Photos: Meet the giant machines set to dig the Eglinton Crosstown LRT

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Almost two decades since the last effort to dig a transit tunnel along Eglinton Avenue was halted, construction of the Crosstown LRT tunnel is set to begin anew.

One of two tunnel-boring machines that will be used to dig the 11-kilometre underground portion of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is now in place, with the other soon to follow. Both are due to start digging on May 15.

“This a historic day for Toronto, for Ontario and for public transit,” said Glen Murray, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, during a media tour Tuesday of the launch site for the tunnel-boring machines at Eglinton Avenue West and Black Creek Drive.

Darren Calabrese / National Post

Darren Calabrese / National Post

The Eglinton LRT project is almost one year behind the original start date, a delay Mr. Murray blames on the complexity of building the launch shaft and the delivery of the giant tunnel boring machines.

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