Roads and Trails

Bloor Street East Streetscape Improvements

The City of Toronto is planning improvements to the Bloor Street East streetscape from St. Paul's Square to Parliament Street.

News and Updates

The Bloor Street East Streetscape Improvements project has been deferred to 2019. The City originally planned to deliver the road resurfacing and streetscape work as part of the 2017 Capital Plan.

Recently, City staff recommended the Bloor Street East Streetscape & Resurfacing project include the reconstruction of the Bloor Street East and Parliament Street intersection. Benefits of reconstructing this intersection include:

  • Providing shorter crossings for pedestrians
  • Reducing vehicle turn speeds and associated collision risk
  • Improving accessibility for visually impaired pedestrians with the addition of Accessible Pedestrian Signals
  • Improving accessibility for pedestrians with mobility challenges at the north-south crossing by adding a curb ramp
  • Improving intersection traffic operations
  • Adding bicycle left-turn in both directions (westbound left south onto Parliament Street, and northbound left west onto Bloor Street East)

 

Completing both the Bloor Street East Streetscape Improvements and the intersection reconstruction at the same time provides multiple benefits, including:

  • Reducing disruption to the neighbourhood
  • Reducing project costs
  • Improving coordination between these projects and other City initiatives and developments at the southwest corner of Bloor Street East and Parliament Street

 

If the Bloor Street East and Parliament Street intersection is not reconstructed in coordination with the Bloor Street East Streetscape Improvements, there may not be another opportunity to complete this work as part of a major capital project for another 15-20 years.

Deferring the Bloor Street East Streetscape Improvements project will provide the planning and design time necessary for these projects to be completed together. This will ensure the best value, best quality, and minimal disruption for the community. In the meantime, the City will carry out interim repairs to asphalt and concrete in November 2016 as part of the utility cut restoration program to address existing poor road and sidewalk conditions.

The goal of this project is to establish a consistent streetscape along Bloor Street, and improve user experience. The City is confident this will be achieved under the revised schedule. Once a delivery schedule has been confirmed, the project team will communicate a revised schedule and resume the public consultation process. The City appreciates your involvement in the Bloor Street East Streetscape Improvements project.

If you would like to add your email to the project mailing list, please contact Kate Nelischer at knelischer@toronto.ca.

Thank you to everyone who attended the first Public Meeting on January 11, 2016. The second phase of public consultation is anticipated to take place in Fall 2016.

You can view the notice for the first Public Meeting here.

You can access the comment card provided at the Public Meeting here.

Below are the panels displayed at the first Public Meeting:

A second Public Meeting is anticipated in Spring 2016.

If you would like to add your email to the project mailing list, please contact Kate Nelischer at knelischer@toronto.ca.

Bloor Street East, from St. Paul's Square to Parliament Street (Wards 27 and 28), is scheduled for roadway asphalt resurfacing in 2017 as part of the Transportation Services Capital Plan. An opportunity has been identified to include streetscape improvements with the asphalt rehabilitation. Over the past year, the City has studied Bloor Street East to assess the existing conditions and identify potential for streetscape improvements. Improvements may include sidewalk repairs and upgrades, new tree planting and preservation of existing trees, additional seating and bicycle parking, improved signage, and providing for future bike lanes. 

This project will help to establish a consistent streetscape along Bloor Street, and strengthen connections to the neighbouring ravine.

The project team for the Bloor Street East Streetscape Improvements is working closely with the City's Cycling Infrastructure & Programs Unit to coordinate cycling infrastructure along Bloor Street. The Cycling Infrastructure & Programs Unit is proposing a pilot project to install bike lanes on Bloor Street West between Shaw Street (east of Ossington Avenue) and Avenue Road. More information about this project can be found here.

*This is a preliminary timeline and is subject to change.

Winter 2015: The project team conducted and inventory and analysis of the study area to determine existing conditions and opportunities.

Spring/Summer 2015: The project team met with neighbourhood groups and the local Councillors to gather insight into what improvements the community would like to see along Bloor Street East.

Summer/Fall 2015: The project team developed a preliminary design concept for street improvements.

January 11, 2016: Public meeting to gather feedback on the preliminary design concept.

The Bloor Street East Streetscape Improvements project has been deferred to 2019. The City originally planned to deliver the road resurfacing and streetscape work as part of the 2017 Capital Plan. 

Deferring the Bloor Street East Streetscape Improvements project will provide the planning and design time necessary for these projects to be completed together. This will ensure the best value, best quality, and minimal disruption for the community. In the meantime, the City will carry out interim repairs to asphalt and concrete in November 2016 as part of the utility cut restoration program to address existing poor road and sidewalk conditions.

Once a delivery schedule has been confirmed, the project team will communicate a revised schedule and resume the public consultation process.