Utility Work at Kennedy Station and the Surface Section


The old cliché states that if you dig a deep enough hole, eventually you’ll end up in China. 

If you start digging near a Crosstown construction site, however, you’ll probably encounter sewer pipe, Toronto Hydro lines, or telecom cables long before you find yourself in a different country. 

These utilities (a word for infrastructure like sewers, hydro, telecommunication and phone lines) run parallel to most of our city streets, both above and below ground; they provide the services we need to go about our daily lives. When building in this urban environment and specifically when building an LRT station or stop, these utilities must be rerouted around the construction zone so that these services remain uninterrupted. 

We recently began utility relocation starting with Toronto Hydro line rerouting at the future Kennedy Station and the eastern at-grade portion of the line, which covers the section of Eglinton Avenue between Birchmount Road and Kennedy Avenue. Currently, hydro poles in the area sit on Eglinton’s northern boulevard. Because we’re widening Eglinton – and thus pushing out the boulevard – to make room for the Crosstown, we need to install completely new hydro infrastructure underground on the south side. 

Hydro utility relocation at Kennedy Station

Hydro poles on the north side of Eglinton, soon to be removed

Here’s how we’re going to do it:

  1. Starting at Kennedy and moving west, we install poles, hardware, conductors and underground infrastructure on the south side.
  2. We energize the south side and connect it while disconnecting the north side.
  3. We remove the existing infrastructure on the north side.

“Hydro relocation is a complex process, but it’s essential for a project like the Crosstown,” says Steven Mamo, Utilities Coordinator for Kennedy and East At-Grade. “Our focus is making sure that utility service remains uninterrupted during construction. By installing and testing the south-side lines prior to switching off the north side, we can ensure that the transition is seamless.”

Hydro relocation is only one part of a long and complex process. Following this work, we’ll move on to telecom relocations and water and sewer relocations. Stay tuned for future updates as this work progresses.