eglinton crosstown construction

People in Toronto upset that a long-anticipated project keeps being delayed

As construction on the delay-plagued Eglinton Crosstown LRT drags on, so do consultations involving a separate street project that's proposed for the busy corridor. 

The eglintonTOday Complete Street project proposes to implement several street features, including bikeways and public realm upgrades along Eglinton Avenue between Keele Street and Mount Pleasant Road. 

The origin of the project spans back to at least 2014, when City Council approved the Eglinton Connects Planning Study which provided a long-term vision for the street following the introduction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. 

The project aims to reassign the existing road space to accommodate vehicles, parking, bikeways, seasonal patio extensions, as well as art installations and other neighbourhood events. 

Construction on the project has yet to begin, and despite city staff working to include stakeholder consultations in the final design, local residents are upset that the project has taken so long to come to fruition. 

Changes along the busy corridor will depend on roadway width, but include on-street parking, space for CaféTO applicants, addition of protected cycle tracks, and streetscape features like parkettes, planters, and public art. 

Consultations for the project began back in the spring of 2022 in hopes of gathering public input on street priorities, and the city has already hosted two drop-in events this year to gather input from stakeholders on the project's design. 

City staff are set to provide an update to the Infrastructure & Environment Committee (IEC) of City Council at their meeting on June 5. 

In fall 2023, city staff will report to the committee with a report outlining the final recommended design, although the meeting date has not yet been confirmed. 

According to the city website, complete street installation and road resurfacing are planned to align with the opening of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. 

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