TORONTO — An investigation is ongoing following a significant movement of earth on a site where the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project is being constructed.
The incident, which occurred the afternoon of Oct. 20, happened near the exit portal at Brentcliffe, located at Brentcliffe Road and Eglinton Avenue, in the Leaside neighbourhood of Toronto. It happened adjacent to residential properties but nobody was injured and Eglinton Avenue was not closed as a result of the incident, Metrolinx reports.
“The area is roped off for safety and residents’ fences and properties appear undamaged but we are still investigating,” said Anne Marie Aikins, senior manager of media and spokesperson for Metrolinx, in an email to the Daily Commercial News.
Engineers from Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS), the consortium on the project, were onsite following the incident, working to stabilize the area so they can then continue building the supporting wall.
Eglinton is being widened at that point to accommodate the LRT portal, Aikins said.
“Engineers have been working hard to fully investigate the impact of the incident and put in place measures to stabilize the area and ensure the soil remains secure,” she said. “They need to ensure the worksite and adjacent properties are 100 per cent safe.”
Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario awarded the contract for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to the CTS consortium in 2015. It is comprised of ACS-Dragados, Aecon, EllisDon and SNC-Lavalin.
The transit system consists of 25 stations and stops between Weston Road and Kennedy Station along Eglinton Avenue West. The line will link 54 bus routes, three interchange subway stations and GO Transit.
“Safety is critical to everything we do and we are confident Crosslinx is taking the issue seriously,” Aikins stated.