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:
In early October 2019, City staff presented five options to help calm traffic along Dovercourt Road. Feedback from residents was received at the event and through an online survey. The majority of residents who responded preferred the addition of speed humps along Dovercourt Road.
To move forward, a motion to Toronto and East York Community Council for speed humps to be added to Dovercourt Road between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West will be presented. If Community Council approves speed humps, then they will be installed as part of the road reconstruction work commencing in Fall 2020.
On Monday, October 7, 2019, the City hosted a public drop-in event at The Great Hall. Over 45 residents participated, where they viewed information materials, spoke with the project team and provided feedback.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.