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Woodbine station elevator construction begins

Woodbine subway station, which is two years shy of the half century mark, will be seeing a major overhaul in the coming years.

Construction on elevators to make the station fully accessible, along with a second exit on the west side of Woodbine Avenue, is set to begin in the coming weeks. Other improvements will include automatic sliding doors to both the street and bus platform, improved signage and a slight face lift to the exterior.

A pre-construction open house on Jan. 27 offered a detailed look at the plan to the public.

The station will stay open for the duration of construction. Disruption should be expected during the major project, but TTC officials are promising to make every effort to minimize the impact on neighbours and local commuters.

Two properties were purchased by the TTC – 998 Woodbine, at the northwest corner of Strathmore, will be the location of the second exit, while 996 Woodbine, on the southwest corner, will house a construction office. An excavation pit will be located in the backyard of 996.

During the first two-year phase of the project one lane of Strathmore will be closed. Starting in the second phase, set to begin in late 2015, both Woodbine bus routes will board on Strathmore, while the bus loop is repaved.

The anticipated completion date for the project is summer 2017. For more information, search Woodbine station at ttc.ca.

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