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

Allen Road was fully closed, from Sheppard Avenue West to Eglinton Avenue West (including 401/Allen Road access ramps), for important maintenance and improvements on Friday, September 17 at 11 p.m. to Monday, September 20 at 5 a.m.

Work completed during the closure included:

  • 15,000 sq m of asphalt re-surfacing
  • 2,000 tonnes of asphalt used
  • 19,139 m of crack filling
  • 42 overhead signs and 77 ground level signs inspected
  • 70 signs repaired/replaced
  • 57.1 m of guiderail replaced, including 14 rails and 4 posts
  • 1 Crash Attenuation System repaired (to reduce impacts from collisions and save lives)
  • 4 ramp gates replaced/newly installed
  • 873.5 sq m of asphalt grinding using 40 tonnes of asphalt
  • 2.2 cubic metres of concrete and 3.0 tonnes of asphalt for curb and gutter repairs near catch basins
  • 377 sq m of graffiti removed
  • 14.2 km of large weeds trimmed/removed
  • 2.6 tonnes of waste collected and removed
  • 7 loads of tree trimming debris removed
  • 2 tonnes wood chips
  • 38 loads and 114 tonnes of debris removed by street sweepers