Roads and Trails

Liberty New Street - Class Environmental Assessment

The City of Toronto is studying the possibility of constructing a new east-west street along the south end of the Liberty neighbourhood between Dufferin Street and Strachan Avenue. The new street would provide the opportunity to improve circulation for all modes of travel and support community development.

Study area: Strachan Avenue to Dufferin Street on the north side of the GO Transit Lakeshore West rail corridor

Since late 2015 the City has made some minor changes to the proposed alignment of the new street to minimize property impacts.  See "Preferred Design" tab for the latest plan drawing.

The City aims to complete this study Summer 2016.  If endorsed by Council, potential implementation could follow a phased approach. Currently there is no schedule for construction. 

  

Next Opportunity for Input: May 16, 2016 Committee Meeting

A staff report on the study recommendations will be presented to a committee of City Council called the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC). The Committee reviews the report and can adopt the staff recommendations or suggest changes that will then be considered by City Council in their decision-making. Interested members of the public can arrange to speak or submit comments to PWIC:

MEETING: Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC)

DATE: May 16, 2016

TIME: 9:30 a.m. start

LOCATION:   Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

  

View the Liberty New Street staff report
under item PW13.10 on the PWIC agenda.

 

Submit comments and requests to speak at the above link, or learn more about deputations at the City Clerks web page: Have Your Say!

 

Final Report to Follow

If endorsed by City Council, the final Environmental Assessment (EA) Study Report will be published for 30 day public review.  The City’s Transportation Services Division would develop an implementation strategy for detailed design and construction of the new street, including a construction schedule. Construction of the new street is anticipated to be undertaken in a phased approach. Currently there is no schedule for construction.

Introductory Workshop (March 2011)

An introductory public information session was held on March 1, 2011. See information materials below.

 

Public Open House #1 (June 2011)

On June 20, 2011 the Liberty New Street Study formal Public Open House #1 was held in Liberty Market Building, Tenant's Lounge.

 

Public Open House #2 (December 2011)

On December 1, 2011 the Liberty New Street Study Public Open House #2 was held in Liberty Market Building, Tenant's Lounge.  Participants viewed and discussed the preferred design of a new east-west street and the detailed evaluation of options and proposed urban design concepts. The event was well attended with clear public support for the recommended design.

   

Updates Since the Last Public Open House

A lot has changed since 2011. The GO Transit / Strachan Avenue Grade Separation has been completed and with it permanent traffic signals at Strachan Avenue/East Liberty Street/Ordnance Street have been installed. Multiple private developments have been completed in the area, with more on the way.

Telus Tower Study

A separate study was needed to consider moving the Telus telecommunications tower and fiber optic hub which blocks the proposed road alignment east of Pirandello St. In consultation with Telus, the study determined that the tower can be moved 27 metres southwest, away from the proposed new street.

Feasibility of Strachan Avenue Connection

Options for connecting the new street, Strachan Avenue, and the Ordnance Triangle redevelopment (on the east side of Strachan Avenue) were considered, including an underpass, the termination of the new street west of Strachan Avenue, or an at-grade intersection. Due to grade differences, connecting to 14 Strachan Avenue (a new tower planned at the south west corner of East Liberty Street and Strachan Ave) and providing an underpass were both found not to be feasible, while not providing connection directly to Strachan Avenue was found to have undesirable traffic impacts at the intersection of East Liberty Street and Strachan Avenue. An at-grade intersection was found to be feasible, although it will operate as a right-in/right-out. Left turns will be prohibited because the changes in grade to the south limit necessary sightlines.

Cycling Connections

Considering the design prohibits left turns from the new street on to Strachan Avenue, the bike facility along the new street would not connect to the northbound bike lane on Strachan Avenue. Further, considering that the plans for Ordnance Triangle include a bike facility on Ordnance Street, a potential connection along Pirandello Street and East Liberty Street has been recommended. In doing so, the multi-use path along the south side of new street would tie-in to shared lanes (sharrows) along Pirandello Street.

 

Next Opportunity for Input: April 25, 2016 Committee Meeting

A staff report on the study recommendations will be presented to a committee of City Council called the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC). The Committee reviews the report and can adopt the staff recommendations or suggest changes that will then be considered by City Council in their decision-making. Interested members of the public can arrange to speak or submit comments to PWIC:

MEETING: Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC)

DATE: April 25, 2016

TIME: 9:30 a.m. start

LOCATION:   Committee Room 2, 2nd Floor, City Hall , 100 Queen Street West

 

View the Liberty New Street staff report under item PW12.12 on the PWIC agenda.

 

Submit comments and requests to speak at the above link, or learn more about deputations at the City Clerks web page: Have Your Say!

 

Final Report to Follow

If endorsed by City Council, the final Environmental Assessment (EA) Study Report will be published for 30 day public review.  The City’s Transportation Services Division would develop an implementation strategy for detailed design and construction of the new street, including a construction schedule. Construction of the new street is anticipated to be undertaken in a phased approach. Currently there is no schedule for construction.

Preferred Design

Similar to what was presented at the December 2011 Public Open House (see Public Consultation section), the preferred design continues to be Option 2C - Construct a New Two-Lane Local Road with Adjacent Multi-use Path.

The design would include the following:

  • Two-way connections at all intersecting north-south streets, except for Strachan Avenue, which would be restricted to southbound only travel (right-in, right-out)
  • Two traffic lanes (one in each direction)
  • No on street parking
  • A sidewalk on the north side of the road
  • A two-way multi-use trail for cyclists and pedestrians on the south side of the road
  • Landscaping and civic improvements, including south-facing lookouts, where possible

 

See description of new street above

UPDATED April 2016:
View larger image of plan drawing (PDF)

 

The intersection of the new Street at Dufferin Street would be just north of the planned upgraded Dufferin Street bridge across the Gardiner Expressway and rail corridor. It is recommended that this new intersection be signalized.

 

A 30 metre parking lay-by would be provided west of Atlantic Avenue to organize passenger pick-up/drop-offs for the GO Station. The recommended design does not accommodate on-street parking, as stakeholders and City staff preferred this space being dedicated for a pedestrian/cyclist link and landscaping.  Local parking may also be accommodated through garage space provided by potential new developments.

 

The pictures below show typical roadway components for the preferred design. The first picture shows the road west of Fraser Avenue where a 15.0 metre right-of-way (ROW) is available.

 See description of street at top

The second picture below shows a cross section between Atlantic Avenue and Pirandello Street which has a right-of-way (ROW) greater than 15.0 metres.

See description of street at top

 

Other elements proposed include bleacher-style seating located in select areas between the new street and rail corridor as shown in the image below.

See description above

 

Further, there is also an opportunity to create new public open space located north of the new street in front of 9 Hanna Avenue as shown below. The space would be proposed to contain a mix of open space and public seating.

See description above

The location for these public open space features is proposed north of the new street because it is closer to the community and cyclists and pedestrians will not need to cross the new street to get to them.

The intersection of the new street at Strachan Avenue will operate as a right-in/right-out. Left turns will be prohibited because the changes in grade to the south limit necessary sightlines.  

Cyclists travelling on the west side of Strachan Avenue will have full access to/from the multi-use trail.  Shared lanes (bike sharrows) are recommended on Pirandello Street between the new street and East Liberty Street, ultimately connecting to Strachan Avenue along East Liberty Street.