The City is planning to replace TTC streetcar tracks and reconstruct local roads at the intersection of College Street and Dundas Street West. This planned work presents an opportunity for additional safety improvements and enhancement of public space in the project area.
Proposed changes include new traffic signals at the intersection of College St. and Dundas St. West, improved pedestrian and bicycle crossings, closure of a segment of St. Helens Ave. at College St., and installation of features to enhance the closed segment of the road.
The commenting period for this project has now closed. All feedback received from members of the public and relevant stakeholders through the consultation has been reviewed and considered. Final recommendations will be presented to the Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) for approval at the council’s meeting on March 12, 2020.
The meeting agenda and the staff report on this project will be posted on the TEYCC webpage one week in advance. If you are interested in submitting comments about this agenda item or making a presentation or deputation, visit the City of Toronto website for more information.
On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, the City hosted a Public Drop-In Event to share information about the planned road work and proposed improvements, answer questions and gather feedback from members of the public.
The City is planning road work for summer and fall of 2020 at the intersection of College Street and Dundas Street West and in the surrounding area. This work will include:
This work is being carried out to bring aging infrastructure to a state of good repair.
As a result of this planned work, the City is considering additional improvements in the project area:
The City is consulting the public on these proposed improvements. Information and presentation slides from the public event are posted under the News & Updates tab on this webpage.
The existing intersection does not facilitate safe crossing for pedestrians or cyclists who want to cross College Street or Dundas St. West. Eastbound cyclists who want to continue from Dundas onto College are directed to take a detour along Dundas to Lansdowne before rejoining College Street. Given the width of the intersection and the streetcar tracks, traffic lights and a bicycle turn lane would allow pedestrians to safely cross the road and cyclists to safely make left turns on to College Street.
In the current intersection, the stop bar for vehicles at the south end of St. Helens Ave. conflicts with the westbound stop bar on College at the southeast corner of St. Helens Ave. Installation of traffic signals would require closure of St. Helens at College in order to safely coordinate movement of vehicles through the intersection.
The City would like to develop a long-term vision for the closed portion of St. Helens Ave. that integrates the area currently occupied by the traffic island. However, removal and revitalization of the traffic island could not be incorporated into the work planned for Summer/Fall 2020.
The features that are selected for the closed segment of St. Helens and installed in 2020 are considered to be ‘interim features’ because they will be reviewed when the City develops a long-term plan for the traffic island.
The City plans to carry out further consultation in 2020 that will engage the public in the development of a plan for removal or revitalization of the traffic island. Some initial ideas for the space include a rain water catchment area and rain garden, decorative seating, and public art.
Road reconstruction is planned for Lumbervale Avenue, St. Helens Avenue and College Street (north segment) in order to bring the infrastructure of these streets into a state of good repair.
Road reconstruction involves replacing the entire road structure, including the asphalt and underlying support materials, and repairing, improving or replacing road drainage, curbs, boulevards and sidewalks. Reconstruction also includes replacement of the City-owned portion of substandard water service lines.
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