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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Project area on Chesswood Drive is from Sheppard Ave West to Champagne Drive. Uni-Directional Cycle Tracks will be added to both sides of the street.

As part of the road resurfacing project, the following improvements will be made:

State-of-Good Repair

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.

DUKE Heights BIA Features

New BIA branded benches, bike racks and waste bins will be added where possible.

Intersection Safety Improvements

A new signalized intersection is planned at Chesswood Drive and Champagne Drive.

New Sidewalk

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 Cycle Tracks

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 Stop

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.

If you drive on the street:

  • No reductions to vehicle travel lanes.
  • Lane width increases at curves to accommodate heavy truck turns.
  • All laneway and driveway access will remain unchanged, except for some curb radii changes within the public right of way per the City’s heavy truck curb radii guidelines.

If you cycle:

  • Raised uni-directional cycle tracks on both sides of the street will be installed.
  • The cycle tracks will be physically separated from motor vehicle travel lanes and the sidewalks, which will reduce conflicts with motor vehicles and people walking, and provide a safer experience for all road users.

If you walk:

  • Sheppard Avenue West, Steeprock Drive and Champagne Drive intersections will be improved to increase safety for people walking.
  • All existing sidewalks will be repoured and will be widened to 2.1m, wherever possible.
  • A missing sidewalk will be installed on the east side of Chesswood Drive between Vanley Crescent (south intersection) and Champagne Drive.
  • New DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA) branded benches, bike racks and waste bins will be added to the streetscape.

If you use TTC:

  • Two TTC stops in each direction will be removed and relocated as part of the TTC stop consolidation policy. See the project map for new stop locations.

If you live or work in the neighbourhood:

  • City services such as fire, emergency medical services, solid waste pick-up, and snow clearing will continue as usual. There will be no impact on existing traffic flow or speed limits.
  • The sidewalk and cycle track construction will require the use of the city boulevard and property encroachments may be affected. The City will communicate directly with the businesses with right of way changes that may impact their operations.

Street Trees:

  • Unfortunately, some street trees will need to be removed due to the conflict with the sidewalk and cycle track. Where soil volumes allow, new trees will be planted to enhance the health of the urban forest, enhance air quality and mitigate the urban heat island effect.