The City of Toronto is moving ahead with its five-year ‘Road Safety Plan‘, approved in July of 2016.
The plan was revealed in a press conference Thursday morning, at the intersection of Dundas and River, a thoroughfare considered to be precarious in terms traffic.
Councillor and chair of public works and infrastructure, Jaye Robinson announced the changes to roadways in relation to vehicle and pedestrian traffic that is expected to reduce the number of road fatalities and injuries.
“Finally we moved away from piecemeal, one-off measures towards a consolidated and comprehensive strategy for Toronto,” said Robinson. “One size does not fit all. Every intersection is different. That could mean intersection realignment, removal of right turn channelizations or most often, curb radius reductions.”
Robinson revealed the progress of work to date and future improvements ahead for the $80 million plus investment. The strategy will involve reduced speed limits, re-timed traffic signals, and red light cameras carrying a fine of $325.
Some of the changes completed and underway in the city include:
- 37 signalized intersections have been re-timed giving pedestrians more time to cross the street
- Accessibility has been improved in 56 locations for seniors, including accessible pedestrian signals, recessed curves and tactile plates
- 14 intersections will receive geometric safety improvements
- 14 locations will have speeds reduced, traffic signals re-timed and pavement markings improved
- A total of 400 new speed limit signs will be installed, with 317 of those having intersections line markings changed
- 320 signalized intersections will be enhanced with reflective material by the end of the year to improve visibility during power failures
- 79 red light cameras will be installed at locations where data has told them they are needed
Robinson went on to say the city is taking a data-driven approach to address hot spots, and that safety measures have been accelerated in the past two months at troubled intersections.
— Jaye Robinson (@JayeRobinson) October 27, 2016