The City of Toronto is completing an Environmental Assessment for the extension of Broadview Avenue south to Commissioners Street. Upcoming events:
- June 20, 2022 6:30 to 8:30 pm: In person open house at the Jimmie Simpson Centre, 870 Queen Street East
- June 21, 2022 6:30 to 8:30 pm: Online open house (the link to join is on the Public Consultation page)
- July 7, 2022: Report to the Infrastructure & Environment Committee
- July 19, 2022: Council
The project website contains assorted information including a presentation deck. This article is an abridged version of that presentation plus my own comments.
Context for the Extension
The lands east of the Don River, south of Eastern Avenue and north of Lake Shore Boulevard were for many years the site of a Lever Bros. factory, now known as the Unilever site. Massive redevelopment of this property was proposed first by Great Gulf, and more recently by Cadillac Fairview who now own it. Right in the middle of the site is the future East Harbour Station of the Ontario Line and GO Transit.
The Broadview extension will run under East Harbour Station, and an extended streetcar network will be part of the transit hub there.
This map includes some items that do not yet exist, and some that are unlikely to be built.
- Broadview south from Queen to Eastern (yellow) would be rebuilt with streetcar tracks in mixed traffic just as on Broadview north of Queen.
- The intersection of Broadview & Eastern will be reconfigured to provide a transition to reserved streetcar lanes, and to improve pedestrian safety.
- Broadview south from Eastern to Lake Shore would be rebuilt to include a transit right-of-way. It is not clear that this is a logical stopping point for construction without continuing south to Commissioners.
- The map shows Broadview extending south across the Ship Channel to Unwin including a loop for streecars beside the Hearn Generating Station. This would require a new bridge over the channel that could provide clearance for large ships as the existing bridge at Cherry does today.
- The map also shows track on Commissioners from Cherry to Leslie, but it is not clear how soon the link east of Broadview would actually be built.
- Cherry Street trackage would be extended south meeting up with the Waterfront East line at Queens Quay and continuing south to the Port Lands. The map shows a loop at the Ship Channel, but it is possible that the terminus will actually be north of the new river channel on Villiers Island.
Design options for each segment of the extension are shown below.
From Eastern to Lake Shore
Broadview south of Queen is a typical street in the old city and streetcars would operate there as they do on existing routes to the north. South of Eastern, the road is wider with room for more features.
Broadview & Eastern
Various options were considered for this intersection taking into account this would be the transition from mixed traffic running to reserved streetcar lanes. The preferred version has the southbound reserved lane beginning north of Eastern as shown in pink on the map below.
The existing slip lane from Broadview to Eastern westbound would be removed.
Two versions of the street are shown, one with the existing 20m right-of-way, and one with a 23m ROW that will be available when the city acquires some land on the northeast corner of the intersection as par of a future development.
DVP Ramp from Eastern
Eastern Avenue eastbound now connects to the DVP via a circular ramp. This would be changed to a standard intersection that would allow access from both directions on Eastern to the slightly-modified ramp.
The design of a new east-west street through the Unilever site is shown here. It is a local road and has no provision for transit.
The Public Consultation page for this project includes a link to a survey.