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.
- 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 most recent maintenance weekend took place from April 27 to 30, 2018 and the work to be completed included:
- road resurfacing
- in-depth bridge inspections and maintenance
- sign maintenance
- repainting pavement markings
- guide-rail repairs
- trimming of trees on top of retaining walls and grass cutting
- litter clean up and graffiti removal