The City of Toronto is planning to install a new 630 metre multi-use trail (MUT) for active transportation on the north side of Ellesmere Road, between Markham Road and Scarborough Golf Club Road.

Pre-Construction Notice – August 27, 2020

What could the Multi-Use Trail mean for you?

  • Improved safety for people walking, cycling and driving with separated facilities
  • Increased cycling connectivity to existing Ellesmere Road Trail (Scarborough Golf Club to Military Trail Road) and the Upper Highland Creek Trail (under construction)
  • Improved urban design and streetscape appearance
  • No changes to TTC bus routes and stop locations, traffic or curb lanes
  • No changes to Wheel-Trans, emergency services or other City services
  • Enhanced design for better safety at the westbound Dormington Drive TTC stop

Map of new trail

The 3.0 metre-wide bidirectional MUT will be installed between Markham Road and Scarborough Golf Club Road in the following locations:

  • West of Dormington Drive: it will be installed between the trees and the road
  • East of Dormington Drive: it will be installed next to the sidewalk
  • There will be some tree removals that will be replaced after project completion.

West of Dormington Drive

West of dormington cross section

East of Dormington Drive

Cross section showing new trail, street and sidewalk

This work is part of the City’s Council-approved Cycling Network Plan to connect existing cycling infrastructure and is aligned with the City’s goals through the TransformTO climate action strategy to increase trips taken by foot or bike to reduce the City’s impact on the environment.

Cycling is one of the fastest-growing transportation modes in Toronto. The City is working to make travel by bike safer and more inviting.  Making it easier for people to choose to cycle, helps ease congestion on the streets and transit, creates a cleaner environment and promotes a healthier public.  The City supports cycling by building and maintaining bike lanes and multi-use trails, installing bike parking facilities, distributing bike network maps, and carrying out other campaigns and projects to promote cycling confidence and safe road use behaviour.

Learn more at toronto.ca/cycling

You may experience noise and other inconveniences during installation. The City will make efforts to reduce the impacts. We appreciate your patience. The City is not responsible for damage to privately owned items on City property.

  • Work Hours: Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday, with work after hours and on weekends as required.
  • Physical Distancing: During construction work, the contractor is responsible for the Health & Safety on site under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and is expected to implement COVID-19 mitigation practices. There are times when contractors need to communicate with property owners about what is happening on-site. Contractor’s staff will be identifiable by their high-visibility clothing. Please practice physical distancing with workers so everyone can remain safe.
  • Road and Sidewalk Access: Sidewalks will remain accessible and pedestrians will be safely detoured around the work area.
  • Emergency Vehicle Access: Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.
  • Driveway Access: The contractor will notify you of any temporary restrictions to driveway access.
  • Transit: TTC bus routes will continue to follow their regular schedule during construction. Please follow posted signage for any temporary stop relocations or visit ttc.ca for schedule information.
  • Parking: Parking in the active work zone is not permitted as space is needed for construction equipment and materials.
  • Accessible Accommodation: Residents who require accommodation should contact staff to arrange for access during installation by contacting: Robyn.Shyllit@toronto.ca or 416-392-3358

Building a great city takes time. Better infrastructure is worth the wait for all of us.