The City of Toronto is proposing changes along the following areas along Overlea Boulevard.

  1. Don Mills Road, Overlea Road and Gateway Boulevard intersection
  2. Overlea Bridge
  3. West of Overlea Bridge to Thorncliffe Park Drive
  4. Thorncliffe Park Drive east & Overlea Boulevard intersection

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.

Map of project area
Map of Project area along Overlea Boulevard from Don Mills to the east and Thorncliffe Park Drive to the west. Please contact Steven Ziegler for more information at 416-338-2848

 

  • Sidewalks are proposed to be widened to 2.1 meters, to make it easier to walk together, and to allow people with mobility devices to pass each other safely.
  • New bikeways such as cycle tracks or multi-use trails are proposed to connect existing cycling routes in the area.
  • Traffic signals would be coordinated and timed to enhance safety for everyone, while minimizing delay to buses, people driving, emergency vehicles and trucks.

The City is looking at two options at the intersection of Don Mills Road & Overlea Road/Gateway Boulevard. The following changes are being proposed:

  • Cycle tracks would be added with dedicated space for people cycling to cross and wait, with physical separation continued to the intersection
  • Multi-use trail would be added southward along Don Mills Road to connect to the Lower Don Access Trail
  • Safety enhancements would be added to all intersections, such as renewed pavement markings, prohibited vehicle turns, and signal timing that separates the movements of vulnerable road users from vehicles.

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

Map of Don Mills Road, Overlea Road and Gateway Boulevard Intersection showing southbound right turn

Option 2 – Preferred – No southbound left movement

Map of Don Mills Road, Overlea Road and Gateway Boulevard Intersection showing no southbound right turn

Options Summary

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 RdMap of Overlea Boulevard where Gateway Blvd meets 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

Drawing of new traffic 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.

Cross Section of Overlea bridge with two sidewalks being 2.5m wide, two cycle tracks being 2.4m wide, two HOV lanes being 3.45m wide, two vehicle lanes being 3.3m wide.
Cross Section of Overlea bridge with two sidewalks being 2.5m wide, two cycle tracks being 2.4m wide, two HOV lanes being 3.45m wide, two vehicle lanes being 3.3m wide.
Rendering of Overlea Bridge Deck showing cycle tracks
Image of Artist rendering of Overlea bridge

Two design options for the cycle track and sidewalk are being considered.

Cross section of bridge deck Cross section of Option 1 being 2.3m sidewalk, .8m buffer, 2meter cycle track. Option 2 being 2.5m sidewalk, .2m curb, with 2.4m cycle track.
Cross section of Option 1 being 2.3m sidewalk, .8m buffer, 2meter cycle track. Option 2 being 2.5m sidewalk, .2m curb, with 2.4m cycle track.

Options Summary 

Option 1 – Buffer separation Option 2 – Curb separation
Cycle track and sidewalk At the same level On different levels
Physical separation Buffer Curb
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.

Drawing of Overlea Boulevard with cycle track
Artist rendering of Overlea Boulevard with cycle track

Option 1 – Two rows of trees

Cross section of West of Overlea Bridge to Thorncliffe Park Drive showing trees in median
Cross section of William Morgan Drive. Sidewalk being 2.1m wide, cycle track being 1.8m wide, two traffic lane combined being 6.6m wide with a 8.4meter median with same configuration repeated on west bound side.

Option 2 – Preferred – Three rows of trees

Cross section of West of Overlea Bridge to Thorncliffe Park Drive showing trees in median and in boulevard
Option 2 cross section of william morgan drive. 2.1m sidewalk, 2 meter cycle track, 6.6 meter wide two lane traffic with 4.6 median repeated on west bound side of street.

Options Summary 

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

Picture of Thorncliffe Park Drive East & Overlea Boulevard Intersection showing cycle track with similar corners

Option 2 – Safer corner design

Picture of Thorncliffe Park Drive East & Overlea Boulevard Intersection showing cycle track safer designed corners

A similar corner design, in Ottawa ON

Picture of a newly designed curb in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Options Summary

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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