West Toronto Diamond retaining walls at Dundas St West and Dupont Ave

interlocking steel pipe piling system
interlocking steel pipe piling system being used in the West Toronto Diamond project

At Dundas St West and the Annette St and Dupont St. crossover and along Hook Ave for a short  Junction railroad history is being made.  Right now contractors are forcing into the ground retaining walls to form the walls of the underground corridor which will carry the Canadian National (CN) tracks under the Candaian Pacfic Railway tracks (CPR).

Information on the process from one of the engineering companies involved

The retaining walls comprising the depressed corridor are approximately one kilometer in length, with a maximum excavation depth of 11 metres. A very significant added complication to the project was the relatively shallow ground water table which was found approximately five metres below existing grade.
The proposed wall system set out in the preliminary design report for this project was an interlocking steel pipe piling system. This type of piling was developed in Japan and was found to be virtually unknown in Ontario. It proved to have a number of advantages including the potential to virtually eliminate de-watering from this project, by means of cutting-off the ground water by means of the permanent steel pile walls. Extensive de-watering would otherwise be required and it was anticipated that such de-watering would be costly, subject to risks, claims
and delays, and the subject of concerns from environmental perspectives as long-term dewatering could draw contaminants to the site.

Here is a link with hoards of technical information and some great images – a PDF will open in a new window

METROLINX IS NEW PROPONENT OF GEORGETOWN LINE [their press release opens in new window]

This Blogs earlier post on the closing City staff ok’s temporary closing Old Weston Rd, at Junction Road

Metrolinx to fast-track airport link Toronto Star Article [opens in new window]


In the link you provided to the engineering paper on the West Toronto Diamond, they talk about the 'silent piling' method.
Surely this method is not being used.
I can hear the pounding from inside High Park.

Yes been thinking about the method they are using too. It may be the machines are not imported into Canada or some other technical reason (soil type?) . It's one of the items, that would be interesting to find out. Although that is the only Canadian paper on the subject that we could find.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: