Keelesdale Station sets groundwork for rail installation (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 (LRT) system, we’re constantly adding updates on the progress being made. Today, we’re at the heart of Caledonia Station, standing track-level at Keelesdale and can now practically see buses arriving at Mount Dennis.

It was the first station on Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown LRT project to start construction back in early 2016 – and mammoth Keelesdale is still one of the most impressive to see move ahead.

Looking at the most recent construction images from across Crosstown, Keelesdale stands out, even as it comes alive below the city.

The station has begun the first steps of rail installation, with track pads now placed along the platform level. The horizontal steel poles shown in the image below will hold overhead power lines.

A look at track level, with concrete walls and construction safety tape looped around metal poles.

Keelesdale Station has begun the first steps of rail installation.

To remind you, in addition to the three separate entrances that will provide access in and out of the station, Keelesdale will include an off-street bus loop to serve TTC buses, 60 outdoor bicycle parking spots and a new station plaza that will function as an area for people to meet, gather or relax while waiting for their ride.

The station’s estimated completion date is 2020.

As well, we can see the progress on Caledonia Station, as rebar installation continues as wall construction is ongoing throughout the ‘station box’.

Metal supports are shown shoring up a wall, down in a deep construction pit.

A long way down, the walls of Caledonia Station continue to be strengthened.

Now onto – and upward – to the bus terminal at Mount Dennis, and as paving work is well underway, you can now imagine customers getting on and off transit vehicles.

Outside a partially completed station, new concrete and pavement wait for next stages.

Paving is put down in Mount Dennis, for countless buses – and passengers – to come.

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