The City of Toronto is proposing changes along the following areas along Overlea Boulevard.
To learn more about what’s being proposed on Overlea Boulevard, watch the following video. Please note the video has closed captions in Urdu, Farsi, Tagalog, Gujarati and Arabic. You can also view the video fully narrated in Urdu.
The City is looking at two options at the intersection of Don Mills Road & Overlea Road/Gateway Boulevard. The following changes are being proposed:
It is important to keep buses, trucks, car commuters and emergency services moving. There are two feasible options for moving vehicles through the intersection. Both options would maintain the same number of eastbound, northbound, and westbound lanes as exists today.
Option 1 – Southbound left turn maintained
Option 2 – Preferred – No southbound left movement
|Option 1 – Southbound left turn maintained||Option 2 – Southbound left turn replaced with other benefits|
|Safety||More conflicts between turning vehicles and vulnerable road users than Option 2||Fewer conflicts between turning vehicles and vulnerable road users than Option 1|
|Transit||More delay to eastbound TTC buses||Less delay to eastbound TTC buses than Option 1|
|Traffic||Worse vehicle operations overall than Option 2||Better vehicle operations overall than Option 1, but a new restriction banning southbound left turns would be added|
|Vehicle access to Gateway Blvd||Similar to today||Drivers from the north would be delayed by about 1 min by accessing the north intersection of Gateway Blvd and Don Mills Rd|
|Trees||Fewer trees planted; same number of trees preserved and removed than Option 2||More trees planted; same number of trees preserved and removed than Option 1|
The City is recommending Option 2 because of safety, transit and overall traffic performance.
To learn more about what’s being proposed on Don Mills Road, Overlea Road and Gateway Boulevard intersection, watch the following video. Please note the video has closed captions in Urdu, Farsi, Tagalog, Gujarati and Arabic.
Potential Signal on Overlea Boulevard, east of the bridge
A new traffic signal is being considered at the school driveways east of the Overlea Bridge. This involves reviewing counts of traffic and pedestrian crossings at this location, assessing traffic impacts, and receiving public feedback. A new signal could make it safer and easier for people walking and cycling to cross Overlea Boulevard. It could also make it easier and safer for people driving to enter and exit the school driveways.
Overlea Bridge Deck
With the planned replacement of the bridge deck, some widening of the bridge is possible. A total bridge width of 24.8 meters is proposed, maintaining the vehicle lanes, adding cycle tracks, and widening the sidewalks by 1 meter.
Two design options for the cycle track and sidewalk are being considered.
|Option 1 – Buffer separation||Option 2 – Curb separation|
|Cycle track and sidewalk||At the same level||On different levels|
|Feeling of the space for walking & cycling||Less constrained||More constrained|
|Space definition between people walking and cycling||Less||More|
|Sidewalk and cycle track width||Narrower||Wider|
The City is recommending Option 2 because it would provide a more defined separation between the uses, slightly wider sidewalks and cycle tracks.
To learn more about what’s being proposed on Overlea Bridge, watch the following video. Please note the video has closed captions in Urdu, Farsi, Tagalog, Gujarati and Arabic.
In this section of Overlea Boulevard, both options will have the sidewalks widened and cycle tracks would connect to those on the bridge. Bus stops would be maintained and integrated into the boulevard.
Option 1 – Two rows of trees
Option 2 – Preferred – Three rows of trees
|Option 1 – two rows of trees||Option 2 – three rows of trees|
|Green space||Two rows of trees and less total green space; less boulevard green space||Three rows of trees and more total green space; more boulevard green space|
|Median||Narrowed slightly||Narrowed significantly|
|Pedestrian comfort||Narrower buffer between pedestrians and vehicles||Wider buffer between pedestrians and vehicles|
|Cycling comfort||Less comfortable; slightly narrower; less space for turns at William Morgan Dr||More comfortable; slightly wider; more space for turns at William Morgan Dr|
|Bus stops||Small waiting area; smaller shelters||Larger waiting area; regular shelters|
|Cost and complexity||Higher||Lower|
The City is recommending Option 2 because it would provide more overall green space, larger bus stops and provide greater comfort for people walking and cycling. Option 2 would also have lower cost and complexity of construction.
To learn more about what’s being proposed West of Overlea Bridge to Thorncliffe Park Drive, watch the following video. Please note the video has closed captions in Urdu, Farsi, Tagalog, Gujarati and Arabic.
In both options, all existing vehicle lanes would be maintained. Sidewalks would be widened. Cycle tracks would be included on all four legs. Right turns on red would be prohibited to improve the safety of people walking and cycling.
Option 1 – Similar corners to today
Option 2 – Safer corner design
A similar corner design, in Ottawa ON
|Option 1 – Minor improvements to corner||Option 2 – Safer corner design|
|Safety||People walking and cycling would be
more exposed to turning vehicles
|People walking and cycling would be
less exposed to turning vehicles
|Vehicles||Worse operations than Option 2, especially for buses||Better operations for TTC buses and commuters than Option 1|
|Sidewalks||Less waiting space at the corner than Option 2||More waiting space at the corner than Option 1|
|Bus stops||Similar to Option 2||Similar to Option 1, but a larger bus stop and waiting area|
|Trees||Similar to Option 2, for the number of trees preserved, removed and planted||Similar to Option 1, for the number of trees preserved, removed and planted|
The City is recommending Option 2 because of enhanced safety and, it would allow for larger bus stops and area for people walking and cycling, while maintaining the number of lanes for motor vehicles than Option 1.
To learn more about what’s being proposed on Thorncliffe Park Drive east & Overlea Boulevard intersection, watch the following video. Please note the video has closed captions in Urdu, Farsi, Tagalog, Gujarati and Arabic.
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