The City is reconfiguring the intersection of Coxwell Avenue and Dundas Street East. This project includes realignment of the roadway and various public realm improvements and stormwater management facilities to create Raindrop Plaza.

  • Streetscape improvements with Green Infrastructure storm water runoff management
  • Removal of right turn channel (traffic island and turning lane) on northwest corner
  • Improved intersection safety and accessibility

Construction Stages

Work is proposed to be phased to reconstruct one quadrant of the intersection at a time, to minimize traffic disruption.

Phase Work Area and Scope Anticipated Roadway Closures
Phase 1 Raindrop plaza and all other work within the northwest quadrant of the intersection and the north side of Rhodes Avenue.
  • South Bound Coxwell curb lane (north of Dundas St East)
  • West Bound Dundas curb lane (west of Coxwell Ave)
Phase 2 All work within the northeast quadrant of the intersection
  • North Bound Coxwell curb lane (north of Dundas St East)
  • West Bound Dundas curb lane (east of Coxwell Ave)
Phase 3 All work within the southeast quadrant of the intersection
  • North Bound Coxwell curb lane (south of Dundas St East)
  • East Bound Dundas curb lane (east of Coxwell Avenue)
Phase 4 All work within the southwest quadrant of the intersection and the south side of Rhodes Avenue
  • South Bound Coxwell curb lane (south of Dundas St East)
  • East Bound Dundas curb lane (west of Coxwell Avenue)
Phase 5 Repaving of the roadway and pavement marking Intermittent lane closures, maintaining a minimum of one lane in every direction

Construction duration is subject to change, dependent on weather conditions, material supply/labour availability, and third-party utility relocations.

Impact Mitigation

  • Work is anticipated to require temporary disruptions to pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure. Closures will be indicated on-site, as well as a safe detour/alternate route.
  • The Contractor will be required to provide temporary signage, ramping, and other accommodations required to meet City and contract requirements for traffic control and maintenance of access.
  • Traffic management plans will be finalized and communicated by notice and webpage.
  • Further significant road closures and reductions will be coordinated with the Work Zone Coordinator and pre-notified to residents, councillor, and applicable agencies (TTC).
  • Impacts to private driveways and walkways will be coordinated to maintain access wherever possible or make necessary alternate parking/access provisions.

Materials

Construction Notice 

Map of Project area at the intersection of Dundas Street East and Coxwell Avenue.
Map of Project area at the intersection of Dundas Street East and Coxwell Avenue.

Decision History

  • Project initiated by Traffic Operations in 2010

  • Proposed by City Planning – Civic Design, in partnership with Toronto Water in 2015 as part of “Green Streets” pilot program
  • Project delivery by Engineering & Construction Services with R. V. Anderson Associated Limited as program management consultant.
  • Plaza will be maintained by Tranportation Services in partnership with GreenForceTO group.

 

Image of Raindrop Plaza and areas of work happening at intersection of Dundas Street East and Coxwell Avenue.

  • Permeable paving to capture rainwater with small planted rain gardens
  • Stormwater runoff is directed to a chamber below the plaza
  • Chamber stores will help irrigate plaza plants
  • In line with Toronto’s Wet Weather Flow Management Plan and Toronto Green Standard objectives
  • Native and drought-tolerant shade trees species, curved stone seat walls, and decorative permeable concrete unit pavers.
  • Streetscape art as eco-literacy tools, with information about the watershed, urban water lifecycle, and Toronto’s biodiversit

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