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Backgrounder: City of Toronto’s efforts to reduce congestion at top 10 hotspot intersections

September 26, 2016

The City of Toronto is taking action to improve the flow of traffic at the top 10 most congested intersections or “hotspots” in Toronto. These changes are part of phase two of the city’s Congestion Management Plan.

 

The following is a list of hotspot intersections with the actions and implementation dates for each location:

 

Eglinton Avenue West and Martin Grove Road

  • Signal timing optimized with new pedestrian timing to allow pedestrians more time to cross the intersection. Completed April 2016.
  • Local traffic controller signal timings upgraded to ensure signal operation is maintained in the event communication with central system is interrupted. Completed April 2016.
  • Installed an upgraded traffic signal controller to allow signals to better adapt to different traffic volumes. Completed July 2016.
  • Implemented a northbound left turn priority feature during the afternoon peak traffic period to improve the flow of traffic. Completed July 2016.
  • An overall signal cycle length increase in the afternoon traffic period to provide longer green times for vehicle movements. Completed July 2016.
  • Install a CCTV camera to allow staff to remotely monitor traffic incidents at intersections and respond as necessary. Planned as part of a 2017 installation.
  • Implement dual eastbound left turn lanes to accommodate more vehicles turning left in the intersection. Planned as part of future capital programs.

 

Lawrence Avenue West and Black Creek Drive

  • Changed the left turn signal so that it activates with fewer cars lining up. Completed August 2016.
  • Implement dual southbound left turn lanes to accommodate more vehicles turning left in the intersection. Planned as part of future capital programs.
  • Extend the westbound right turn lane to accommodate more vehicles turning, resulting in better traffic flow. Planned as part of future capital programs.

 

St. Clair Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road

  • Reallocated green time from the northbound left turn to the eastbound left turn phase during the afternoon peak to better balance traffic demand at the intersection. Completed August 2016.
  • Increased the afternoon peak signal cycle length to provide longer green times for traffic movements. Completed August 2016.
  • Install a CCTV camera to allow staff to remotely monitor traffic incidents at intersections and respond as necessary. Planned as part of a 2017 installation.

 

Finch Avenue and Yonge Street

  • Enforcement of parking restrictions on Yonge Street just north of Finch Avenue, and modify parking regulation signs to make them more visible. Completed.
  • Coordination review of the signals on Yonge Street and on Finch Avenue with signals to the north and south of the intersection to improve traffic flow on both Yonge Street and Finch Avenue. Completed September 2016.
  • Discussions with TTC about scheduling to reduce buses bunching up upon arrival. To be completed in fall 2016.
  • Install a CCTV camera to allow staff to remotely monitor traffic incidents at intersections and respond as necessary. Planned as part of a 2017 installation.

 

Sheppard Avenue and Yonge Street

  • Repaired signal communications to allow for consistent coordination of traffic signals on Yonge Street from Sheppard Avenue to Lord Seaton Road to ensure that local signal timings are appropriate in an event of a communication failure. Completed July 2016.
  • Complete the environmental assessment for the Doris Avenue Extension which will provide an alternate route to Yonge Street, relieving pressure from the Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue intersection. Ongoing work.
  • Traffic Assistance Personnel (TAP) location. Police on site to help direct traffic to improve traffic flow and the safety of all road users. To be completed in fall 2016.

 

Bloor Street East and Parliament Street

  • Increase the westbound green time during the morning peak period as well as the eastbound green time during the afternoon peak period. Planned for December 2016.
  • Update the signal coordination study along Bloor Street East to improve traffic flow on Bloor Street. Planned for December 2016.
  • Install zebra stripe pedestrian crosswalks to enhance pedestrian safety. Planned as part of the 2016 repaint program, subject to review of road work.
  • Reconfigure the intersection to make it more of a "T" intersection by removing the right turn channel and reconfiguring the pedestrian crossings which will assist the flow of traffic as well as improve pedestrian safety. Planned as part of future capital programs.
  • Install a CCTV camera to allow staff to remotely monitor traffic incidents at intersections and respond as necessary. Planned as part of a 2017 installation.

 

O'Connor Drive and Don Mills Road

  • Installed a CCTV camera to allow staff to remotely monitor traffic incidents at intersections and respond as necessary. Completed March 2016.
  • An overall cycle length increase during all periods to provide longer green times for vehicle movements. Timing TBD.
  • Exploring the effects of adding a second eastbound left turn lane to accommodate more vehicles turning left in the intersection. Planned as part of future capital programs.

 

Eastern Avenue and Carlaw Avenue

  • Eliminated the morning peak westbound left-turn phase and reallocate 11 seconds between northbound/southbound and eastbound/westbound through movements. This will enhance traffic flow through the intersection. Completed September 2016.
  • Prohibit southbound left turns during the morning peak period to improve the flow of traffic. To be completed in fall 2016.
  • Prohibit northbound left turns during the afternoon peak period to improve the flow of traffic. To be completed in fall 2016.
  • Update the signal coordination study including the intersection of Eastern Avenue at Carlaw Avenue and adjacent intersection along the north/south and east/west corridor to improve traffic flow. Planned for December 2016.
  • Install a CCTV camera to allow staff to remotely monitor traffic incidents at intersections and respond as necessary. Planned as part of a 2017 installation.

 

Finch Avenue East and Victoria Park Avenue

  • Installed a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera to allow staff to remotely monitor traffic incidents at intersections and respond as necessary. Completed March 2016
  • Installed a new afternoon peak signal timing plan to improve traffic flow during rush hour. Completed July 2016.
  • Installed "Turning Traffic Must Yield to Pedestrians/Cyclists" signs to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Completed September 2016.
  • Install an eastbound left turn advance arrow during peak periods to enhance eastbound left turn efficiency. Planned for June 2017.
  • Finch Avenue East will be included in the Traffic Signals Coordination project to improve traffic flow on Finch Avenue with fewer stops in the coordinated direction of travel. Planned as part of a 2017 installation.

 

Kingston Road and Lawrence Avenue East

  • Install a CCTV camera to allow staff to remotely monitor traffic incidents at intersections and respond as necessary. Planned as part of a 2017 installation.

 

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Media contact: Steve Johnston, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca

 


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