A massive tunnel and cavern underneath Eglinton Avenue where Laird Station is being built

No Stranger Things – Eglinton Crosstown LRT station marks milestone after two year long epic dig (Photos of the day)

As we’ve taken readers from end to end at every stop and station along Toronto’s Crosstown light rail transit system, we’re constantly adding updates on the progress being made. Today, we’re celebrating a progress milestone in the Crosstown construction journey. After years of sweat, dirt and digging, Laird Station is now the first of the mined stations to be fully excavated. 

Don’t let these dark caverns drag you down.

You aren’t staring at a portal into the Upside Down – that dark world of the Netflix series Stranger Things – these are the tunnels that house the future of Toronto’s rapid transit. In fact, after two years of excavation work, things are looking bright at Laird Station.

Laird Station is now officially the first of the three mined stations to be completely dug out.

Mining involves digging a massive underground cave and then building the station inside. This helps to minimize disruptions to everything above ground.

How massive are these passages under the city? Try 500 metres long. That’s the length of two TD Bank towers stacked end-to-end.

A massive tunnel and cavern underneath Eglinton Avenue where Laird Station is being built
Laird Station is the first of the mined stations on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project to be completely excavated.

From here, construction crews will continue bringing Laird Station to life beneath the hustle and bustle of Eglinton Avenue.

Further west, the milestones continue.

Construction crews just finished their final concrete pour on what will be the roof of Fairbank Station.

Photo of a large hole in the ground below Eglinton where concrete has been poured into a smooth slab that will make up the roof of the underground station.
Progress keeps pouring in for the Crosstown as the final concrete pour was recently completed for the roof at Fairbank Station.

The next step will be excavating underneath the finished station roof, once the concrete dries, of course.

Now we move to the outstanding work going on above ground, where more concrete is being poured.

Near the eastern end of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT route, it’s full steam ahead on Eglinton’s Golden Mile.

Photo of construction at street level on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT tracks and concrete being installed for the tracks.

While the temperatures are starting to cool off, work doesn’t slow down. Concrete pours, electrical work and rail installation continue into the fall.

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(This story was updated on Nov. 4, 2019, to reflect a change from the reported length of the dig from ‘three’ to ‘two’ years.)