In early November, the City will extend the existing cycle tracks on Willowdale Avenue further south to Maplehurst Avenue. See Willowdale Avenue Cycle Tracks for more details.

The City of Toronto is making cycling and road safety improvements for Sheppard Avenue East and Willowdale Avenue. City Council authorized the installation of Sheppard-Willowdale Road Resurfacing Opportunities in April 2022. A copy of the staff report is available under Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) agenda item IE28.7.

The project area is Sheppard Avenue East, from Bonnington Place to Leslie Street, and Willowdale Avenue, from Empress Avenue to Sheppard Avenue.

Map of the Project Area is Sheppard Avenue East from Bonnington Place to Leslie Street and Willowdale Avenue from Empress Avenue to Sheppard Avenue. If you require more assistance please contact Aadila Valiallah at Aadila.Valiallah@toronto.ca or 416-338-2985.

Improvements will be implemented in three stages:

  1. Sheppard Avenue East, from Bonnington Avenue to Bayview Avenue: road resurfacing programmed in 2023
  2. Sheppard Avenue East, from Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street: road reconstruction programmed in 2023-2024
  3. Willowdale Avenue, from Empress Avenue to Sheppard Avenue: cycle track extension programmed in 2023

Sheppard Avenue East is in need of road resurfacing and reconstruction due to the poor condition of the road. In Toronto, roads are resurfaced every 25 to 35 years and reconstructed every 50-100 years presenting a unique once-in-a-generation or lifetime opportunity for the City to improve the design of the street with consideration to updated policies and design guidelines, as well as future needs of the community.

The primary focus of road resurfacing and reconstruction is to repair or replace damaged sections of the road, curb, and sidewalk which have deteriorated over time. This project includes options to improve safety and operations at intersections, install new cycle tracks, widen sidewalks, and where possible include new trees and green infrastructure. The extension of the Willowdale Avenue cycle track will be combined with this work. The City is focused on improving the transportation experience for people walking, cycling, taking transit and driving, and meeting the City’s road safety and climate targets.

The proposed road safety and cycling improvements on Sheppard Avenue East and Willowdale Avenue are informed by the following policies and guidelines:

The Cycling Network Plan identifies the entire length of Sheppard Avenue as a designated Major City-Wide Cycling Route. Major City-Wide Cycling Routes are significant corridors that cross Toronto from east to west and north to south, where high-quality bikeways are planned to create a connected network.

Boulevard

The part of a street that is not used for vehicle travel, and is between the roadway and the sidewalk.

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Median

The strip of land between the lanes of opposing traffic on a divided roadway.

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Transit Stops

The location of transit stops is generally guided by the safety and comfort of transit users, spacing between stops and nearby intersections and land uses.

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Curb Radii Reduction

Reduced curb radii reduce pedestrian crossing distances and encourage lower motor vehicle speeds.

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Truck Aprons

These allow large vehicles to navigate the curb without striking fixed objects or other road users, while creating slower turns for smaller vehicles.

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Raised Cycle Track

Vertically separated from motor vehicle traffic, and may be at the level of the adjacent sidewalk or combined with a parking lane or other barrier from the roadway.

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Street-Level Cycle Track and Bollards Mounted on Curbs

Cycle tracks are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic by curbs or bollards, but at the same level as the road.

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Protected Intersection

A protected intersection is a design where the bikeway remains separated, where enhanced measures mitigate the conflict between people cycling, people walking and drivers turning

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Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure allows for runoff water from the street to be naturally filtered and slowed down before entering the sewer system

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The City is resurfacing the road on Sheppard Avenue East, from Bonnington Place to Bayview Avenue. The resurfacing involves replacing the asphalt surface within existing curbs and provides an opportunity to improve safety and operations.

Updated project schedule: 2023

What you can expect:

  • Minimum of two vehicle lanes maintained per direction
  • Dedicated turn lanes and improved signal phasing changes for left turns at signalized intersections
  • Dedicated turn lanes at mid-block non-signalized intersections where possible
  • Upgrade traffic and pedestrian signals to be accessible and maximize pedestrian safety and traffic flow
  • Tighter corners at intersections for safer turns and better visibility
  • Accessible platforms at TTC stops where possible
  • New raised cycle tracks along Sheppard Avenue East as part of the Major City-Wide Cycling Route
  • Options to retain or remove on-street parking
  • Widening of sidewalks where they are undersized
  • Green infrastructure and improved storm water draining where possible (e.g., trees, planted swales)

The proposed design was discussed at the Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) on April 6 and 7, 2022. A copy of the approved projects can be viewed under IEC agenda item IE28.7.

Road design options are being developed for Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street based on feedback from Phase One Consultation.  There will be an opportunity to provide further feedback on this segment during Phase 2 Consultation.

 

The City is scheduled to reconstruct the road on Sheppard Avenue East, from Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street, in 2023-2024. Road reconstruction involves removing and replacing both the asphalt surface of the road and the concrete road base, as well as curb and sidewalk where they exist. Reconstruction provides additional opportunities to implement safety and operation improvements.

