Cycling Network

State of Good Repair

The goal of the Transportation Services division is to keep the roads in a state of good repair at a minimal cost to the taxpayer.

This cost-effective way of maintaining the roads is called “life-cycle costing.” It means fixing the roads as necessary to avoid costly maintenance in the future and, in essence, postponing the date when an old road would have to be completely reconstructed.

A large-scale State of Good Repair (SOGR) inventory of Toronto's bike lanes was undertaken by City Staff from the Cycling Infrastructure and Programs Unit in December 2009.  Staff inspected on-street bike lanes to identify repairs in different parts of the City.

Deficiencies were identified in three broad categories; Road surface condition, Pavement markings and Missing signage. All of this information was compiled into a comprehensive database detailing where and what type of maintenance is required, so that work may be undertaken on an ongoing basis.

SOGR Work Scheduled for 2011/2012

 

The following bike lanes will be repaired during 2011 and 2012 as part of Transportation Services Capital Programming. Specific timing will be determined by the schedule of the individual projects.

Road

 
Segment to Repair

 
Implementation Schedule

 
St George St

 
Dupont Street to Bloor Street

 
2011

 
Strathcona St

 
Carlaw Ave to Pape Ave

 
2011

 
Greenwood Ave

 
Gerrard St E to Dundas St E

 
2011/2012

 
Sherbourne Street

 
Front St to King St

 
(2012)

 



SOGR Projects, Completed Summer 2010

 

The following work was completed as part of the Summer 2010 construction Season;

Bike Lane Resurfacing


8.3 km bike lanes have were completely resurfaced and pavement markings reinstalled in 2010.

Road Segment to Repair Implementation Status
Harbord Street Spadina Ave to Ossington Street Complete
Davenport Road Christie Street to Ossington Avenue Complete
Yonge Street (southbound) Harbour Street to Queens Quay Boulevard Complete
Poplar Plains Road St Clair Avenue to Macpherson Street Complete
Russell Hill Road/Boulton Drive St Clair Avenue to Macpherson Street Complete
Bayview Avenue Rosedale Valley Road to Brickworks (also includes physical separation, off-street path upgrade, bridge repair)* Complete
*physical separation to be installed in 2011
Bloor Street E/Danforth Avenue Broadview Avenue to Castle Frank Road Complete
Cosburn Road Coxwell Avenue to Donlands Road*
 
Complete
* Pavement markings will be completed in spring 2011

Bike Lane spot repairs


In addition, sections of the following bike lanes were spot repaired in summer 2010.

Road Segment to Repair Implementation Status
Davenport Road Spot repair Complete
Christie Street Spot repair Complete
Vaughan Road Spot repair Complete
Queens Quay Boulevard W Spot repair Complete
College Street Spot repair Complete
Hoskin Street Spot repair Complete
Eastern Avenue Spot repair Complete
Bedford Road Spot repair Complete
Cosburn Avenue Spot repair Complete
Jones Avenue Spot repair Complete
Logan Avenue Spot repair Complete

Repairing Pavement Markings


Pavement markings were reinstalled for several bike lanes which were missing. Some bike lane locations are also scheduled to be repainted by summer 2011.
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Identifying the Deficiencies

  • During this inspection process, how were the bikeways evaluated? Transportation Services Division staff inspected all existing bicycle lanes (118 kilometres of roadway) in the City during the first week of December 2009 to identify the need for repairs.
  • Transportation Services Division staff identified deficiencies in three broad categories:

    1. Road surface condition: Depending upon the severity of damage to the pavement and need for repair, road surface condition has been prioritized into three classes.

    2. Pavement markings: Pavement marking deficiencies included faded or non-existent lines and symbols for bike lanes.  Dropped bike lanes at the intersections and missing/faded right edge lines were also noted.
    3. Missing signage: Missing signage for bikeway routes, traffic signs (no parking and no stopping signs) and signage to mark the beginning/end of bike lanes were included.
  • All of this information was compiled into a comprehensive database detailing where and what type of maintenance is required.

Addressing Specific Deficiencies

  • Emergency repair

For example, potholes on bicycle lanes, which were noted during the inspections were reported immediately through the City 3-1-1 system for repair.

  • Moving forward

Implementation of the state of good repair maintenance started in spring 2010, and will continue throughout 2010. Some repair work is also scheduled for 2011.

  • Repairing road surface condition

Surface conditions have been identified as priority one, two, or three; where priority one denotes the surface condition which requires immediate repair and priority three requires minor/less urgent type of repair.

