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Pinch Point #1: Ellesmere Road from Military Trail to Meadowvale Road in Scarborough

Study Area:

A map of the study area showing the extent of the Ellesmere Road west pinch point, from Military Trail to Meadowvale Road.

Key considerations for the Ellesmere Road pinch point are:

  • Minimal property acquisition required to achieve Official Plan right-of-way
  • High forecasted traffic volumes in 2041 
  • Minimal natural heritage features and cultural heritage resources

Technically Preferred Option: Centre-median (6 Lanes)

Widen to add two dedicated transit lanes and maintain the current number of general traffic lanes.

A conceptual cross-section that illustrates the lane configuration of the 6-lane centre-median transit lane option on Ellesmere Road.

Cross-sections are conceptual

Pros

  • Provides the highest priority for transit, improving speed, reliability, comfort and convenience
  • Maintains existing traffic capacity
  • Provides opportunities to improve existing active transportation network
  • Local transit can serve stops from curb lanes between rapid transit stops

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  • Requires all left-turns to occur at signalized intersections
  • Limited potential impacts to a few cultural heritage resources