Work to transform section of Bloor Street West now underway

Motorists will now find it a tight squeeze along Bloor Street West between Prince Edward Drive and the South Kingsway as a project to reimagine the section of road near the Old Mill begins.

Lane restrictions for work on the ‘Bloor Street West Complete Street Project’ went into place on Monday.

Traffic is now reduced to a single lane through the work zone, and those lane restrictions are permanent. The project aims to reconfigure the roadway from four lanes to two. This will allow for only one lane of traffic in each direction while adding several other features to make the area more pedestrian and cyclist friendly.

“The project will provide road safety improvements, cycle tracks, and public realm upgrades to meet Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan and Climate Change Action Plan goals,” a website for the project says.

“Changes to Bloor Street West will be made with materials that can be installed quickly, such as bollards, roadway paint, planters and signage.”

Bloor West Complete Street map

A map for the project shows phase one work planned for between Runnymede Road and Aberfoyle Crescent, and phase two between Aberfoyle and Resurrection Road. (City of Toronto)

The work now underway represents phase one of the two phase project. The first phase will eventually extend the lane restrictions between Runnymede Road and Aberfoyle Crescent, west of Royal York Road.

Phase one is expected to continue through the end of 2024, with crews then beginning phase two near Islington Avenue between Aberfoyle Crescent and Resurrection Road.

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