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City officials look to transform Eglinton into boulevard: report

Crews are seen preparing for the job of digging the tunnel for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT on March 21, 2014. CITYNEWS

Toronto city council is set to discuss a plan a create a boulevard along Eglinton Avenue once construction on the Crosstown LRT has been completed.

The Toronto Sun reports city officials are looking to transform the traffic artery into a grand boulevard with wider sidewalks, trees, displays of public art, protect bike lanes, on-street parking, and other features.

According to the Sun, Eglinton would also be reduced to one lane in each direction.

For residents in the area, it would mean even more years of construction and detours along the roadway if the reported plan is approved.

The Planning and Growth Management Committee will be presenting its report at the city council meeting on Tuesday. Click here to read the agenda item.

The Eglinton Connects Planning Study looked at future land uses and road layout on Eglinton Avenue and came up with 21 recommendations, which were adopted in May 2014.

Construction of the $5-billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT began in 2011, and the service is expected to start in 2020. It’s the largest transit extension in the history of Toronto.

Click here for more information on the LRT plan and other projects on Eglinton.