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Traffic & Transportation - Lakeshore East Joint Corridor

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Key Findings

  • The study area includes four east-west arterial roads* (Eastern Avenue, Queen Street East, Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East), two north-south arterial roads (Carlaw Avenue and Jones Avenue), one north-south collector road** (Logan Avenue), plus several north-south and one-way local roads***. Construction access areas will be located along roads where heavy vehicles are permitted (i.e., arterial and collector roads).
  • The study area includes several pedestrian and cycling facilities and multiple Metrolinx-owned rail tracks that service GO Transit, VIA Rail commuter lines, and freight trains operated by Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway.
  • TTC operates two bus routes (#72 Pape and #143 Downtown/Beach Express) and three streetcar routes (#301 Queen Blue Night, #501 Queen, and #503 Kingston) within the study area.
  • During the early works activities, lane restrictions/closures, travel time delays, realignment of sidewalks and bike lanes, and rail closures will be temporary and reduced via appropriate mitigation measures (see Potential Effects & Mitigation Measures).
  • As the detailed construction staging schemes that describe the potential modifications to the existing transportation network become available, a comprehensive quantitative traffic impact assessment will be completed to reduce potential impacts to all transportation network users

*Arterial Road is a high-capacity urban road designed to deliver traffic at the highest possible level of service.
**Collector Road is a low-to-moderate-capacity road which serves to move traffic from local streets to arterial roads.
***Local road is a low-capacity road which serves lands adjacent to collector roads, extends over relatively short distances and has a low operating speed.

Existing Pedestrian Network in the Lakeshore East Joint Corridor Early Works Traffic and Transportation Study Area

Potential Effects & Mitigation Measures

Potential Effects:

  • There may be impacts to Eastern Avenue, Queen Street East, Dundas Street East, Carlaw Avenue and Logan Avenue in an effort to keep construction traffic off local roads the community relies on. These impacts could include temporary lane restrictions/closures and construction vehicle traffic causing impacts to traffic.
  • Travel time delays for existing transit routes (i.e., TTC bus routes #72 Pape and #143 Downtown/Beach Express and streetcar routes #301 Queen Blue Night, #501 Queen, and #503 Kingston) due to potential lane restrictions and construction vehicle traffic.
  • Potential realignment of the existing sidewalks along Queen Street East, Dundas Street East, and Logan Avenue could lead to increased walking distances.
  • Potential realignment of the existing on-street bike lanes along Dundas Street East and Logan Avenue.
  • Temporary full or partial closure of existing rail tracks may cause temporary reductions or delays of typical rail services

Mitigation Measures:

  • Develop and implement a transit and traffic management plan as planning progresses.
  • Consider scheduling early works activities during off-peak periods and weekends to minimize disruptions to traffic during the critical peak hours.
  • Issue notifications and advisory signage to alert traffic and transit users of any upcoming road closures and disruptions as required.
  • Coordinate with the City of Toronto to provide pedestrians and cyclists with safe, accessible, and continuous routes during early works activities.
  • Consult and coordinate with the City of Toronto to ensure any modifications to pedestrian crossing distances at signalized intersections are reflected in revised pedestrian clearance timing.
  • Consult with rail companies (i.e., Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, and VIA Rail) that operate along the rail corridor to assess how track closures would impact their service and coordinate temporary schedules to accommodate all rail services on the open tracks.

Westward view of Dundas Street East and the rail bridge from the intersection of Dundas Street East and Logan Avenue.

Westward view of Dundas Street East and the rail bridge from the intersection of Dundas Street East and Logan Avenue.
Source: Google Maps Street View, 2019

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