedback on the proposed approaches, items that will be targeted, and timelines to reduce specific single-use and takeaway items in Toronto. A single-use or takeaway item is any product designed for a single-use after which it is disposed of in the garbage, Blue Bin (recycling) or Green Bin (organics). Typically, these products are not designed for durability or reuse.


    Waste Strategy


  • 26 Sep 2019 7:06 AM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    The OPA  in conjunction with community members including the Oriole Park Junior Public School Parent Council is pleased to announce that commencing this Fall a pilot 3 way stop project at Oriole Parkway and College View Avenue will be initiated.

    The approval was facilitated through the efforts and coordination of Councillor Josh Matlow's office in  the establishing the Oriole Park Traffic Working Group who worked in conjunction with the City of Toronto Transportation Services.

  • 25 Sep 2019 2:30 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)


    The Annual General Meeting for the Oriole Park Association is to be held on Thursday November 7, 2019 commencing at 7:00PM  in the gymnasium at Oriole Park Junior Public School.

    Confirmed speakers include: Councillor Josh Matlow , Jill Andrew MPP and Staff Sergeant James Hogan of Toronto Police Services. 

    Further details to follow.

  • 25 Sep 2019 2:22 PM | David McMahon (Administrator)

    On September 18,2019 CBC released a summary of dangerous intersections - especially for pedestrians in the City of Toronto .

    The Oriole Park Association catchment area has 3 intersections listed in the article and they are :

    1. Chaplin Crescent / Eglinton Avenue West

    2. Yonge Street  / Eglinton Avenue

    3. Yonge Street / Soudan / Berwick Avenue

    The link to the article and interactive map  is:

  • 13 Sep 2019 2:41 PM | Heather Harris (Administrator)

    We recently received a police communication regarding this issue.


    Neighbourhood Groups, 

    Recently there has been more reports of needles being found in parks. It goes without saying that these present a significant hazard to the safety of children.

    Here are some tips to protect your kids, 

    • -          If they find a needle, DON’T TOUCH IT !, call Police to come remove the needle.
    • -          Parents should walk around the play area BEFORE allowing their child in to play, therefore ensuring there are no needles.
    • -          DO NOT allow bare feet !
    • -          Work together with your neighbours to regularly check over your local park to keep it free of needles.
    • -          Report ALL incidents of found needles to Police by calling 416-808-2222.

  • 11 Sep 2019 4:45 PM | Heather Harris (Administrator)


As we all know our neighbourhood is subject to serious development pressure, and development issues have occupied much of the board’s time. Among these issues are:

Community Development Committee of Adjustment – Single Family Homes

The OPA keeps a close eye on applications for home renovations and tear- downs in our neighbourhood.

We receive details about applications from the Committee including a description of the proposed changes and the deadline for submitting to the committee. We forward information about homes in our area to a special email list. You can subscribe here: Oriole Park Association - Committee of Adjustment notices.

Metrolinx – Eglinton LRT

The OPA is involved in the ongoing process of the development of the new Light Rail Transit line in our area.

One major concern for the community is that Eglinton Avenue is to have restricted lanes westbound between Oriole Parkway and Braemar Avenue for the construction of the Avenue Road Station.

The proposals as detailed below will last until 2021.

The businesses on the north side will have very restricted access and visibility.

The second concern is that Metrolinx in their initial proposal wished to ‘clear cut’ the area on the south side of the North Toronto Community Center between the eastern driveway and the western boundary beside the ‘Art Barn’ building. The area is to be used for storage and construction vehicles

The OPA community involvement is:

  • We attend meetings on behalf of the membership and community as well as sit on a ‘working group’ Chaired by Councillor Cristin Carmichael-Greb (Ward 16) and as supported by our Councillor Josh Matlow ( Ward 22).
  • The working group is comprised of elected officials; Senior City of Toronto Staff including Metrolinx and Crosslinx staff. The local residents associations are represented by the Eglinton Avenue Road Community Association: the Eglinton Park Ratepayers Association as well as the OPA.
  • We will provide updates via our Twitter and Facebook Accounts as well our email subscribers as they come available.

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