For over a decade, the Cedarvale community has experienced increased traffic, and an unfair impact on its quality of life, due to the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT- a project by the provincial transit agency, Metrolinx.
The significant disruptions on Eglinton Ave West have led to drivers cutting through residential streets to get onto the Allen Expressway. This situation is unacceptable and, in our belief, a legacy of years of poor planning by both Metrolinx and the City of Toronto.
We have organized a series of meetings in which engaged local residents, Crosslinx, Metrolinx, Toronto Police, and the City's Transportation Staff were present to focus on real and immediate actions that can be taken to address our concerns. In previous meetings, we successfully fought back against Metrolinx's original planned closure of the left-turn lane at Bathurst and Eglinton, introduced lane markings and arrows to help with turning traffic onto Eglinton, as well as the implementation of No Parking zones to allow for better traffic flow.
While our advocacy to reopen of the left-turn lane at Bathurst and Eglinton several months ago didn’t solve everything, it certainly did provide some significant relief. However, the unilateral decision by Crosslinx and Metrolinx to close this turning lane, for their own convenience, pushed traffic back into the neighbourhood. But our concern isn’t with Metrolinx alone. The City of Toronto’s lack of coordination of their recent road reconstruction projects on both Glen Cedar and Strathearn further exacerbated the problem. In fact, it has made it harder for residents to figure out how to get in and out of their own street. After investigating the situation, it appears that the City’s contractors were working well outside of their designated work zone.
At the most recent meeting on May 18th, there was a consensus that there’s a need for flaggers to control traffic turning onto Eglinton from side streets and, most importantly, the necessity of restoring the left-turn lane for northbound traffic at Bathurst and Eglinton once and for all.
Councillor Matlow and the Cedarvale Community are demanding that the left-turn lane at Bathurst and Eglinton be opened immediately. Metrolinx’s contractors can do this without any major impacts to their permanent utility restoration work. Moreover, the left turn lane is currently being used for storage of their construction materials. This is simply not good enough.
We are also asking that the City prepare a traffic management plan, in consultation with local residents, to ensure that our neighborhood is safe, functional and navigable as we move forward.
Please add your name, email and address below to sign the petition asking for the left turn lane at Bathurst and Eglinton to be reopened: