The City of Toronto will be reconstructing Gladstone Avenue and Peel Avenue in fall 2022, providing an opportunity to improve the street for all road users. The redesign will improve:

  • Safety and accessibility
  • Promote healthy and active living
  • Improve transportation options for residents and visitors
  • Connect to existing pedestrian and cycling network
  • Create a more vibrant place for people to live, work and play

July 2022: Construction Schedule Update

Road reconstruction is planned to begin in Fall 2022.

Residents and businesses will receive a Pre-Construction and Construction Notice before work begins with more information about the work.

Vehicular Traffic Improvements

  • New 3-way stop at Peel Avenue and Gladstone Avenue
  • Layby parking on the west side of Gladstone Avenue and north side of Peel Avenue
  • New asphalt on the roadway

Pedestrian Improvements

  • New and wider sidewalks on both sides of the street
  • Accessible pedestrian crossings with tactile plates
  • Improved traffic island at the intersection of Peel Avenue and Gladstone Avenue

Cycling Improvements

  • Bike lanes on Gladstone Avenue and Peel Avenue

Green Infrastructure Improvements

  • Planting of new trees along the boulevard
  • Permeable pavers in laybys
  • Planters with integrated seating

 

For further details on the improvements, please see the final design and cross sections.

Peel Avenue and Gladstone Avenue 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.

2010 – Environmental Assessment Study

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

2011 – Dufferin Street

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 Dufferin 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.

2019 – Public Consultation

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).

2019 – 2022 – Detailed Design

The City refined the design to address the concerns raised in 2019 and included green infrastructure upgrades. The detailed design was completed in Spring 2022.