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As part of the TTC’s commitment to safety and modernization, Donlands Station (Line 2) will be getting new elevators to provide accessibility, and a new Secondary Exit/Entrance to improve customer safety and convenience. To minimize the duration of overall construction, the TTC will build the Donlands Station Easier Access project at the same time as the second exit/entrance project:

  • The TTC Board unanimously approved the Local Working Group’s recommended Second Exit/Entrance location at 17/19 Dewhurst Boulevard.
  • New elevators will serve the existing station entrance at Strathmore Boulevard and Donlands Avenue.

Please view the online construction open house presentation on the project page.


Update - October 14, 2021 to December 2021

Construction crews continue work to install caissons for the future second exit/entrance location of Donlands Station. Pending weather, the caisson work will be completed at the end of December 2021. The work area is in the construction work zone along 1 – 12 Strathmore Boulevard and on Dewhurst Boulevard.

Caisson Installation

A drill rig is installing a series of vertical caissons for the permanent second exit/entrance walls and for the walkways to the Line 2 subway platforms. Caissons are formed by drilling and placing a hollow tube into the ground, placing a large steel beam with a crane into the tube, and filling it with concrete. These “piles” of concrete will form the foundation of the future entrance/exit walls and walkways.

What to Expect

  • A drill rig, a vacuum truck, concrete trucks, dump trucks and a crane will be on site for the caisson installation. Crews will be working around the perimeter of the Dewhurst and Strathmore construction site.
  • Noise and vibration should be expected with this work from the drill rig and vacuum truck. The contractor is monitoring vibration and noise and complying with City of Toronto Noise and Construction Vibration By-Laws.
  • An increase in construction activities, equipment and site staff will be noticeable in the general area.
  • A water truck is scheduled to power wash Strathmore Boulevard from the construction site to Donlands Avenue each Friday afternoon.

Timing

  • Caisson installation work continues until the end of December 2021, along 1 – 12 Strathmore Boulevard. Some work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Work is typically scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. Weekend work will be scheduled if required.
  • Construction crews arrive on site at 6:30 a.m. but will not begin to work until 7 a.m.

Parking, traffic and pedestrian access

  • Parking on Strathmore Boulevard (between Dewhurst Boulevard and Donlands Avenue) has been removed from the street to facilitate the storage and safe movement of equipment and vehicles. Short term parking for pick-up/drop-offs is permitted.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Elevator Construction at Donlands Station Support of Excavation - August 31 to October 29

What we are doing and why

Crews on behalf of the TTC continue work on the future eastbound elevator for the Easier Access project for Donlands Station. The support of excavation on the southwest corner is expected to be finished at the end of October. Support of excavation work has already been completed for the future westbound elevator at the north-west corner of Donlands Ave and Strathmore Blvd.

Work Hours

Work activities will take place between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with extended hours if required.

Please note that work is required this Saturday, September 25. The work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Traffic and pedestrian restrictions

  • Please follow designated pedestrian walkways and signs on Donlands Ave and Strathmore Blvd.
  • There will be on-going southbound right lane restrictions on Donlands Ave south of Fielding Ave to Donlands Station.

TTC service

  • The Donlands Station Bus Loop is closed for elevator construction work until Q3 2022.
  • A temporary bus pad and stop has been added in front of Donlands Station for pick-up of customers for the 56 Leaside service.
  • The drop-off location for the 56 Leaside bus service is just north of Strathmore Blvd on the west side of Donlands Avenue.

Elevator construction and caisson work resumes - update as of August 31

What we are doing and why

Beginning this week, crews on behalf of the TTC will continue work on the future eastbound elevator for the Easier Access project for Donlands Station. The work will take place on the south-west corner of Donlands Avenue and Strathmore Boulevard. The support of excavation work is scheduled for 4 weeks, pending weather.

Caisson work has been completed for the future westbound elevator at the north-west corner of Donlands Avenue and Strathmore Boulevard.

