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September 26, 2016
City of Toronto makes changes at 10 'hotspot' intersections to improve traffic flow and safety
As part of the second phase of its congestion management plan, the City of Toronto is making changes to 10 congested intersections or "hotspots" as part of a strategy to improve the overall flow of traffic at these locations. Mayor Tory made the announcement this morning at one of the hotspots, Finch Avenue East and Victoria Park Avenue.

"The number one priority for Toronto residents is their ability to move around this city quickly and safely. We’re taking action to keep Toronto moving by targeting some of our most congested intersections in the city," said Mayor John Tory. "Targeting these intersections with common sense solutions is a low-cost, high-impact initiative to get people moving while ensuring public safety."

Transportation Services used third-party traffic data to identify these 10 congestion hotspots, measuring the traffic speed during the morning or afternoon peak period against free-flow conditions.

The following intersections were identified as congestion hotspots:
• Eglinton Avenue West and Martin Grove Road (Wards 3 and 4)
• Lawrence Avenue West and Black Creek Drive (Ward 12)
• St. Clair Avenue East and Mount Pleasant Avenue (Ward 22 and 27)
• Finch Avenue and Yonge Street (Wards 23 and 24)
• Sheppard Avenue and Yonge Street (Ward 23)
• Bloor Street East and Parliament Avenue (Ward 27 and 28)
• O'Connor Drive and Don Mills Road (Ward 29)
• Eastern Avenue and Carlaw Avenue (Ward 30)
• Finch Avenue East and Victoria Park Avenue (Wards 33, 39 and 40)
• Kingston Road and Lawrence Avenue East (Ward 43)

The City has studied these intersections to identify potential measures to reduce delays for road users and to improve safety, including:
• traffic signal retiming for peak periods
• turn restrictions
• left-turn advance green
• increasing length of green time
• installing a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera.

More information about the measures being implemented and/or planned for each intersection is available at

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