The Chesswood Drive project was by approved in the Cycling Network Plan by City Council on June 9, 2021.
The City of Toronto has planned a road resurfacing on Chesswood Drive from Sheppard Avenue West to Champagne Drive in 2022. The planned resurfacing provides an opportunity to review Chesswood Drive for safety improvements including new or improved pedestrian crossings, new sidewalks, raised cycle tracks, and improved roadway widths for large vehicles.
Chesswood Drive is a minor arterial that carries an average of 15,000 vehicles/day. There is one travel lane in each direction between Sheppard Avenue West Drive and Champagne Drive with turn lanes at the major intersections. Over the five-year period between 2015 and 2019, there were approximately 271 collisions with no serious injury.
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) 117 Alness-Chesswood bus route operates along the length of the corridor with eight existing TTC bus stops. The area is industrial with many employment destinations and falls within the DUKE Heights BIA.
The existing sidewalks are sub-standard and there is a missing sidewalk link on the east side from Vanley Crescent (southern intersection) to 20 metres south of Champagne Drive. There are no existing bikeways along Chesswood Drive.
At the time of programming the state of good repair work, a number of project objectives were established in alignment with City Council adopted policies including the Cycling Network Plan, Vision Zero Road Safety Plan and TransformTO. The Chesswood Drive project objectives are to provide a safe, continuous cycling and pedestrian connection for the neighbourhood and eventually to connect to the Finch Hydro Corridor Trail and incorporate Duke Heights BIA streetscape features. This corridor is essential to the cycling and walking network due to the limited roadway network in the area. There are no other identified feasible parallel routes.
These changes were considered in the Cycling Network Plan by Infrastructure and Environment Committee on May 25, 2021. The report was approved by City Council on June 9, 2021.
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Roadway asphalt will be removed and replaced with new asphalt. Some curb adjustments at key locations will be made to facilitate safe truck movements. Existing sidewalks will be reconstructed to meet accessibility requirements including the addition of intersection curb depressions and tactile walking surface indicators. The sidewalks are planned to be widened to 2.1m, where not in conflict with large trees or utilities.
New BIA branded benches, bike racks and waste bins will be added where possible.
A new signalized intersection is planned at Chesswood Drive and Champagne Drive.
A new sidewalk is planned to be installed on the east side of Chesswood Drive from Vanley Crescent (south intersection) to 20m south of Champagne Drive.
Raised uni-directional cycle tracks are planned between Champagne Drive and Sheppard Avenue West. This project has no impact to motor vehicle lanes. The cycle tracks would provide a connection to the Finch Hydro Corridor Trail through future bikeway projects on Champagne Drive and Alness Street.
TTC bus stops are planned to be consolidated and updated. The bus stops on both the west and east side of Chesswood Drive between Steeprock Drive and Vanley Crescent (south intersection) will be removed because they are located mid-block with no safe crossing. The four bus stops between Vanley Crescent (south intersection) and Vanley Crescent (north intersection) will be consolidated and upgraded to two stops with transit shelters and concrete bus pads.