Work Hours

  • Work activities will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with extended hours if required.
  • Some work on Saturday, September 11th & 18th may be required to expedite. No work is planned during the long weekend.

Traffic and pedestrian restrictions

  • Please follow designated pedestrian walkways and signs on Donlands Avenue and Strathmore Boulevard.
  • There will be on-going southbound right lane restrictions on Donlands Avenue south of Fielding Avenue to Donlands Station.

TTC service

  • The Donlands Station Bus Loop is closed for elevator construction work until Q3 2022.
  • A temporary bus pad and stop has been added in front of Donlands Station for pick-up of customers for the 56 Leaside service.
  • The drop-off location for the 56 Leaside bus service is just north of Strathmore Blvd on the west side of Donlands Avenue.

Fire alarm testing - September 1

On Wednesday, September 1st from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. the contractor will be testing the fire system for Donlands Station. This will take place in the construction hoarding at Donlands Station and noise will be minimal.


Caisson installation on Strathmore Boulevard - update as of August 23, 2021

What we are doing and why

Beginning on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, crews on behalf of the TTC will resume work on the Easier Access project for Donlands Station, for the future westbound elevator at the north-west corner of Donlands Ave and Strathmore Blvd immediately in front of 40 Donlands Ave. The support of excavation work is scheduled for 7-10 days, pending weather.

Work Hours

  • Work activities will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with extended hours if required. Some work on Saturdays may be required to expedite.
  • The work schedule for the other elevator site on the south-west corner will be updated after this work is completed.

Traffic and pedestrian restrictions

  • Please follow designated pedestrian walkways and signs on Donlands Ave and Strathmore Blvd.
  • There will be on-going southbound right lane restrictions on Donlands Ave south of Fielding Ave to Donlands Station.

TTC service

  • The Donlands Station Bus Loop is closed for elevator construction work until Q3 2022.
  • A temporary bus pad and stop has been added in front of Donlands Station for pick-up of customers for the 56 Leaside service.
  • The drop-off location for the 56 Leaside bus service is just north of Strathmore Blvd on the west side of Donlands Avenue.

Elevator construction begins at Donlands Avenue and Strathmore Boulevard - June 4, 2021

What we are doing and why

Beginning on Monday, June 7, 2021, crews on behalf of the TTC will begin work on the Easier Access project for Donlands Station, for the future westbound elevator at the north-west corner of Donlands Ave and Strathmore Blvd immediately in front of 40 Donlands Ave. There is a child care centre at this location and extra care is being taken to do the noisy excavation and caisson work from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Work Hours and Noise

The noisier excavation and caisson work will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Friday. There will be regular construction activity in this area from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Traffic and pedestrian restrictions

  • Please follow designated pedestrian walkways and signs on Donlands Ave and Strathmore Blvd.
  • There will be on-going southbound right lane restrictions on Donlands Ave south of Fielding Ave to Donlands Station.

TTC service

  • The Donlands Station Bus Loop is also closed for elevator construction work until Q3 2022.
  • A temporary bus pad and stop has been added in front of Donlands Station for pick-up of customers for the 56 Leaside service. The drop-off location for the 56 Leaside bus service is just north of Strathmore Blvd on the west side of Donlands Avenue.

Thank you for your patience as we undertake this important work to improve accessibility in Toronto.


Bus loop closure - starting May 10, 2021

The Donlands Station bus loop will be closed and buses will not enter the station for approximately one year.

What to Expect

  • The work zones at the northwest and southwest corners of Strathmore Boulevard and Donlands Avenue will be expanded for the elevator construction.
  • One lane of traffic in each direction and sidewalk access on Donlands Avenue will be maintained.
  • The start of heavier construction, including excavation and caisson work will commence after the work zone is set up.
  • Construction trucks, equipment and site staff will be present in the area including excavators and a caisson drill rig.
  • Work hours will typically be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some loud work activities will extend to 9 p.m. to accommodate the Metamorphosis Daycare activities.

