Rathburn Road East and Ponytrail Drive are included in the City’s Annual Asphalt Resurfacing Program. This resurfacing work was initially identified through the City’s Annual Road Needs study, pavement quality index and field observation. The rehabilitation work includes:
- Asphalt resurfacing
- Curb and sidewalk replacement
- Catchbasin and maintenance hole adjustments and repairs
- Subdrain installation
- Driveway apron repairs
- Sod replacement
The City’s Cycling Master Plan recommends new cycling facilities along Rathburn Road East and Ponytrail Drive.
The City evaluated potential cycling facilities along the two road corridors taking into consideration safety and mobility challenges and opportunities along the corridors. The following are the cycling facilities proposed as part of this project:
- Construction of a one-way cycle track on both sides of the roadway along Rathburn Road East from Dixie Road to Ponytrail Drive and along Ponytrail Drive from Rathburn Road East to Burnhamthorpe Road. The following is a rendering of a roadway cross-section with a one-way cycle track:
- Construction of a two-way cycle track along the east side of Rathburn Road East from Ponytrail Drive to the East Limits. The following is a rendering of a roadway cross-section with a two-way cycle track:
- Construction of bike parking infrastructure within the road corridors. The following is an image of the City’s standard bike rack:
The City is committed to taking the Vision Zero approach to road safety on all City projects. In an effort to contribute to the Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on both road corridors, the City is implementing intersection and pedestrian safety improvements.
The following is a summary of the road safety improvements proposed along the two road corridors:
- Elimination of channelized right turn lanes at the intersection of Ponytrail Drive and Rathburn Road East
- Implementation of narrower lanes
- Reduction of the curb radii at all intersection corners
- Upgrades to the connections to the existing concrete sidewalks
- Enhancement of treatments to meet AODA standards, including ramping, tactile warning plates, signage, and pavement markings
- Installation of more crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and improvements to existing ones
- Upgrades to illumination and traffic signals infrastructure for roadways and cycling facilities
The proposed works will result in a reduction of 5.2% of hard surface, resulting in a reduction in stormwater runoff. In addition, stormwater quantity and quality control measures will be provided, where possible, through the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in an effort to mitigate pollution caused by stormwater runoff.
BMPs including low impact developments (LIDs), surface and/or underground storage will be implemented in the right-of-way to mitigate the impacts of stormwater runoff. The details of the type and location of BMP techniques will be determined by the geotechnical and hydrogeological investigations currently being completed as part of the detailed design phase. The potential locations for the implementation of LID measures on the east side of Rathburn Road East from Ponytrail Drive to the East Limit are identified in the Preferred Design Concept plans.
The City conducted an inspection of the existing Ponytrail Drive Over Etobicoke Creek Tributary culvert. The inspection revealed that this culvert is in poor condition. As a result, the City will be replacing this culvert as part of this project. The following is a photo of the existing culvert:
Rathburn Road East and Ponytrail Drive are currently served by MiWay Route 20 with 14 bus stops along the road corridors.
The City reviewed the existing MiWay infrastructure along the road corridors and identified potential transit stop improvements.
The City will implement transit stop improvements as part of this project.
The City completed a noise assessment along both road corridors and identified gaps in the noise wall infrastructure.
Noise walls are required at the following locations:
- Along both sides of Rathburn Road East from just west of Fieldgate Drive to the hydro corridor. The City intends to install these noise walls in the summer of 2023, as part of the Integrated Road Project.
- On the east side of Ponytrail Drive from Rathburn Road to Burnhamthorpe Road and on the west side of Ponytrail Drive from Maple Ridge Road to Burnhamthorpe Road. The City intends to install these noise walls in advance of the Integrated Road Project.
The City will only proceed with installing the new noise walls if the property owners, who will be directly impacted by the work, agree with their installation. The City is currently contacting the property owners to confirm their support for the noise walls. To date, the City has received consent from all property owners affected by the installation of noise walls along Ponytrail Drive. The City is currently working with property owners to confirm their support of the installation of noise walls at Fieldgate Drive. The following is an image of the City’s standard noise wall:
The City intends to incorporate green infrastructure elements along both road corridors. This is to improve the aesthetic quality and comfort of the corridor and address socio-environmental challenges, while taking into consideration the costs associated with maintenance obligations.
The landscape plans are currently being further reviewed and refined to ensure minimal impacts to existing trees and maximize landscaping opportunities where feasible.