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Turning a Conventional Suburban Arterial Widening into a Complete Streets Showcase


The Gore Road is an apparently conventional suburban four-lane arterial serving recently-developed residential communities in the east part of Brampton, Ontario. Anticipating significant additional urbanization in and around the study area, the Region of Peel initiated the planning process to widen a four-kilometre segment of the road to six lanes, per its Long Range Transportation Master Plan. However, corridor-specific traffic modelling confirmed that widening would simply add more traffic to key intersections that are already operating at capacity.
The Region and its study team seized the opportunity to not only retain The Gore Road at four lanes but to transform it into a corridor for all the community by applying Complete Streets principles to its redesign. The specific tools applied to The Gore Road include reconfiguration of its major traffic intersection to be more functional and safer, transit priority through queue jump lanes and bus bays, reduced speed limit and lane widths to help slow traffic, tighter intersection layouts to benefit pedestrians and cyclists, new in-boulevard cycle tracks, a unique segment of multi-use trail and ecolearning zone which avoids bridge and stream impacts, and Low Impact Design for in-corridor stormwater management.
An active community and stakeholder engagement strategy built awareness and support for the project.This Showcase Project will in turn inform the planning and management of other major road corridors across the Region.

Conference Paper Details

Session title:
Geometric Design - Emerging Issues
Schijns, S.
Smith, N.
Geometric design