THIS HAS BEEN APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL
Transportation Services is seeking City Council authority to install the proposed complete street elements on Bloor Street West from Runnymede Road to Resurrection Road as well as accompanying changes to the South Kingsway intersection. If approved, phase 1 from Runnymede Road to Aberfoyle Crescent would be installed in summer of 2023. Changes to Bloor Street West would be made with materials that can be installed quickly, such as bollards, roadway paint, planters and signage. No major road reconstruction is planned.
Highlights of the proposed design on Bloor Street West include the following:
- Reducing the speed limit to 40km/hr between Runnymede Road and Kipling Avenue;
- New cycle tracks with physical separation on both sides;
- One motor vehicle lane removed in each direction between Runnymede Road and Aberfoyle Crescent;
- One motor vehicle lane removed in the eastbound direction between Aberfoyle Crescent and Resurrection Road (due to the wider right-of-way and motor vehicle volumes, it is proposed to maintain two westbound motor vehicle lanes in this segment);
- Centre median maintained between Kingscourt Drive and Royal York Road, and a new painted median over the Humber River and the Mimico Creek bridges;
- Centre left-turn lane between Aberfoyle Crescent and Green Lanes;
- Centre lane or median converted to new, centre left-turn lane from Armadale Avenue to South Kingsway; Old Mill Drive to Riverside Drive; Old Mill Trail and Kingscourt Drive; and Royal York Road and Aberfoyle Crescent;
- Existing turn lanes at major intersections maintained between Prince Edward Drive and Aberfoyle Crescent;
- Westbound bus lane and right-turn lane on the north side of Bloor Street West from Armadale Avenue to Jane Street;
- On-street parking retained on both sides of the street from Runnymede Road to Armadale Avenue, and in existing parking lay-bys from Armadale Avenue to Aberfoyle Crescent (in the summer, on-street parking can become cafés beside the sidewalk as part of the CaféTO program); and
- One painted pedestrian lane on the south side between Kingscourt Drive and Prince Edward Drive to address the existing sidewalk gap adjacent to the cemetery before a permanent sidewalk can be built.
Highlights of the proposed design at the South Kingsway intersection include the following:
- New cycle tracks and removal of one motor vehicle lane per direction on Bloor Street West;
- Close the eastern entrance of Mossom Road to southbound vehicles in order to improve safety and predictability of motor vehicle movements at the intersection. The majority of pedestrian collisions have occurred with drivers turning across the South Kingsway crosswalk with pedestrians having the right-of-way. Two irregular driving manoeuvers would no longer be allowed with the proposed closure to the eastern entrance. Mossom Road would be converted to two-way travel for part of its length to provide residential access. A new left-turn lane would be provided at Riverside Drive and the existing left-turn restriction from Bloor Street West would be removed;
- Extend the length of left-turn lanes for drivers turning from Bloor Street West onto South Kingsway and Jane Street; and
- Add more green signal time for the busiest motor vehicle movements.