Bus service changes during the full Donlands Station bus loop closure:

  • The bus loop will be closing on Monday, May 10, to support construction of elevators. Temporary bus stops for the 83 Jones and 56 Leaside bus will be established on Donlands Avenue until summer 2022.
  • Passengers can board 83 Jones and 56 Leaside buses on Donlands Avenue, just south of the station.
  • The passenger drop-off for 56 Leaside will be on Donlands Avenue, just north of Strathmore.
  • Customer service representatives will be assisting customers the first week of the closure
  • Customers will need to provide Proof-of-Payment.

Toronto Hydro pole relocations - starting May 10, 2021

As early as Monday, May 10, 2021 crews on behalf of the TTC will be working to relocate Toronto Hydro wiring and poles along Strathmore Boulevard (between Dewhurst Boulevard and Donlands Avenue), Fielding Avenue (between Dew Lang Lane and Dewhurst Boulevard) and on Dewhurst Boulevard (between Fielding and Strathmore).

Work hours and noise

The work is planned to occur Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work vehicles will be visible in the area in to complete this work and may include the use of a hydrovac truck, digger, boring machine and overhead lifting trucks.

Some noise can be expected during this work.

Traffic and parking restrictions

  • Parking will not be permitted in the work zone.
  • Access to driveways will be maintained.
  • The traffic lanes and work zone will be restored at the end of each work day.

Pedestrian impact

Some work may take place in the curb lane or sidewalk. Pedestrians may be redirected to use the sidewalk on the other side of the street.


Strathmore Boulevard Pedestrian access closes at Dewhurst Avenue - April 19, 2021 to Q1 2023

Beginning the week of April 19, 2021, crews will close sidewalk access on the north side of Strathmore Blvd at Dewhurst Blvd for the second exit/entrance construction project. The sidewalks and public access to 1 – 14 Strathmore Blvd will be closed for approximately two years.

On March 24, 2021, access at Dewhurst Blvd to Strathmore was closed to vehicles and pedestrians on the south side of Strathmore Blvd. On Monday, April 19, 2021, the sidewalk on the north side of Strathmore Blvd at Dewhurst Blvd will also be closed from 2 – 14 Strathmore Blvd. Only private residential access for homes (and their deliveries) within the work zone (1 – 14 Strathmore Boulevard) will be maintained from Dewhurst Blvd. All other vehicular and pedestrian traffic will have to use Danforth Avenue as an alternate for east/west travel.

What to Expect

  • Construction crews will erect barriers on the west side of Strathmore Blvd at Dewhurst Blvd to close access to the north sidewalk from 2 – 14 Strathmore Blvd.
  • Residents from 1 – 14 Strathmore will have private access walkways installed from Dewhurst Blvd.
  • Removal of front yard landscaping, sidewalk and construction of the walkway, on the north-side of Strathmore Blvd will begin.
  • Installation of a temporary path and signage for local access or deliveries only (2-14 Strathmore Blvd).
  • Utility relocation work will begin on the north side of Strathmore Blvd once the sidewalk is closed off at Dewhurst Blvd.
  • Caisson installation continues at the construction site on Dewhurst Blvd.
  • Construction trucks, equipment and site staff will be present in the general area.

Parking impacts

  • Parking has been removed on Strathmore Blvd between Donlands Ave and Dewhurst Blvd except for construction vehicles and equipment.
  • The accessible parking stalls on the south-side of Strathmore Blvd east of 11 Strathmore Blvd will be maintained.
  • Alternative parking arrangements have been made with permit holders who live on Strathmore Blvd between Donlands Ave and Dewhurst Blvd. These permit holders can park in the 31 Langford Avenue (Lot 142) or 12 Woodycrest Avenue (Lot 149) parking lots or in the 8A permit area.
  • Additional on-street permit parking has been added to the east side of Dewhurst Blvd between Fielding Ave and Strathmore Blvd.

