Lawford Area Traffic Study
The City of Vaughan is conducting a traffic study for Lawford Road and the surrounding area (north of Major Mackenzie Drive, west of Weston Road, south of Teston Road and east of Pine Valley Drive).
This study is being undertaken in response to concerns raised by the community regarding speeding, road safety and traffic volume. It will assess the traffic operations within the Lawford Road area, which includes Stanton Road, Chatfield Drive and Poetry Drive, and connecting local roads.
By assessing traffic operations in this neighbourhood, the City can identify additional road safety opportunities for pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders and vehicular road users to serve all modes of transportation better. This review will also help City staff make recommendations on short- and long-term implementation plans to address any areas for improvement, which is anticipated to be presented to Council for approval in late 2023.
Residents have raised concerns about high traffic volume and speeding on Lawford Road, Sedgewick Place and the surrounding road network. In 2022, staff completed traffic operational reviews to investigate and address these concerns.
As a result, the following speed management measures were installed:
- radar message boards as part of the City’s Speed Compliance Program
- a “pedestrian ahead” warning sign on Sedgewick Place
- larger stop signs at Chatfield Drive and Sedgewick Place
- an all-way stop at the intersection of Lawford Road and Harley Drive in 2021 and Lawford Road and Farooq Boulevard in 2022 to control the right-of-way at the intersection
On Sept. 28, 2022, Council approved the Sedgewick Place and Neighbourhood Area Traffic Review (PDF) staff report and directed City staff to advance the development of the neighbourhood traffic plan and include community consultations in the study process.
After completing a preliminary assessment, the study area was expanded to cover Lawford Road and the surrounding road network (north of Major Mackenzie Drive, west of Weston Road, south of Teston Road and east of Pine Valley Drive).
Three schools are located along Lawford Road: Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School, Johnny Lombardi Public Elementary School and Tommy Douglas Secondary School. Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School and Johnny Lombardi Public Elementary School are part of the City’s Active School Travel pilot program. As part of this program, the following speed management measures were implemented along Lawford Road near Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School and Johnny Lombardi Public Elementary School:
- flexi post signs and bollards (seasonal; removed during winter for the City’s snow-removal operations)
- radar message boards
- center lines and edge lines on Stanton Avenue and Lawford Road
- “slow school zone” pavement markings on Lawford Road
- wayfinding signage
Previous engagement opportunities
Open house (Sept. 19, 2023)
The project team hosted an open house at Tommy Douglas Secondary School (4020 Major Mackenzie Dr.). Review the presentation slides (PDF).
Email comments (Sept. 19, 2023)
Residents were invited to share feedback on the proposed design solutions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual information session (June 15, 2023)
If you were unable to attend the virtual information session, you can review the presentation slides (PDF).
Online survey (June 1 to 21, 2023)
Online mapping tool (June 1 to 21, 2023)
Frequently Asked Questions
The City is undertaking a comprehensive review of school zone safety across Vaughan through the Safer School Zones Plan – a project aligned with the directions, programs and plans outlined in MoveSmart.
The Safer School Zones Plan will result in recommendations for improvements to school zone areas to increase road safety for students. In addition, the Safer School Zones Plan will establish policies, guidelines and standards to address issues such as parking, speeding, traffic circulation, pedestrian and cycling access and other issues impacting elementary and secondary schools.
The Safer School Zone Plan will also identify engagement and educational opportunities to promote active school travel among elementary and secondary students and to support the expansion of the City’s Active School Travel pilot program.
Design solutions may include changes to signs, pavement markings, enhanced traffic enforcement, changes at Regional road intersections (i.e. signal timing and/or turn lane modifications), changes to traffic control at local intersections, improved walking or cycling facilities, traffic calming measures or pedestrian crossovers.
This project is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2023.