Dovercourt Road, from Dundas Street West to Sudbury Street, is scheduled for reconstruction. Road reconstruction is an opportunity to implement additional road safety measures that will enhance safety and accessibility for all road users. Dovercourt Road improvements include:

  • Watermain replacement from College Street to Queen Street West
  • Intersection improvements at MacKenzie Crescent, Foxley Street, Argyle Street and Humbert Street to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and slow right turning traffic
  • Sidewalk replacement from Dundas Street West to Queen Street West
  • Planted Areas along the street to improve storm water management
  • Raising the curb height to make it more difficult for vehicles to mount the curb and encroach on pedestrian space
  • Traffic calming options

Dovercourt Road Reconstruction Public Drop-In Event

Date: Monday, October 7, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Place: The Great Hall, Conversation Room, 1087 Queen St. W.

Event Materials

The content posted below will also be presented at the Public Drop-In Event on October 7, 2019.

Dovercourt Road from Dundas Street West to Queen Street West was last reconstructed in 1990. The City inspected the pavement surface in 2017 and found it to be in poor condition, with a lot of cracking within the road surface. Because of the poor road condition, this section of Dovercourt Road requires full reconstruction of the road down to the base surface.

Road reconstruction is a major undertaking and provides an opportunity to also install road safety measures, better manage stormwater and add traffic calming. As part of the reconstruction, the underground cast iron watermain, built in the late 1800s, will also be replaced.

Traffic calming is a term commonly associated with physical features, such as speed humps, that are installed on a road to reduce the speeds at which vehicles travel, to discourage through traffic, to improve traffic safety and the comfort levels for all road users.

Traffic calming helps to achieve slower speeds for motor vehicles, and increase the safety for pedestrian and cyclists.

There are three options proposed for Dovercourt Road.

Proposed Traffic Calming Options

Based on resident interests for traffic calming measures, City staff are proposing three different traffic calming options. You have an opportunity to provide feedback on your preferred option.

Option 1 – Speed Humps

This option places speed humps on Dovercourt Road from Dundas Street West to Queen Street West

Note: Speed humps can also be combined with other traffic calming options.

diagram of speed humps
example of speed humps
Advantages
  • Helps to reduce vehicle speed
  • No loss of parking spaces (78 permit parking spaces retained); parking would remain on west side
  • Minimal impact on cyclists as curb edge allows for cyclists to bypass speed humps
  • Little impact on snow clearing
Disadvantages
  • Impact on Emergency Services (Ambulance, Fire, Police) by slowing down response time and impacting the comfort of patients being transported

Option 2 – Alternating On-Street Parking by block

This option involves switching the side of the street that is used for on-street parking at block intervals. For example, parking switches to the other side of the street after each block.

diagram of on-street parking alternating by block
Example of on-street parking alternating at block intervals
Advantages
  • Helps to reduce vehicle speed
  • Possible reduction in short-cutting traffic or through traffic
Disadvantages
  • Potential impact to people on bikes include restricted visibility of cyclists and dooring hazards

This option retains 72 permit parking spaces (loss of six permit parking spaces) however, there is no impact on permit holders because the permit parking on Dovercourt Road is undersubscribed.

Option 3 – Alternating On-Street Parking by mid-block

This option involves switching the side of the street that is used for on-street parking at mid-block intervals. For example, parking switches to the other side of the street at each mid-block and each block.

diagram of on-street parking alternating by mid block
Example of on-street parking alternating at mid block intervals
Advantages
  • Helps to reduce vehicle speed
  • Possible reduction in short-cutting traffic or through traffic
Disadvantages
  • Potential impact to people on bikes include restricted visibility of cyclists and dooring hazards

This option retains 69 permit parking spaces (loss of nine permit parking spaces) however, there is no impact on permit holders because the permit parking on Dovercourt Road is undersubscribed.

map showing Dovercourt Road from Dundas Street West to Sudbury Street

In 2018, the speed limit was lowered from 40 km/h to 30 km/h.

A mid-block speed study was conducted in July 2019 and found an 85th percentile speed of 40km/h (the speed at which 85 per cent of vehicles travel at or below).

Residents have reported concerns about speeding and vehicles mounting the curb to allow other vehicles to pass.

In 2016, a community consultation event was held to discuss the possibility of turning Dovercourt Road into a one-way street between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West. Resident feedback was mixed, with many residents opposed to the impact this would have by diverting traffic onto nearby streets.

Many residents expressed interest in exploring other possible traffic calming measures.

To address community concerns, the City is proposing three options to help calm traffic along Dovercourt Road.