The city is permanently closing the westbound portion of Fleet Street between Bathurst and Iannuzzi streets as part of a Vision Zero initiative.
According to the city, the closure will span 200-metres and will put into action prior to city council recommendations for normalizing the intersection at Fleet Street, Bathurst Street, and Lake Shore Boulevard West.
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The city says the high-collision, five-arm intersection has been a problematic location in Toronto’s road network for all modes of travel. It is dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists, confusing for drivers, and delays two streetcar lines.
Starting this Monday, Nov 25, the WB lane of Fleet St between Bathurst St and Iannuzzi St will be permanently closed to all vehicular traffic. Lane will remain accessible for pedestrians and cyclists. (1/5) pic.twitter.com/XXWeNnSjup
— City of Toronto (@cityoftoronto) November 22, 2019
The multi-modal Vision Zero safety improvement will shorten crossing distances for pedestrians while reducing vehicle turns and transit delays.
Additionally, it will improve operating conditions for the 509 and 511 streetcars.
“This is a significant, immediate action that will enhance safety for all road users in the adjacent neighbourhoods of Bathurst Quay, Fort York, and CityPlace,” said Mayor John Tory.
“This step aligns with our Vision Zero agenda, simplifies an intersection that has always been confusing for everyone and sets in motion a long-term strategy for a more vibrant public space.”
The closure of this portion of Fleet Street will be followed by monitoring, installation of streetscaping features, and a technical review of the larger intersection for future pedestrianization and public realm plans for the whole area.