The City of Toronto is planning a number of improvements to O’Connor Drive, from Glenwood Crescent to Bermondsey Road that help to address basement flooding, pedestrian safety and streetscape. Once complete, this project will improve conditions for people walking and driving and better manage traffic flow. This Council-approved work was identified through the O’Connor Drive Avenue Study, conducted in 2012.

November 2023: Update

The project now includes watermain replacement on O’Connor Drive between Sandra Road and Bermondsey Road. In October 2023, Toronto City Council authorized Engineering and Construction Services to undertake this additional work. Due to the additional scope of work, the overall project is expected to be complete by Summer 2024.

For full details please see Construction Update 3

September 2023: Temporary Road Closures

Due to the nature of road reconstruction at some intersections, a number of temporary road closures are required to complete work on O’Connor Drive. During these closures, O’Connor Drive will be reduced to one lane in both directions.

Bermondsey Road Impacts 

A section of Bermondsey Road (Westbound Lane) will be closed from October 02 to October 27. See the Construction Impact Notice for full details.

June 2023: Construction Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our contractor has experienced some delays. As a result, the road work on O’Connor Drive from Glenwood Crescent to St Clair Avenue East and the sewer upgrades on Bermondsey Road were slightly delayed.

Starting the week of June 26, road reconstruction will begin on O’Connor Drive from St Clair Avenue East to Bermondsey Road. As part of the work, the contractor will replace sections of damaged sidewalks, excavate the road, and install a new concrete road base. Work will begin on the west side of O’Connor Drive and move over to the east side afterwards.

For full details please see Construction Update 2


Map of work area along O'Connor Drive between Glenwood Crescent and Bermondsey Road.

Local Construction Projects

Watermain replacement work on O’Connor Drive from Northline Road to Sunrise Avenue (contract 22ECS-LU-09U). Visit the Beaches-East York Profile – Construction Notices to learn more about this work.


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Pedestrian Improvements

  • New public plaza at O’Connor Drive & St.Clair Avenue East intersection
  • Accessible pedestrian crossings with tactile plates
  • Corner radii reductions to improve pedestrian safety
  • Additional bike parking
  • New sidewalks and curbs

Vehicular Traffic Improvements

  • Improved layby parking
  • Traffic signal updates
  • Removal of the right-turn channel at O’Connor Drive & St. Clair Avenue East intersection to improve safety
  • New asphalt on the roadway

Sustainability/Green Features

  • Planting of new trees along the boulevard
  • Permeable pavers in laybys
  • Improved stormwater management
  • Planters with integrated seating

Underground Infrastructure Improvements

  • Storm sewer replacement on O’Connor Drive and Bermondsey Road


For further details on the improvements, please see O’Connor Drive Virtual Public Information Event Presentation

Timing and Schedule

The construction will be carried out in several phases. The first phase will include the replacement and upgrade of the sewers.

Road reconstruction and streetscaping work will begin in spring 2024.

Work Hours

Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, with work after hours and on weekends as required.

Traffic Management

Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets. Motorists are reminded that bicycles and cars will be sharing the lane. When driving, please be mindful of vulnerable road users.
Traffic within the construction area will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

Accessibility Accommodation

The City’s contractor must ensure safe and accessible walkways and entryways are maintained for everyone during construction. Any temporary access disruptions will be communicated as soon as possible. If you experience a disruption, have a specific access need or related accommodation request, contact the City Staff listed.

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