Transportation Services Division staff reviewed prioritized locations based on Division’s Capital Works Program (CWP) for 2011-2012, works planned by utility companies in 2011-2012 – which are also coordinated with CWP; and work load/scheduling of the Division’s 2010 road repair contracts. Based on the above criteria, surface condition improvements projects are categorized in five groups. Implementation schedules (current or planned) for each category are mentioned alongside.

Locations identified in Transportation Services Division’s Capital Works Program (CWP) for 2011 will be determined by the schedule of the individual projects. Locations include:

Road Segments to Repair Implementation Year
St George St Dupont St to Bloor St(Northbound/Southbound) 2011
Strathcona St Carlaw Ave to Pape Ave (Eastbound) 2011
Greenwood Ave Gerrard St E to Dundas St E (Southbound) 2011
Sherbourne St Front St to King St (Northbound/Southbound) 2011

The following locations were not identified in Transportation Services Division’s Capital Works Program for 2011 or 2012. Discussion is underway to determine the feasibility of advancing these repairs to 2011 or 2012. The appropriate timing of these repairs will depend on funding availability, coordination with other City Divisions and utility companies and also on competing priorities. Locations include:

Road Segments to Repair Implementation Time
Sherbourne St King St to Gerrard St (Northbound/Southbound)
Carlton St to Wellesley St (Southbound)
Wellesley St to Isabella St (Southbound)
Isabella to Bloor St (Southbound)
To be determined
Poplar Plains Rd  Lynwood Ave to St Clair Ave (Northbound)
South of Cottingham St (Northbound)
North of Edmund Ave  (Northbound)
To be determined
Harbord St East of Spadina Ave (Westbound)
Just east of Montrose Ave (Eastbound)
219 Harbord St (Eastbound)
209-207 Harbord St (Eastbound)
Approaching Borden St (Eastbound)
Approaching Huron St (Eastbound)
To be determined
Russell Hill Rd/Boulton Dr At St Clair Ave (Southbound)
 St Clair to Boulton Dr (Southbound)
To be determined
Bedford Rd Davenport Rd to Prince Arthur Ave (Northbound/Southbound) To be determined
Cosburn Ave West of Woodbine Ave (Westbound)
East of Lankin Blvd (Westbound)
At Roosevelt Rd (Westbound)
Broadview Ave to Logan Ave (Eastbound)
Donlands Ave to Coxwell Ave (Eastbound)
West of Woodbine Ave (Westbound)
West of Cedarvale Ave (Westbound)
To be determined
Jones Ave Queen St to E Dundas St E (Northbound/Southbound)
At Hunter St (Southbound)
Boultbee Ave to Gerrard St E (Northbound/Southbound)
To be determined
Logan Ave South of Dundas St E (Northbound/Southbound) To be determined
Queens Quay Blvd W Stadium Rd to Little Norway Crt (Westbound) To be determined

The following locations were identified in Transportation Services Division’s Capital Works Program for 2010 or 2011. However, these works are on hold due to other conflicting capital works (such as installation of Transmission Watermain). Repair schedule for these segments will be determined based on the completion of the conflicting capital works. Locations include:

Road Segments to Repair Implementation Time
Shuter St River St to Jarvis St (Eastbound/Westbound)
Church St to Yonge St (Westbound)
Victoria St to Bond St (Eastbound)
To be determined
Gerrard St Bay St to Yonge St (Eastbound/Westbound)
Yonge St to Church St (Eastbound/Westbound)
Church St to Jarvis St (Eastbound/Westbound)
Jarvis St to Sherbourne St (Eastbound/Westbound)
Sherbourne St to Parliament St (Eastbound)
To be determined
  • Repairing Pavement Markings

    Missing or faded bike lanes or bike symbols, missing or faded right edge lines or non-existent bike lanes approaching an intersection or at an intersection were observed at different bike lane routes during the inspection period. Transportation Services Division staff are currently preparing a scheduling package to repair the pavement markings. Most of these locations will be repaired by this year - weather permitting and availability of schedules by work crews. The rest of the locations will be repaired by summer 2011.

  • Repairing Missing Signage

    Transportation Services Division staff are preparing a work plan to install missing cycling route signage, missing traffic signs and other missing signage related to existing bike lanes. These will be implemented by the end of 2010. Co-ordination with on-street bike lanes/bike routes, which are part of RInC funded bikeway trails, is also included within this work plan

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