Named after the late Metro Toronto Chairman William R. Allen, the Allen Road, approximately 7.5 kilometres in distance, is a vital transit arterial road that runs from Eglinton Avenue West to the northern portion of Dufferin Street and provides primary north-south access to the City. During weekday peak periods, approximately 80,000 vehicles travel Allen Road.

  • Allen Road is one of the shortest expressways in Toronto as well as a major arterial road in Toronto
  • The expressway runs from Eglinton Avenue West to the northern portion of Dufferin Street
  • To this date, Allen Road remains as the primary route to the City’s largest shopping mall – Yorkdale Mall
  • A section of the Toronto subway line – Yonge-University is located within its median from Eglinton Avenue to north of Wilson Avenue
  • The Allen was the first municipal expressway in Toronto to use high pressure sodium lights
  • Allen Road is named after the late Metro Toronto Chairman William R. Allen

The City performs regular spring and fall maintenance every couple years on the Allen Road Expressway. This maintenance typically involves a full or partial closure of the expressway over a weekend that allows City road crews, engineers and other stakeholders to make improvements and keep the throughway in a state of good repair.

The last time Allen Road was closed for maintenance was from Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11 p.m. until Monday, October 19, 2020 at 5 a.m. The work that was completed included:

  • 27,500 Sq. m of roadway resurfaced
  • 23,000 m crack sealing and repairs
  • 435 Sq. m of asphalt repaired
  • 149 tonnes of asphalt used
  • 986m of guide rail replaced
  • 25,297 m of line painting
  • 337 Sq. m of graffiti removed
  • 57 loads for 171 tonnes of sweeping debris removed
  • 4 tonnes of debris/garbage removed
  • 15 loads of wood chips removed
  • 9 bridges inspected or repaired
  • 7 bridges chipped
  • 5 safety barrier (CRASH) system repaired or inspected
  • 222 catch basins cleaned and flushed
  • 8 Variable Message Signs Inspected
  • 222 road signs inspected or repaired
  • 6 Traffic Camera (RESCU) repaired or inspected
  • Grass cutting