Overlea Boulevard from Don Mills Road to Thorncliffe Park Drive is planned for upcoming road work. This includes the Overlea Bridge, Don Mills Road/Gateway Boulevard intersection and Thorncliffe Park Drive East intersection.
The Overlea Bridge deck is planned for replacement in the next five years. This level of construction hasn’t happened since the 1960s when Don Mills Road was last reconstructed and the Overlea Bridge was first built. Reconstruction projects are the most cost effective time to look at the purpose and design of streets and bridges.
This part of Overlea Boulevard is a key link between Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park neighbourhoods.
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There have been over 580 reported collisions along the Overlea Boulevard corridor between 2015 and 2019.
The intersection of Overlea Boulevard and Don Mills Road has two schools across the street from one another. This area of Overlea Boulevard is designated and signed as a School Safety Zone and has Watch Your Speed signs. This area is also designated and signed as a Community Safety Zone
Almost 2,600 people walk across the Overlea Boulevard Bridge each day. Sidewalks are especially busy before and after school. Sidewalks in the whole area are 1.5 meter wide. For a street like Overlea Boulevard, it is City policy to build at least 2.1 meter wide sidewalks.
During rush hours, traffic at the Don Mills Road and Overlea Boulevard intersection can be heavy. Both of these streets have High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, which help to prioritize buses, taxis and carpooling.
Overlea Boulevard carries more than 1000 trucks per day. It is an important route to the Don Valley Parkway for the many industrial and large commercial businesses south of Eglinton Avenue East.
Overlea Boulevard is a key link between Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park neighbourhoods. The City’s Strong Neighbourhood Strategy includes both Thorncliffe and Flemingdon as Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. They have local action plans designed to strengthen the social, economic and physical conditions.
Several TTC bus routes including the 25 Don Mills, 925 Express and 100 Flemingdon Park run along Overlea Boulevard and are among the busiest in the city. They are frequent buses and have 12 stops in the study area. On an average weekday, approximately 900 buses cross the Overlea Bridge and carry more than 21,000 people. More than 45% of people in Thorncliffe and Flemingdon commute to work by transit. This is almost double the rate of other neighbourhoods in the area.
The cycling network in the study area includes both multi-use trails and on-street routes. Most of the study area is a gap in the cycling network. The Cycling Network Plan’s 2022-2024 implementation plan proposes a cycling connection on Overlea Boulevard.
On Overlea Boulevard today, some people walk their bikes or ride on the sidewalk, and about 200 were counted cycling in the roadway each day in two September 2018 counts.
Metrolinx is currently constructing the Eglinton LRT and consulting on the Ontario Line. Both projects, when completed, will increase transit options in the area, and provide alternatives to motor vehicle trips. The City is coordinating with Metrolinx and TTC to ensure all the transit, road and bridge projects can progress on schedule.
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