From: Councillor Lucy Troisi, Ward 28
At recent community meetings, several traffic issues were raised by residents. Transportation Services has provided a response to my request for comments.
Below is a list of existing traffic operations issues discussed at recent meetings (Cabbagetown BIA Meeting and Local Residents Meeting) attended by Traffic Operations staff.
Spruce Street and Gifford Street - All-way Stop Control
Transportation Services is studying the feasibility of installing stop control on Spruce Street at Gifford Street, resulting in an all-way stop at this intersection. Turning movement volume counts are to be undertaken and warrant analysis is to then be completed. A staff report can go to the January 2019 Toronto and East York Community Council meeting.
Parliament Street and Carlton Street - Signal modification
Transportation Services is investigating the possibility of adding the east leg of Carlton Street into the existing traffic control signal operation. Modelling of the intersection and analysis is underway but is yet to be completed.
Pedestrian Crossover (PXO) on Carlton Street at Bowman Street - No Stopping Signage
Transportation Services is reviewing the existing signage. A site visit was conducted, confirming that incorrect signage is currently installed. No Stopping signs are to be installed by Signs and Markings Unit 15 metres on approach to the PXO and 9 metres beyond, as per Municipal Code Chapter 950-400-B, in both east and west directions.
Parliament Street, south of Spruce Street - Commercial Loading Zone between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Transportation Services is looking into the feasibility of installing a commercial loading zone on Parliament Street. A site visit was undertaken to determine if this is feasible.
Stopping is prohibited on the east side of Parliament Street; 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Mon. to Fri., except public holidays. Pay and Display parking exists on Parliament Street, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mon. to Fri.; 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sat.; 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sun.
The existing stopping prohibition does not allow for a commercial loading zone to be implemented between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Since on-street parking is already limited within the area, removing spaces is not recommended.
Spruce Street, east of Exchange Lane - Possibly amending existing No Parking areas to provide more on-street parking spaces
Transportation Services is reviewing the existing parking regulations. A site visit was undertaken to determine if parking can be amended.
The majority of the north side of Spruce Street, between Exchange Lane and Sackville Street, is utilized for on-street parking. The existing No Parking area, east of Dermott Place, cannot be amended to allow parking due to an existing fire hydrant and road narrowing.
There are a number of segments of No Parking on the south side of Spruce Street, east of Rolston Avenue. The majority of these segments have been implemented to provide adequate sight distance and turning radius for vehicles exiting side streets. There may be an opportunity to provide extra spaces within the No Parking area immediately west of Sackville Street.
Exchange Lane, between Carlton Street and Spruce Street – Review No Parking signage within this lane
This is a review of existing signage. A site visit has been undertaken to determine the location of No Parking in Lane signage. The existing No Parking in Lane signage on the west side of Exchange Lane is adequate, however some of the signs are damaged or misaligned. A work order has been created requesting the City's Signs and Markings Unit to repair these signs. Additional signage has been requested to be installed to further emphasize the parking prohibition within this lane.
Broadcast Lane Speed Bumps – Request for sample petition
Traffic Operations does not have a standard petition form, as these usually come to us via Councillor's offices or local residents. Any form which includes resident's names, address, contact email/phone number and signature should be sufficient.
Contra-Flow Bicycle Lane on Sackville Street between Carlton Street and Gerrard Street
The Manager of the Cycling Unit has been in contact with Councillor Troisi's office and has indicated that within their 10 year cycling network plan for ward 28, they have planned for a contra-flow cycling facility on Sackville Street between Wellesley Street and Shuter Street. A map for Ward 28 can be found here;
The route will be contra-flow within the one-way segments of Sackville Street and a quiet street route with sharrow markings within the two-way segments. They are projecting completion within 2019 and will be reaching out to the Councillor following the upcoming election to make arrangements for public consultation prior to bringing a report forward to Council next year.
Construction of new pavement on Carlton Street, east of Parliament Street
Staff has discussed this with Transportation Services Engineers (Engineering Construction Services, and Transportation Services and Infrastructure Asset Management). Given the delivery pressures that currently exist in both divisions, the requirements of engineering investigations, analysis to design the road as per engineering standards and as per resident concerns, it has been decided that this street will need to be programed for delivery in 2020 instead of 2018 and is scheduled for a full reconstruction.
Metcalfe Street, between Winchester Street and Carlton Street - Traffic Calming (Speed Humps)
A previous investigation was completed in February, 2017. A summary of the investigation was resent to the Councillor's office on April 23, 2018. A Staff Report was considered at the July 4, 2018 Toronto and East York Community Council meeting and speed humps recommended. The item can be found here:
The installation date of these speed humps has not been finalized as of yet.
30 km/h Signs on Local Roads perceived as Laneways - Information regarding why signs were installed
Toronto and east York Community Council, on October 6, 2015, adopted Item TE11.72 reducing the speed limit on all local roads, within Toronto and East York, from 50 km/h to 30 km/h. The item can be found here:
Roads in which the speed limit is the statutory 50 km/h do not require speed limit signs to be installed for it to be enforceable. Many local roads, including the roads perceived as lanes, were previously unsigned. Upon approval of Item TE11.72, 30 km/h speed limit signs were required to be posted on all local roads to advise drivers of the lower speed limit and for it to be enforceable.
The current posted 30 km/h speed limit signage can only be removed if the speed limit were reverted back to the statutory 50 km/h.