April 2022 Update: City Council authorized the installation of Sheppard-Willowdale Road Resurfacing Opportunities. A copy of the staff report is available under IEC agenda item IE 28.7. Phase 2 public consultation for road reconstruction will take place in 2022/2023.

The City of Toronto is proposing cycling and road safety improvements for Sheppard Avenue East and Willowdale Avenue. The improvements are planned to be implemented as part of the scheduled road resurfacing and reconstruction work for Sheppard Avenue East programmed in 2022-2024.

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, Bonnington Avenue to Bayview Avenue: road resurfacing programmed in 2022
  2. Sheppard Avenue East, Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street: road reconstruction programmed in 2023-2024
  3. Willowdale Avenue, Empress Avenue to Sheppard Avenue: cycle track extension programmed in 2022

Sheppard Avenue East is in need of road resurfacing and reconstruction due to poor condition of the road. In Toronto, roads are resurfaced every 25-35 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 encourages 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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Sheppard Avenue East Road Resurfacing from Bonnington Place to Bayview Avenue

In 2022, the City is scheduled to resurface 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.

The proposed design is based on the opportunities available through road resurfacing. To provide us with feedback on the proposal, submit an Comment Form found in the Public Consultation tab below.

What you can expect:

  • Minimum of two vehicle lanes maintained per direction
  • Dedicated turn lanes and improved signal phasing changes for left turns at signalised intersections
  • Dedicated turn lanes at mid-block non-signalised intersections where possible
  • Upgrade traffic and pedestrian signals to be accessible and to maximise 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 Citywide 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)

Sheppard Avenue East Road Reconstruction from Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street

In 2023-2024, the City is scheduled to reconstruct the road on Sheppard Avenue East from Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street. 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.

The proposed design has not been finalized as yet. Feedback from Phase 1 Public Consultation has been received as is being considered as part of the final design process. There will be an opportunity to provide further feedback on this segment during Phase 2 Public Consultation.

 

What you can expect:

  • Minimum of two vehicle lanes maintained per direction
  • Dedicated turn lanes and improved signal phasing changes for left turns at signalised intersections
  • Dedicated turn lanes at mid-block non-signalised intersections where possible
  • Upgrade traffic and pedestrian signals to be accessible and to maximise 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 Citywide 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)

Willowdale Avenue from Empress Avenue to Sheppard Avenue

The diagram is a cross section of the proposed Willowdale cycle track. From left to right there is a boulevard, sidewalk, buffer, cycle track, to lanes of traffic, cycle track, buffer, sidewalk, boulevard.
Diagram of Willowdale cross section with separated cycle tracks

The City is proposing to combine the cycling, pedestrian, and road safety upgrades on Willowdale Avenue with work on Sheppard Avenue East. The Willowdale cycle tracks are an extension of the cycle tracks that are currently along Willowdale Avenue from Bishop Avenue to Empress Avenue. Installation is expected to take place during the Sheppard Avenue East road resurfacing in 2022.

The proposed design creates a continuous cycle track along Willowdale Avenue.

What you can expect:

  • A continuation of the cycle tracks along Willowdale Avenue from Empress Avenue south to Sheppard Avenue East
  • Physical separation in the buffer area wherever possible using bollards and/or precast curbs
  • On-street parking and stopping along Willowdale Avenue will be prohibited
  • Additional parking to be proposed at side street locations under review
  • Maintained southbound left turn lane at Sheppard Avenue
  • Removed left turn lanes at Spring Garden Avenue

Phase 1 Public Consultation

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

  1. Road Resurfacing Sheppard Avenue East, Bonnington Avenue to Bayview Avenue – complete
  2. Road Reconstruction Sheppard Avenue East, Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street – to proceed to Phase 2 consultation in 2022/2023
  3. Cycle Track Extension Willowdale Avenue, Empress Avenue to Sheppard Avenue – complete

Public Events

A Virtual Public Meeting was held Tuesday December 7, 2021. Information was shared on all 3 project segments, followed by an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.

Phase 2 Public Consultation

Phase 2 public consultation for road reconstruction, Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street, is expected in 2022/ 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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