The SVRA and community members have been working on a number of area traffic and safety initiatives with Councillor Cressy’s office, Palmerston Ave P.S, 14 Division and City Transportation Staff.
A significant long-term neighbourhood concern is Barton Ave traffic and related safety issues.
Last spring a No Left Turn 7:00 – 9:00am from Christie onto Barton Ave was erected as an attempt to address cut through traffic along Barton Ave in Seaton Village (SV.)
Over the summer, Annex residents along Barton Ave – who experience the same traffic and safety-related issues and concerns as SV – met with the Ward 20 office and with Transportation Services and they decided to install a No Entry, also during morning rush hour. This compliments a No Left Turn directive at the same intersection.
The No Left Turn from Christie onto Barton and No Entry to Barton east of Bathurst are interim measures. Each and every measure is being monitored to determine impacts on the volume of traffic moving through our neighbourhoods.
Hopefully, these impediments will frustrate and avert cut through traffic seeking to use SV and the Annex as a means to avoid main routes.
Furthermore, traffic stats through the neighbourhoods on Barton Ave have been collected since the installation of the Bloor St bike lanes and is now being analyzed by the City as a part of the Bloor St Bike Lane Project. Results from the study are expected this Fall and will be made public.
While Seaton Village was not consulted on this change to through traffic across Bathurst St, certainly an attempt by local residents to improve local neighbourhood conditions and enhance safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists along Barton Ave. is a completely understandable one.
It is understood that this directive at Barton Ave and Bathurst St is causing re-arrangement of morning routes and travel schedules for SV residents.
The SVRA has discussed this traffic measure with staff at the Ward 20/Councillor Cressy’s office. Knowing this new measure is a contentious one for some in Seaton Village, the SVRA has been assured by the Councillor’s office that opportunity will be afforded to Seaton Village residents – as there has always been – to provide feedback on these directives. As well, please send your feedback to the SVRA so we are aware of any items to be discussed with the community and the Councillor’s office
The SVRA looks forward to collaborating with SV and Annex residents, with Councillor Cressy and City Staff on a safe and effective traffic plan for Barton Ave.