Artist rendering of the proposed features at the closed segment of St. Helens Avenue, including road mural, bike share station, planter boxes, wayfinding signs and armour stone.
Artist Rendering

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 Street and Dundas Street West, improved pedestrian and bicycle crossings, closure of a segment of St. Helens Avenue at College Street and installation of features to enhance the closed segment of the road.

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Construction

Local Road Reconstruction & Safety Improvements

Road reconstruction has started on Lumbervale Avenue, St. Helens Avenue from College Street (north segment) to Lumbervale Avenue and College Street (north segment) from College Street to St. Helens Avenue.

College Dundas Intersection Improvements

The City and TTC have started construction for the TTC track replacement and intersection improvements.

City Council

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. The staff report was submitted and the final recommendations were approved at the March 12, 2020, Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) meeting.

Consultation Summary Report

Read the College Dundas Intersection Improvements Consultation Summary Report issued in December 2019.

Public Drop-In Event

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.

Event Materials: 

Planned Work

The City is undertaking road work in the fall of 2020 at the intersection of College Street and Dundas Street West and a few surrounding local streets. This work will include:

  • Replacement of TTC streetcar tracks at College Street and Dundas Street West, and on Dundas Street West from Sorauren Avenue to the bridge over the rail tracks
  • Road reconstruction on Lumbervale Avenue, St. Helens Avenue and College St. (north segment).

This work is being carried out to bring aging infrastructure to a state of good repair.

Proposed Improvements

As a result of this planned work, the City is considering additional improvements in the project area:

  • new traffic lights at the intersection of College Street and Dundas Street West
  • new and enhanced crossing areas for pedestrians and cyclists
  • closure of the south end of St. Helens Avenue at College Street
  • features to enhance the public realm for pedestrians and cyclists

Public Consultation

The City has consulted the public on these proposed improvements. Information and presentation slides from the public event are posted under the News & Updates tab on this webpage.

Traffic Signals at College Street & Dundas Street West

The existing intersection does not facilitate safe crossing for pedestrians or cyclists who want to cross College Street or Dundas Street West. Eastbound cyclists who want to continue from Dundas Street West onto College Street are directed to take a detour along Dundas Street West to Lansdowne Avenue 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.

Closure at St. Helens Avenue at College Street

In the current intersection, the stop bar for vehicles at the south end of St. Helens Avenue conflicts with the westbound stop bar on College Street at the southeast corner of St. Helens Avenue. Installation of traffic signals would require closure of St. Helens Avenue at College Street in order to safely coordinate movement of vehicles through the intersection.

Temporary Features for Closed Portion of St. Helens Avenue

The City would like to develop a long-term vision for the closed portion of St. Helens Avenue 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 Avenue 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.

Long-Term Plans for 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.

Local Road Reconstruction

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.

Map of project area showing planned street car track replacement at the intersection of College Street and Dundas Street West, planned road reconstruction on Lumbervale Avenue, St. Helens Avenue and College Avenue north segment, proposed closure of sement of St. Helens Avenue at College Street, and proposed signalized intersection at College Street and Dundas Street West.
Map of project area showing planned street car track replacement at the intersection of College Street and Dundas Street West, planned road reconstruction on Lumbervale Avenue, St. Helens Avenue and College Avenue north segment, proposed closure of sement of St. Helens Avenue at College Street, and proposed signalized intersection at College Street and Dundas Street West.

Legend listing the project elements identified on the project map.