SAHRA Information – Jan 10, 2019

Bathurst Street Closure – Town Hall & Survey

There is another community meeting planned on Jan 16 from 7:00-9:00 at Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1700 Bathurst Street, to provide feedback to Metrolinx regarding the planned closure of Bathurst Street at Eglinton.

Metrolinx is saying that closing Bathurst Street completely for a minimum of 7 months (they admitted it could go much longer due to the unpredictability of infrastructure work), they will shave 3 months off of overall construction time.

But there are downsides that perhaps do not justify the inconvenience not just to a community, but to the city at large.

Consider that:

  • traffic will be routed through neighbourhoods
  • safety of children is a major concern
  • buses will be routed through neighbourhoods
  • the only way to cross the intersection on foot will require an uphill walk a full block to a light; this is a problem for people with disabilities.
  • the route is a major hub for private and public schools in the neighbourhood
  • alternative routes like Dufferin and Avenue Road will be impacted
  • retailers have struggled to survive over the course of construction, a complete closure will likely cause some to go out of business

There is also a Survey that you can complete about Metrolinx’s proposal to close Bathurst between Wembley and Eglinton for 7 months:

This survey has received 450 responses to date and the data is being shared with the city of Toronto and local media.

Come out and discuss the specifics of the closure and the details of work planned within the closure area.