A fire broke out at the Highway 407 station box on Wednesday, February 20 – part of the CA$405 million Northern Tunnels contract held by the OHL/FCC JV for Toronto Transit Commission’s Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) Project – when the contractor’s high angle spoil conveyor caught fire just after 1.30pm. No one was injured in the blaze and the fire was quickly brought under control.
Black, thick smoke could be seen as far south as Sheppard Avenue, with Jane Street closed in both directions between Steeles Avenue and Interchange Way to accommodate fire fighters and the subsequent investigation. The roads reopened at around 4pm.
The TYSSE, which features 6.7km (4.1-miles) of EPBM bored tunnels and six state-of-the-art stations, will be the first subway in Toronto to extend over the City’s boundary into the new corporate developments within York Region – one of the fastest growing areas of North America. The CA$2.63 billion extension, which is being funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and the Regional Municipality of York – involving over 100 different stakeholders – runs in a north westerly direction from Downsview Station.
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The TYSSE project is split into six construction packages. These include four separate construction contracts for the Finch West, York University, Steeles West and Vaughan Corporate Centre cut and cover stations; as well as two 5.4m (17.7ft) i.d. twin-bored EPBM tunnel construction contracts that each also include a cut and cover station to facilitate TBM mobilization (the Southern tunnels combined with Sheppard West and the Northern tunnels packaged with Highway 407 Station).
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