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 two public consultation for road reconstruction will take place later this year.
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 Project Area is Sheppard Avenue East from Bonnington Place to Leslie Street and Willowdale Avenue from Empress Avenue to Sheppard Avenue.
Improvements will be implemented in three stages:
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 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.
The part of a street that is not used for vehicle travel, and is between the roadway and the sidewalk.
The strip of land between the lanes of opposing traffic on a divided roadway.
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.
Reduced curb radii reduce pedestrian crossing distances and encourages lower motor vehicle speeds.
These allow large vehicles to navigate the curb without striking fixed objects or other road users, while creating slower turns for smaller vehicles.
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.
Cycle tracks are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic by curbs or bollards, but at the same level as the road.
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
Green infrastructure allows for runoff water from the street to be naturally filtered and slowed down before entering the sewer system
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:
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.
What you can expect:
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:
During Phase One consultation, feedback was received on three project segments:
1. Road Resurfacing Sheppard Avenue East, Bonnington Avenue to Bayview Avenue
2. Road Reconstruction Sheppard Avenue East, Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street
3. Cycle Track Extension Willowdale Avenue, Empress Avenue to Sheppard Avenue
Consultation is now complete for the following two project segments:
Road Resurfacing Sheppard Avenue East, Bonnington Avenue to Bayview Avenue
Cycle Track Extension Willowdale Avenue, Empress Avenue to Sheppard Avenue
The first Virtual Public Meeting was held Monday December 7, 2021. Information was shared on 3 project segments, followed by an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.
The first Virtual Public Meeting was held Tuesday December 7, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A follow-up public meeting, for Road Reconstruction Sheppard Avenue East, Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street is expected in spring 2022. Meeting details will be posted here and emailed to those who register to receive email.
The Phase One comment form was available November 30, 2021 – January 7, 2021. All comments have been reviewed and considered. Responses have been summarized in the Consultation Report.
Feedback received by email and phone has been received and reviewed. Communication is summarized in the consultation report.
Register to receive email updates on project milestones and opportunities to get involved.
Phase two public consultation for road reconstruction, Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street, is expected in 2022.
During phase two 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.
Aadila Valiallah, Senior Senior Public Consultation Coordinator
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