The City of Toronto will be reconstructing Gladstone Avenue and Peel Avenue next year, providing an opportunity to improve the street for all road users. The redesign will improve:
Based on feedback received from the last round of consultation in late 2019, the City has finalized the design.
The final design presents a hybrid of the last two design options and will feature:
Our next steps will involve completing the detailed design to finalize the engineering drawings and hiring a contractor to perform the work. The City is in the process of retaining a consultant to complete carry out the detailed design work. Construction is expected to start in Spring 2021. Before any work begins, the City will notify residents and businesses with construction details.
A public drop-in event was held on December 2, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Parkdale Public Library.
A public drop-in event was held on April 8, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mary McCormick Recreation Centre. The event was attended by approximately 45 people and 53 Feedback Forms were submitted.
Based on concerns raised at the first public drop-in event and a further review of the challenges presented to circulation throughout the neighbourhood, the City decided to maintain 2-way motor vehicle operation along Peel Avenue and Gladstone Avenue (from Queen Street to Peel Avenue). Revised options were presented to the public in December 2019.
In early December 2019, two design options were presented for public comment. Again, there was strong support for the addition of street trees, wider sidewalks, interest in protected bike facilities and mixed opinion about changing the travel flow to two-way travel for motor vehicles.
Upon reviewing feedback, the City has blended the two options to create a final hybrid design that builds a safe environment for all road users by encouraging safe speeds, enhancing the look and feel of the neighbourhood and better managing stormwater by adding green features.
Both Peel and Gladstone Avenue’s need to be safe and inviting places to walk, cycle and drive. They must also support the requirements of other City Divisions and emergency services.
Peel Ave. and Gladstone Ave. were last reconstructed in 1949. The average lifespan of a road is usually 50 years or so, at which time the road needs to be reconstructed.
In 2010, the City completed the Peel-Gladstone Reconstruction Class Environmental Assessment Study. After a detailed technical analysis, data collection and public feedback, the study recommended narrowing Peel Ave. and Gladstone Ave. between Peel Ave. and the supermarket (22 Northcote Ave.) from 13.1m to approximately 8.6m to include:
In 2011, the City eliminated the Dufferin Street “jog” by constructing an underpass on Dufferin Street to connect to Queen Street West (creation of a continuous connection for motor vehicles, bikes and pedestrian traffic on Duffering Street under the rail corridor). This connection eliminated the need for vehicles to travel along Peel and Gladstone Avenues to get to Queen Street West. As a result, there has been significant reductions in motor vehicle traffic.
In April, 2019 the City of Toronto brought forward a proposal to convert Peel Avenue and Gladstone Avenue from a 2-way operation to a 1-way operation for motor vehicle traffic, based on the Peel-Gladstone Reconstruction Environmental Assessment study approved in 2010.
Feedback from the Public Drop-In Event, held in April 2019, was mixed. There was some support for the roadway improvements in general such as street trees, planters, wider sidewalks, traffic calming and bicycle lanes. There was also concern raised regarding traffic circulation patterns throughout the neighbourhood including traffic from future developments if Peel Avenue and Gladstone Avenue (from Queen Street to Peel Avenue) was converted to a 1-way operation.
Based on concerns raised at the first public drop-in event and a further review of the challenges presented to circulation throughout the neighbourhood, it is now proposed to maintain 2-way motor vehicle operation along Peel Avenue and Gladstone Avenue (from Queen Street to Peel Avenue).
Construction is planned for 2021, pending finalization of detailed design.