Traffic Issues

Construction – Avenue Road Bridge

Go the page Development/Avenue Road Bridge for information on the reconstruction.

http://sahratoronto.com/sahra2017/development/avenue-road-bridge/

 

Construction Work Notice – Dufferin/Bridgeland/Yorkdale

WSP Canada Inc. (Brennan Paving and Construction) has been selected by the Ministry of Transportation for Dufferin St. Bridge work and associated Hwy 401/Dufferin Street/Yorkdale Road reconfigurations.  The work is scheduled over two construction seasons, in 2018 and 2019. There will be temporary impacts to the travelling public as lanes will be reduced at certain times.  There will be full closures of Dufferin on 4 occasions; one weekend closure of Bridgeland; and two weekend closures of Yorkdale Road.  Temporary traffic signal systems will be installed for various stages of the work.  For information about the upcoming work or road closures, contact MTO through the 511 Traveller Information website (https://511on.ca/) or visit http://401ebc.ca.

 

Traffic Calming – Elm Rd

As of Sept, 2018 the speed humps have been installed on Elm between Felbrigg and Joicey.  Warning signs and Traffic Calming signs have not been installed – the Councillor has been asked about this.

Residents in the Elm/Dunblaine area have expressed concern dating back to Oct, 2014 with speeding between Haddington and Joicey, sliding stops at Dunblaine and concerns re safety as there are no sidewalks. A Transportation Services request was initiated by the Councillor. 24-hour speed and volume studies were conducted on Elm Road between Joicey Blvd and Felbrigg Avenue on Oct 16 and Dec 14, 2016. The results of the vehicle speed studies confirmed that operating speeds, the speeds at which 85% of the motorists are travelling at or below, was 43 km/h and the average vehicle speeds were at or below 36 km/h.

The Report to Action dated March 29, 2017 stated that the results of the assessment indicated that the minimum requirements of the traffic calming warrant have not been achieved and they recommended to DENY the installation of speed humps on Elm Road between Joicey Blvd and Felbrigg Avenue.

The North York Community Council chose to reject the DENY recommendation and instead directed Transportation Services to poll eligible households on Elm Rd between Joicey Blvd and Felbrigg Ave to (1) determine whether residents support the installation of traffic calming and to report back to the NYCC on the results (2) to develop a Traffic Calming Speed Hump plan (3) and investigate the feasibility of reducing the speed limit to 30 km/h.

Elm Road is a major secondary street running north from Lawrence up to a junction at Ridley Blvd. Sidewalks exist on both west and east sides from Lawrence to Brooke / no sidewalks exist north of Brooke up to Ridley Blvd. Many commuters turn onto Elm Road at Lawrence to avoid the traffic on Avenue Road, taking the route all the way up to Ridley and then returning to Avenue Road to access the 401. The posted speed limit is 40 km/h, which is in keeping with the other inner streets in the area. Elm Rd is used by many SAHRA residents/there are other streets with similar situations of speed and volume with no sidewalks.

SAHRA is not convinced that installing Speed Humps and/or reducing the speed limit in the specific blocks from Joicey to Felbrigg is an appropriate solution, for that area itself as well as for the Neighbourhood. We have the following questions/concerns:

  1. If speed humps are to be considered for this 3-block area, would other inner streets which are also being used as alternate routes for Yonge, Yonge Blvd and Avenue Road also be appropriate for speed humps?
  2. Shouldn’t the study cover Ridley Blvd down to Brooke Avenue, as these streets also do not have sidewalks?
  3. What criteria would call for a 30 km/h speed limit in the specific section from Felbrigg to Joicey whereas 40km/h is the speed limit for the inner streets in this area? It is not a school area.
  4. What is the possible success rate of adherence to a 30 km/h speed limit between Felbrigg to Joicey when Lawrence up to Felbrigg (including the Brooke to Felbrigg block which has no sidewalks) and the Joicey to Ridley block (which has no sidewalks) are at 40 km/h?
  5. SAHRA feels that the speed calming measures that are adopted would need to be applied to the entire stretch of no-sidewalks area from Brooke Ave to Ridley Ave.
  6. Has the use of Speed Limit Flashing Signs been considered, rather than Speed Humps?
  7. Has the possibility of installing sidewalks from Brooke Ave to Ridley Ave been considered? If Elm Rd is a secondary north/south route for traffic diverting off Avenue Road, perhaps the appropriate safety measure is to install sidewalks. Perhaps a very expensive and likely controversial solution.
  8. There have been many reviews/articles on the pros/cons/success rate of Speed Humps. Is this really the best approach for 3 blocks within the entire Elm Rd stretch from Lawrence to Ridley? Some articles:

    Why Municipalities are Moving Away from Speed Humps as a Traffic Calming Solution


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_bump
    https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commuting/toronto-get-ready-for-even-more-speed-humps/article20332471/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

We asked Transportation Services and the North York Community Council in our Nov 14th letter (attached) to consider these questions/concerns when they consider the best way to deal with the safety concerns on the Brooke to Ridley section of Elm Rd.

Elm Rd Traffic Calming SAHRA Nov 2017

Residents were advised to send an email to Transportation Services ([email protected]) and Councillor Carmichael Greb ([email protected]) if they had concerns about these traffic calming measures.

Transportation Services polled 94 eligible houses on Elm Rd between Felbrigg and Joicey.  57 ballots were returned with 43 in favour, 11 opposed and 3 spoiled.  The Transportaion Report was published and heard on Feb 21, 2018 by the North York Community Council.
Elm Rd Speed Humps Traffic Report

Toronto Paramedic Services and the Toronto Fire Dept were opposed to the installation.  The Warrant criteria for Traffic Calming was NOT met.  But the Polling results are and in favour and that provides the direction for the staff recommendations.  The Recommendations were approved by NYCC to:

  • Authorize the installation of traffic calming on Elm Rd, between Joicey Blvd and Felbrigg Ave (2 speed humps are to be installed at a cost of $8,000).
  • Authorize the speed limit reduction from 40 km/h to 30 km/h on Elm Road, between Joicey Blvd and Felbrigg Ave, when the speed humps are installed.

Elm Rd Speed Humps NYCC Feb 21 2018

Reimagining Yonge Study Proposes Major Changes in North York

Major upgrades may be coming to the stretch of Yonge Street from Sheppard Avenue north to the Finch Hydro Corridor as the Reimagining Yonge Street study is closing in on a preferred option for the revamp of the major artery. At last week’s Design Review Panel, City officials presented their findings and put forth a proposal to reduce Yonge from six to four lanes between Sheppard and Finch, while adding bike lanes, a landscaped median, wider sidewalks, and cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2016/09/reimagining-yonge-study-proposes-major-changes-north-york

This proposal was NOT accepted in 2018 by City Council.

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