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
- Improvements to existing pedestrian crosswalks throughout the project area, as well as new signalized crossings at Ponytrail Drive and Shaver Trail, and Rathburn Road East and Off Road Trail 11 (Hydro One corridor)
- Upgrades to street lighting and traffic signals for vehicles and cyclists, including new traffic signals at the intersection of Rathburn Road East and Rockwood Road
The proposed works will result in an overall reduction of hard surface area, which will lessen the amount of stormwater runoff within the project area. In addition, stormwater quantity and quality control measures will be provided, where possible, through the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs), including Low Impact Developments (LID) practices.
The LIDs will be implemented in areas where additional paved surfaces are being proposed in an effort to mitigate the impacts of urbanization on stormwater. The details on the type and location of the proposed stormwater LID practices will ultimately be confirmed by the geotechnical and hydrogeological investigations currently being completed as part of the detailed design phase.
The potential locations of the proposed LID measures are on the east side of Rathburn Road East from Ponytrail Drive to the east limits of the City as identified in the Preferred Design Concept plans included in the PDR available under the Resources Page.
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.