This way up – Haunting image of Laird station sees 360 degree progress

Throughout 2019, we’ve tried to show you images and video of all the work taking place across the Toronto light rail transit route. For one of our last pictures of the year, we have a bit of tunnel vision when it comes to Laird station.

Things are really looking up at Laird.

Once Toronto’s Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project is complete, Laird will become a turnback station. That means special track-work will allow the light rail vehicles to change directions at the facility.

So as one of our last Crosstown construction images of 2019, we thought it was fitting to come across one that – thanks to an optical illusion found by an eagle-eyed photographer – sees the inside of the Laird station tunnel almost flipped around.

Image shows a puddle of water reflecting the top of the concrete tunnel.

Our photographer caught this stunning optical illusion inside Laird Station recently, where crews continue to progress with permanent works inside the cavern. (Metrolinx photo)

The site, at the intersection of Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue, will be the 13th station heading east along the route.

The completed station will have two entrances, on-street connections to TTC bus routes, 60 outdoor bicycle parking spaces, a station plaza and retail space.

Construction of Laird began in 2016 with piling work and entrance excavation. Today, mining is ongoing beneath the roadway while traffic continues to flow undisrupted over top.

Though from this angle, it’s a bit difficult to quickly know which way is up.