We understand the daily impact of increased congestion and traffic at certain locations is difficult. We’re working closely with the City of Toronto to keep traffic moving across a very large road network.
We have a Traffic Management Plan for the Lake Shore Boulevard East project that aims to address issues that come up as best we can. It is a live document that is being evaluated and revised as the project progresses. The project team has been soliciting feedback from the public and our Construction Liaison Committee made up of affected residents and businesses, as well as monitoring traffic in and around the construction zone. To address any significant impacts, we will continue to adjust the traffic signal timings and traffic signal coordination as required.
Some of the tools in our Traffic Management Plan are:
- Coordinating with the City of Toronto and outside agencies such as Metrolinx and Toronto Hydro to identify their construction needs and avoid overlapping road closures
- Changes to lane configuration and traffic signal timing
- Reconstruction at certain intersections and ramps to the Gardiner Expressway to improve the flow of traffic during construction
- Fully separated cycling facilities on all detour routes
- Listening to your feedback and making changes wherever possible to keep improving our plans to minimize disruptions
It’s important to note that the traffic study that informed our Traffic Management Plan looked at a very large area of the city – because we know that construction on key traffic routes has impacts far beyond our construction zone. In fact, without any mitigations, this work could jam up the entire network. Our plan identified ways to keep traffic moving across this entire network. Even with our mitigations in place, we can expect congestion at some locations.
For more in-depth questions and answers about traffic and congestion, including on specific streets, please see the Q & A from the December 2021 Councillor’s Townhall.