Eglinton West Tunnel


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Eglinton LRT Western Tunnel

Toronto, ON

Client:  Metrolinx
Delivery Model: Design-Bid-Build
Prime Consultant:  Hatch
Value:  $319.7 million
Completion: November 2016


The project involved the construction of a 6.5-km-long, twin-bored tunnel running beneath Eglinton Avenue from Black Creek Station to Yonge Street Station in Toronto.

The tunnels were constructed using earth pressure balance tunnel boring machines (TBMs) and pre-cast tunnel lining segments. The internal diameter of the tunnels are 5.75 m. The project included traffic diversion and intersection signalization.

The work also included: secant pile headwalls at three stations, jet grouting headwalls and four stations; nine cross passages between tunnels, and installation of an extensive instrumentation system to monitor for settlement. A jet grout system was used to densify the ground to keep existing utilities in operation during construction.

Kenaidan built the launch shaft for the TBM under a separate contract, which included the excavation of a 60-m-long x 20-m-wide x 17-m-deep access shaft for the TBMs.