Ontario Construction News staff writer
A massive concrete pour at the Finch West LRT’s Keele and Finch station this fall utilized 118 cement trucks working in rotation.
“This milestone was successful because of great teamwork and diligent planning,” said Juan Andres Varela, general superintendent of Mosaic, Finch West LRT constructor.
“The team did the job quickly, but I am most proud of how they worked so well together and were always doing their best to keep each other safe throughout the process.”
Metrolinx called the work – pouring a record 1,040 cubic metres of concrete “a king of pours.”
The process took workers about 15 hours, with 118 cement trucks continuously alternating pours on a rotating basis throughout the day.
There were two functioning cement pumps operating for the pour, with another in reserve and 60 people on the ground, including 10 flag people and two paid duty officers controlling traffic.
Work was concentrated on Finch Station’s main entrance and concourse slab. Next steps include formwork and rebar installation, removal of temporary support beams, waterproofing and the installation of perimeter walls.
With 18 stops across 11 kilometres of rail, the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) line will run along Finch Avenue West from Keele Street to Highway 27, where it will turn, then travel south to the Humber College north campus. It will connect with Toronto as well as Peel and York Regions local transit.