Danforth Avenue from Broadview Avenue to Dawes Road will be temporarily transformed this summer in order to better support local businesses, provide safe mobility options for all road users and enable people to maintain physical distancing.
Changes include streetscape improvements (painted curb extensions, planters, art installations, etc.), cafe seating in the curb lane, curbside separated bike lanes, 24/7 parking on both sides of Danforth, one traffic lane in either direction and turn lanes at intersections.
Work began July 15, 2020. Read the construction notice for further details.
The project will follow an iterative design process, meaning staff will adjust the design to address issues and concerns throughout the installation period. It will be delivered in multiple phases.
Below is the construction schedule as of July 30, 2020:
Phase 1: Broadview to Jones
1) July 13-15: signage installation
2) July 15-21: pavement markings (3.5 days north side, 3.5 days south side)
3) July 22-24: patio installation – adjustments and furnishings being added
Phase 2: Jones to Woodbine
1) July 21-23: signage installation
2) July 23-28: pavement markings (3.5 days south side, 3.5 days north side)
3) July 30 -31: patio installation
Phase 3: Woodbine to Dawes
1) Before August 4: signage installation
2) August 4-10: pavement markings (3.5 days north side, 3.5 days south side)
3) August 4-10: planter & post installation
Phase 4: Curb Extension Installation
1) Installation of decorative curb extension designs started Thursday within Broadview-Danforth BIA. Others will start rolling out following the long weekend and most will be installed following the completion of Phase 3 pavement markings. They will be installed from west to east.
Read the Destination Danforth Common Questions and Concerns document for further information.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Virtual Community Meeting on July 23rd. Click here to view the presentation.
You can watch a recording of the meeting here:
You can view the design elements below:
City Council approved the installation of this ActiveTO project on Danforth Ave, as well as other installations throughout the City, at its May 28th meeting.
ActiveTO is about making sure people have space to get around while respecting physical distancing. ActiveTO Initiatives include quiet streets, closing major roads for active transportation, and expanding the cycling network.
The City is also supporting local businesses that want to expand their patio space through the CaféTO program. The program will make it easier for many restaurants and bars to open patios, expand them, and access additional space for physical distancing, in accordance with public health guidelines, safety priorities, and accessibility requirements. This program will compliment Destination Danforth and new patio spaces will be opening in the next few weeks.
We have had to act fast in order to deal with the severe challenges of COVID-19. Originally it was thought this pandemic would be over in a few weeks, but now it looks like we are in it for the long haul – including an expected second wave. Finding new ways to safely move residents to the Danforth and across the city are important elements of a successful recovery.