A temporary traffic signal was installed in 2014 at Lake Shore Blvd. W and Forty Second Street to accommodate increased pedestrian traffic as a result of construction on the path linking Maurice J. Breen Park with Marie Curtis Park under Lake Shore Blvd. West. The Long Branch GO Station and Royal Canadian Branch 101 are adjacent to this intersection, and those patrons came to rely on the safe crossing afforded by the temporary traffic signals.
On October 5, 2015, the traffic signal was removed without notice to my office, the surrounding community, the Legion, or the Long Branch GO Station users.
As a result, I demanded that an emergency traffic study be performed by Transportation Services at 41st Street and Lake Shore to determine whether the warrants could be met to have a traffic light permanently installed at that location.
The study was completed and the intersection does warrant crossing protection. Following the completion of the study I moved a motion at the November session of Etobicoke York Community Council to re-install the temporary traffic signal at Lake Shore Boulevard West and Forty Second Street for the interim.
The temporary traffic signals will be operational beginning December 24th at 11:00 a.m.
Staff have informed me that permanent signals will be installed in the New Year.
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