Update: As of January 15, 2010, the signs around the closed stairway have been updated to give an opening date of “May 2010”. The signs pointing to these exits are still uncovered and lit, causing people to head for them only to discover that they are closed.
Original post from January 6:
On January 5, the Star reported on the new, but closed, stairway from the east end of the Broadview Station platform.
For many years (the Star says “at least two”, but it was much longer), Broadview Station was under construction to reconfigure the streetcar and bus platforms, add elevators and provide a second exit from the platforms to meet current fire codes.
The work took much longer than originally projected because, to keep annual expenses within budget caps, the project was subdivided.
The new stairways opened for a time, but it didn’t take long for water to leak into the station to the point the stairs were unsafe, and they have been closed since late summer 2009. According to the TTC’s Brad Ross, the TTC and City are trying to figure out where the water is coming from. Meanwhile, there was some work to clean up discoloured tiles in December, but the water is still coming in, and that work was a waste of time.
The water is no surprise to anyone who has actually lived at Broadview as I do. The station had water at the east end ever since it opened and needed major work to seal the structural joints in the tunnel roof a few years ago. An important part of any new structure’s design and construction would have to be waterproofing. What happened?
From a safety point of view, the TTC has never covered off the large, illuminated signs showing the exits, and in an emergency someone could erroneously think they are an alternate way out of the station.
This has been a frustrating experience both for the community (we finally got our park back after years as a construction staging site) and for users of the station, not to mention a textbook example of how not to manage a project.