Traffic and pedestrian access

  • Strathmore Blvd will be open to local traffic from Donlands Ave only.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of Strathmore Blvd will be removed from 2 – 14 Strathmore.
  • The neighbourhood is encouraged to use Danforth Avenue as an alternative for east/west travel.
  • Pedestrian access for homes within the work zone only (1-14 Strathmore Blvd) will be maintained from Dewhurst Blvd.

Timing

  • Some work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Strathmore Boulevard closed at Dewhurst Avenue beginning March 24

Beginning on March 24, crews closed Strathmore Boulevard at Dewhurst Boulevard for the second exit/entrance construction project. The work areas are in the construction site at 17/19 Dewhurst Boulevard and on Strathmore Boulevard east of Dewhurst Boulevard.

Only private residential access for homes within the work zone (1 – 14 Strathmore Boulevard) will be maintained from Dewhurst Boulevard. All other vehicle and pedestrian traffic will have to use Danforth Avenue as alternates for east/west travel.

What to Expect

  • City crews will be on Dewhurst Avenue converting the road to one-way southbound from a point 12 metres north of Strathmore Boulevard and a point 40 metres north of Danforth Avenue (in order to maintain driveway access for residents on Dewhurst Boulevard north of Strathmore).
  • Construction barriers were installed around the construction site on Strathmore Boulevard at Dewhurst Boulevard to create a safe work zone.
  • Watermain and Toronto Hydro pole relocation work will take place on Strathmore Boulevard.
  • Caisson installation continues at the construction site at 17/19 Dewhurst Boulevard. Caisson work will continue on Dewhurst Boulevard and Strathmore Boulevard within the hoarded work zone.
  • Construction trucks, equipment and site staff will be present in the general area.

Parking impacts

  • Parking will be removed on Strathmore Boulevard between Donlands Avenue and Dewhurst Boulevard except for construction vehicles and equipment.
  • The accessible parking stall on the south-side of Strathmore Boulevard near 11 Strathmore Boulevard will be maintained.
  • Additional on-street permit parking has been added to the east side of Dewhurst Boulevard between Fielding Avenue and Strathmore Boulevard.

Traffic and pedestrian access

  • Dewhurst Boulevard will be converted to one-way southbound from a point 12 metres north of Strathmore Boulevard and a point 40 metres north of Danforth Avenue (in order to maintain driveway access for residents on Dewhurst Boulevard north of Strathmore Boulevard).
  • Strathmore Boulevard will be open to local traffic from Donlands Avenue only.
  • The east side of the sidewalk on Dewhurst Boulevard from Strathmore Boulevard to the laneway north will be closed due to construction. The sidewalk on the west side of Dewhurst Boulevard will remain open. The sidewalks on both sides of Strathmore Blvd will be open east of 13 and 14 Strathmore Blvd for local use. The neighbourhood is encouraged to use Danforth Avenue as an alternative for east/west travel.
  • Pedestrian access for homes within the work zone only (1-14 Strathmore Boulevard) will be maintained from Dewhurst Boulevard.

Timing

  • Some work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Construction begins at Strathmore Boulevard and Dewhurst Boulevard with Caisson installation - continues in April and May

Beginning in March 2021, crews began installing caissons at the future second exit/entrance location for Donlands Station. The work area is in construction site at 17/19 Dewhurst Avenue. The caisson installation will continue along Dewhurst Boulevard and then moved to the construction site on Strathmore Boulevard.

Caisson Installation

A drill rig will work to install a series of vertical caissons for the permanent second exit/entrance walls. Caissons are formed by drilling and placing a hollow tube into the ground, placing a large steel beam with a crane into the tube, and filling it with concrete. These “piles” of concrete will form the foundation of the future entrance/exit building. However, unlike a foundation for a house – where a hole is dug and then the foundation walls are built –crews drill overlapping caissons to form the foundation wall, then dig the hole. The caisson wall supports the future second exit/entrance building and the neighbouring buildings. Similar work was done successfully for the second exit/entrance buildings and elevators for Chester, Coxwell and Woodbine stations adjacent to neighbouring homes. The photo shows the vertical caisson wall for the Chester Station second exit/entrance building beside a home.

