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Traffic & Transportation - Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard

← Return to Early Works: Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard Draft Report

Key Findings

  • The study area includes one north-south expressway (Don Valley Parkway), three north-south roads (Cherry Street, Don Roadway and Bayview Avenue) and two east-west roads (Lake Shore Boulevard East and Mill Street).
  • The active transportation network includes two major multi-use pathways (Lower Don Trail and Martin Goodman Trail), a minor multi-use pathway connecting trails, sidewalks and on-street bike lanes along both sides of Mill Street, Cherry Street and Bayview Avenue.
  • The rail network within the study area includes Metrolinx-owned tracks that service GO Transit and VIA Rail lines as well as freight trains operated by Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific.
  • TTC operates two bus routes (#72 – Pape and #121 – Fort York-Esplanade) and one streetcar route (#504 – King) and Metrolinx operates one bus route (#61 Richmond Hill GO).
  • Consultation and coordination is ongoing with proponents of the current, future planned adjacent and nearby projects (e.g., Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard East Reconfiguration and Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project).
  • Construction-related impacts to traffic flow, transit route, pedestrian, cyclist and rail service may occur and will be 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 as required.

Note: Multi-use Pathway is a city-maintained and informal off-street pathway designated for pedestrians and cyclists. The minor and major classifications relate to the function of the pathway and the volume of active transportation users it attracts.

Existing Cycling Network in the Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard Early Works Traffic & Transportation Study Area

Existing Cycling Network in the Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard Early Works Traffic & Transportation Study Area
Source: Contains Information licensed under the Open Government Licence Ontario, City of Toronto and Metrolinx.

Potential Effects & Mitigation Measures

Potential Effects:

  • Temporary lane closures along the Don Valley Parkway during non-peak hours and increase in construction vehicle traffic causing impacts to traffic flow on the local road network.
  • Travel time delays for existing transit routes (i.e., TTC bus routes #72 Pape, #121 Fort York-Esplanade and #504A King Streetcar route) due to increase in construction vehicle traffic.
  • Temporary closure of the Lower Don Trail underneath and in close proximity to the rail corridor may impact mobility and convenience to pedestrians and cyclists. Temporary full or partial closure of existing rail tracks, which may cause temporary reductions or detours of 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 reduce 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.
  • Ensure that appropriate signage and notifications are provided to direct pedestrians and cyclists around the closed section of the Lower Don River Trail. Consult and coordinate with the City of Toronto during early works planning, including consideration of route detours.
  • 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.

GO Train above the Bala Underpass in the Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard early works study area.

GO Train above the Bala Underpass in the Lower Don Bridge and Don Yard early works study area.
Source: AECOM, 2019.

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