What you can expect:

  • Minimum of two vehicle lanes maintained per direction
  • Dedicated turn lanes and improved signal phasing changes for left turns at signalized intersections
  • Dedicated turn lanes at mid-block non-signalized intersections where possible
  • Upgrade traffic and pedestrian signals to be accessible and maximize pedestrian safety and traffic flow
  • Tighter corners at intersections for safer turns and better visibility
  • Accessible platforms at TTC stops where possible
  • New raised cycle tracks along Sheppard Avenue East as part of the Major City-Wide Cycling Route
  • Options to retain or remove on-street parking
  • Widening of sidewalks where they are undersized
  • Green infrastructure and improved storm water draining where possible (e.g., trees, planted swales)
For questions or concerns about the installation, contact David Dunn, Project Manager, at Dave.Dunn@toronto.ca or 416-392-8985.
A cross section diagram shows one lane of motor vehicle traffic in each direction, with cycle tracks with painted buffers on each side, and sidewalks.
Diagram of Willowdale Avenue cross section, featuring cycle tracks with painted buffers.

In early November 2022, the City will extend the existing Willowdale Avenue cycle tracks, which are located between Bishop Avenue to Empress Avenue, further south to just north of Sheppard Avenue East. Residents can expect new pavement markings and changes to parking on Willowdale Avenue and on some side streets.

The changes will include:

  • Cycle tracks with painted buffers added on both sides of Willowdale Avenue between Empress Avenue and Maplehurst Avenue
  • Removal of left turn lanes at Spring Garden Avenue
  • Removal of all existing parking on both sides of Willowdale Avenue between Empress Avenue and Maplehurst Avenue
  • Removal of Toronto Parking Authority parking on the east side of Willowdale Avenue between Hollywood Avenue and Maplehurst Avenue
  • New on-street parking opportunities on the south side of Hollywood Avenue and the north side of Greenfield Avenue just east of Willowdale Avenue

The cycling, pedestrian and road safety upgrades on Willowdale Avenue are coordinated with Sheppard Avenue East Road Resurfacing.

Installation Notice

Work Details

During installation, the City’s contractors will complete the following work:

  • Remove existing pavement markings
  • Install new pavement markings
  • Install new signage, as required

Precast curbs and flexible posts (bollards) will be added to the painted buffers at a later date.

What to Expect During Installation

Parking and Loading

Parking in the active work zone is not permitted due to space requirements for construction equipment and materials. If your parked vehicle affects installation, it will be relocated at no charge to the owner. If your vehicle is moved, please contact parking control for its location at 416-808-2222. Changes to the parking by-laws will be signed.

Work Hours

Noisy work will be limited to daytime hours as much as possible. Weekday work will take place mostly in the off-peak hours/evenings to limit traffic disruptions.

Road and Sidewalk Access

In order to complete the work in a safe manner, there will be temporary partial lane closures within the installation work zone.

Driveway Access

The contractor will notify you of any temporary restrictions to your driveway access. If your property has two entrances, one entrance will be kept open at all times.

Side Street Access

Turns through the work zone will be restricted and signed.

Emergency Services

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Transit

TTC buses will continue to operate.

Cyclists

If travelling on Willowdale Avenue, please share the traffic lane in the active work zones.

Parking Violation Notice

In an effort to reduce ticketing due to construction, the City encourages communities with construction to be patient as neighbours may need to temporarily relocate vehicles. If enforcement is called, enforcement must issue a yellow parking violation notice (ticket). If you receive a yellow notice during this construction work, do the following within 15 days of the notice date:

  1. Dispute the parking violation notice online or in person, following the process listed on the reverse side of the parking violation notice.
  2. Contact the City of Toronto using the phone or email below and give them the yellow notice number. You may use this notice as part of the explanation of why the violation should be cancelled. Note: violation notices cannot be cancelled if vehicles are parked in illegal parking spots (e.g. in front of a fire hydrant or in no parking zones).

Garbage & Recycling

Please follow your normal routine. If required, the contractor will move bins to an appropriate location and return them. Please ensure that you label your bins with your address.

Accessible Accommodation

The City’s contractor must ensure safe and accessible walkways and entryways are maintained for everyone during installation. Any temporary access disruptions will be communicated as soon as possible. If you experience a disruption, have a specific access need or related accommodation request, please inform David Dunn, Project Manager, at Dave.Dunn@toronto.ca or 416-392-8985.

Important Information about COVID-19 and Construction in Toronto

During construction, the contractor is responsible for the Health & Safety on site under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and is expected to implement COVID-19 mitigation practices. For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19 please visit toronto.ca/covid-19.

On-Site Communication

There are times when contractors need to communicate with homeowners about what is happening on-site. This could be about driveway access or site restoration work. The contractor’s staff will be identifiable by their high-visibility clothing and will follow relevant COVID protocols. If you need to speak with staff on site, please ask for the Site Inspector and respect public health directions for reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Phase 1 Consultation

During Phase 1 consultation, feedback was received on three project segments:

  1. Road resurfacing on Sheppard Avenue East, from Bonnington Avenue to Bayview Avenue – consultation complete
  2. Road reconstruction on Sheppard Avenue East, from Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street – to proceed to Phase 2 consultation in 2022/2023
  3. Cycle track extension on Willowdale Avenue, from Empress Avenue to Sheppard Avenue – consultation complete

Public Events

A Virtual Public Meeting was held on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. Information was shared on all three project segments, followed by an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.

Phase 2 Consultation

Phase 2 public consultation for road reconstruction, Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street, is expected in 2023.

During Phase 2 consultation, the City will present the preferred designs for Sheppard Avenue East, from Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street, based on feedback received during phase one consultation, and a review of City policies and engineering technical requirements.

There will be an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the preferred designs measured against project goals and objectives, well as provide open comments.

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