Peel Avenue & Gladstone Avenue Road Reconstruction
The City of Toronto is working on the design details of two options that will improve mobility on Gladstone Avenue and Peel Avenue, including:
- pedestrian improvements
- cycling improvements
- sustainability/green street features
For more details on these components, please join us at the Public Drop-in Event on December 2nd, 2019.
Public Drop-In Event #2
Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: Drop in any time from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Parkdale Public Library – Auditorium, 1303 Queen Street West
The content posted below will also be presented at the Public Drop-In Event.
Public Drop-in Event #1
A public drop-in event was held on April 8th, 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, it is now proposed to maintain 2-way motor vehicle operation along Peel Avenue and Gladstone Avenue (from Queen Street to Peel Avenue). As a result, two revised options, both including 2-way operations for motor vehicle traffic, will be presented to the public at this time.
Option A includes 2-way motor vehicle traffic on Peel Avenue and Gladstone Avenue from Queen Street to Peel Avenue (cyclists and cars will share the lane), wider sidewalks, potential of up to 50 street trees, on-street lay-by parking and green street features.
Option B includes 2-way motor vehicle traffic on Peel Avenue and Gladstone Avenue from Queen Street to Peel Avenue, bike lanes, wider sidewalks, potential of up to 6 street trees, on-street lay-by parking and some green street features but not as many as Option A.
In both options, a contra-flow bike lane is proposed for Gladstone Avenue between Peel Avenue and Argyle Street.
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:
- Single northbound lane on Gladstone (one-way operation)
- Single westbound lane on Peel Ave. (one-way operational)
- Parallel parking provided
- Sidewalks widened
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.