What to Expect

A drill rig, vacuum truck and crane will be on site for the caisson installation. Caisson installation stabilizes the soil, creates a safe work zone, and is typical on construction sites where dewatering will be done. This photo shows caisson installation next to a neighbouring house at Coxwell Station. Crews will be drilling around the perimeter of the second exit/entrance site and there will be noise and vibration with this work from the drill rig and vacuum truck.

  • Noise and vibration should be expected with this work from the drill rig and vacuum truck. The contractor is monitoring vibration and noise and complying with City of Toronto Noise and Construction Vibration By-Laws
  • New dust mitigation fencing in addition to the existing dust mitigation fencing and filters on neighbouring fences will be placed prior to the work.
  • Some on-street parking will be required for the construction trucks for deliveries to the site
  • Construction trucks, equipment and site staff will be present in the general area

Timing

  • Caisson installation began in March and is expected to continue along Dewhurst Boulevard during April and move to Strathmore Boulevard in May 2021.
  • Some work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Traffic, pedestrian and transit restrictions

Pedestrian walkways will remain open.


Third party utility work

Utility relocation work in the area - update as of April 16, 2021

In order to accommodate the safety and accessibility upgrades for Donlands Station, utility relocation work is required in the area. To date, Enbridge, Rogers, Toronto Hydro and watermain relocation work has been taking place in the area by third party contractors.

Planned works in the area are as follows:

  • Watermain relocation: ongoing at Donlands and Strathmore until May 2021
  • Rogers relocation work: completed
  • Enbridge work: ongoing at Strathmore and Dewhurst
  • Toronto Hydro work: planned to commence late April 2021

Work Hours

This work will typically take place Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with evening and weekend work as required and will include: cutting of asphalt/concrete, excavation, watermain relocation, gas line relocation, hydro pole relocation and tree cutting.

Traffic restrictions

Adjacent on-street parking near work areas may be blocked off during the utility work.

Pedestrian Impact

Sidewalk in the direct work zone may be closed or redirected temporarily as work activities are carried out.


Parking

During the majority of construction (3-4 years) there will be little to no street parking available on Strathmore Boulevard between Dewhurst Boulevard and Donlands Avenue. City of Toronto Transportation Services typically bags the existing signs and adds no parking signs. Parking will be removed in order to accommodate safe excavation and dewatering tanks that will be located on the south side of Strathmore Boulevard.

The water table in this area is high and placing these dewatering tanks is essential. The tanks assist in the process of separating solid waste from sludge and temporarily lowering groundwater levels for stable work underground. If you already have a street parking permit, you may park on any licensed street within your parking permit area (8A). City Transportation has confirmed there are parking spots available within area 8A. If you have a driveway or laneway access, you will be able to access your driveway/laneway using the available space on Strathmore Boulevard roadway and park your vehicle on your property.

The TTC reached out to the City of Toronto to request their assistance for items under City control in the City right-of-way. This includes the TTC’s request on our neighbours’ behalf to designate new on-street parking spots on Dewhurst Boulevard and a separate request to the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) for off-street parking availability in their lots on Langford and Woodycrest avenues. TPA approved the TTC's request to rent the Langford lot at their meeting on April 6, 2021. TTC is renting the parking lot for the parking spots that were displaced on Strathmore Boulevard.

The City has advised that they do not designate spaces for exclusive use and cannot designate the east side of Dewhurst for permit parking. If you already have a street parking permit, you may park on any licensed street within the permit area.


For further information:

Chris Joseph, Senior Community Liaison, Christina.Joseph@ttc.ca.

Niki Angelis, Community Liaison, Niki.Angelis.ttc.ca.

Alexa Aiken, Community Liaison, alexa.aiken@ttc.ca.