Road repairs and upgrades are planned on Huntingwood Drive to begin in 2023 due to the poor condition of the road. Opportunities for road reconstruction only happen every 50-100 years, and are a once in a lifetime opportunity to implement changes to improve safety and operations for people driving, taking transit, walking and cycling.
This project is part of the Council-approved 2023-24 Capital Works Program to renew aging City roads, bikeways and sidewalk for current and future needs.
The City of Toronto will rehabilitate Huntingwood Drive from Pharmacy Avenue to Kennedy Road due to the condition of the roadway, sidewalks and curbs. As part of the rehabilitation, the existing bicycle lanes will be improved with new concrete median islands and planters, where feasible. All existing parking and driveway accesses on the street will be retained in the final condition.
Construction work will take place in multiple phases between July 2023 and October 2024. Work will begin from Pharmacy Avenue moving east toward Kennedy Road.
The public were invited to comment on the project and provide feedback on three options (see ‘Planned Changes’ for more details on these options) through the following activities:
A Virtual Public Event was held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Public input along with policy guidelines and technical requirements will inform the final proposed design. Following public consultation, the project would be scheduled for installation starting in 2023.
In 2020, bicycle lanes were installed as part of ActiveTO, the City’s COVID response program, to provide safe and comfortable cycling connections to trails and greenspace for mental and physical wellbeing. In 2021, City Council made the ActiveTO bicycle lanes on Huntingwood Drive permanent. Since installing the bicycle lanes, cycling volumes have increased on the corridor and motor vehicle travel times have not been impacted. Parking was initially impacted, but changes were made in 2021 to the bicycle lane configuration to install new parking spaces and protection for people cycling.
Bicycle lanes were added from Victoria Park Avenue to Brimley Road in 2020 and parking protected cycle tracks were completed in 2021. Huntingwood Drive from Pharmacy Avenue to Kennedy Road is programmed for road rehabilitation in 2023 due to the poor condition of the road. In Toronto, a road is rehabilitated every 25-100 years. This project provides a once in a generation opportunity to make changes to improve operations and safety.
Motor Vehicle and Pedestrian Features
Planned changes include:
Three options were considered to upgrade the existing bicycle lanes to create a safe and beautiful cycling route.
Pavement marking and separator upgrades only
Concrete buffered bicycle lanes
Green buffered bicycle lanes
|The roadway would be much like today, but with enhanced pavement markings and separators.
|The roadway would be much like today, but the plastic flex posts would be replaced with poured in place concrete.
|The buffer between the bicycle lane and the motor vehicle lanes would be transformed into planting areas, while still maintaining access to all driveways.
Taking in to consideration public input received balanced with technical requirements and City policies, the final design incorporates mostly poured in place concrete medians (Option 2) separating the bikeway from motor vehicle traffic. Greening with planted medians (Option 3) will be provided at the side street approaches and some longer median sections.
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