The City of Toronto will be widening Port Union Road from Lawrence Avenue East to Island Road. Works will include:

  • addition of a second northbound lane
  • complete sidewalks on both sides
  • bicycle lanes
  • landscaped median between Lawrence Avenue East and Clappison Boulevard
  • centre-turn lanes in some locations

When completed this project will address traffic congestion and improve conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

February 2019: Notice of Site Testing

As part of the Port Union Road Improvements project, site investigations to locate gas mains will take place at several locations along Port Union Road. Testing is done so the design and planned work will not affect existing gas mains. This work will commence on Tuesday, February 19 and is expected to take between three and seven days to complete. For additional information, please view the work notice below.

Port Union Road Notice of Site Work February 2019

July 2018

In 2017, the City conducted field investigations including a survey of the area and analysis of soil samples in various locations along Port Union Road to confirm ground conditions. Based on the results, the City is developing the project design. Once the design is finalized, the City will provide further details on a construction start date.

Study area is along Sheppard Ave E from Island Rd to Lawrence Ave E
Map of Study Area

The Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project was planned and approved in 2004.  A subsequent EA Addendum (update) was completed and approved in 2015 and made changes to the original study design in order to reduce property and community impacts.

Environmental Assessment Addendum (2015)

The Addendum (update) to the 2004 ESR was approved by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in August 2015.

In consultation with the community as directed by City Council in 2004, the preferred design has been modified in order to reduce property and other impacts to the community, and to meet current City standards and practices. The updated preferred design provides the same level of service as the original design, but includes the following changes:

  • length of landscaped median reduced (now between Lawrence Avenue East and Clappison Boulevard only)
  • section of centre left-turn lane removed south of Josaly Drive
  • private property no longer required
  • bike lanes widened from 1.5 metres to 1.8 metres

To view the Environmental Assessment Addendum Report, contact Steven Ziegler at 416-392-2896 or

Original Environmental Study Report (2004)

This Environmental Assessment Study was completed in early 2004 and identified a preferred design which included:

  • an additional northbound lane on Port Union Road from Lawrence Avenue East to Island Road
  • a continuous centre left-turn lane on Port Union Road from Winter Gardens Trail to Island Road
  • a landscaped centre median on Port Union Road from Lawrence Avenue East to Winter Gardens Trail
  • bicycle lanes on both sides of the road from Lawrence Avenue East to Island Road
  • additional turn lanes at the intersection of Kingston Road and Port Union Road
  • complete sidewalks on both sides of Port Union Road

What is a Class Environmental Assessment?

Ontario’s Environmental Assessment (EA) program promotes good environmental planning by determining and managing the potential effects of a project prior to implementation.

The EA program ensures that public concerns are heard. EA balances economic, social, cultural and natural environmental needs so that projects benefit Ontario.

This study is being carried out according to the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process. This is an approved approach to satisfying requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act specifically tailored to municipal infrastructure. The process includes identifying the problem or opportunity to be addressed, developing and evaluating a range of alternative solutions, providing opportunities for public input and identifying a preferred solution.