Big yellow truck – how an unusual vehicle makes working at heights a breeze on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT

In the latest photos from the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit project, we look at essential surface level work on the east end and then dig deep into things below the surface at Avenue and Eglinton stations.  

A unique piece of machinery has made ladders and scaffolding a thing of the past on some parts of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.

If you live in Toronto’s east end you might have noticed some interesting work going on along Eglinton Avenue – including a big yellow vehicle. No, that’s not the LRT in action. It’s actually a special truck that runs along the newly installed tracks to help crews install things up high.

Recently, construction crews were using this specialized vehicle to install the trackside radio system – a critical communications tool – for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

construction teams using a specialized rail mounted vehicle for installing things high up,

Along the surface section near Victoria Park, construction teams are using a specialized rail mounted vehicle for the process, which makes working at heights safer and more efficient (Metrolinx photo)

Further below the surface at Avenue Station, construction teams are keeping cool underground.

Far from the reaches of the scorching summer sun, crews are waterproofing Avenue Station. Keeping water and moisture out is essential to the longevity of any structure.

[July 6] Avenue

Below the city streets, waterproofing work is happening – part of the final lining of Avenue station. (Metrolinx photo)

Keeping with the theme, things shift to progress being made on the work taking place beneath one of Toronto’s busiest intersections.

Construction crews digging below the TTC Subway at Eglinton

Underpinning work on the Line 1 TTC subway at Eglinton Station is now complete and crews are digging out the area below to make room for the LRT (Metrolinx photo)

The intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue is home to one of the most important interchange stations on the Eglinton Crosstown route – Eglinton Station. This is one of the points where the Crosstown LRT will intersect with the TTC subway system.

Story by: Scott Money, Metrolinx media relations senior advisor