The City has replaced TTC streetcar tracks and reconstructed local roads at the intersection of College Street and Dundas Street West. This work presents an opportunity for additional safety improvements and enhancement of public space in the project area.
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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Road reconstruction took place 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.
The City and TTC have replaced the TTC tracks and completed intersection improvements.
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.
Read the College Dundas Intersection Improvements Consultation Summary Report issued in December 2019.
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 completed 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 included:
This work was carried out to bring aging infrastructure to a state of good repair.
As a result of this work, the City completed additional improvements in the project area:
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.
The previous intersection design did not facilitate safe crossing for pedestrians or people cycling who wanted to cross College Street or Dundas Street West. People cycling eastbound who wanted to continue from Dundas Street West onto College Street were 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 allow pedestrians to safely cross the road and people cycling to safely make left turns on to College Street.
In the previous intersection design, the stop bar for vehicles at the south end of St. Helens Avenue conflicted with the westbound stop bar on College Street at the southeast corner of St. Helens Avenue. Installation of traffic signals required closure of St. Helens Avenue at College Street 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 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 were 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.
The City plans to carry out further consultation 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 was completed on 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 involved 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 included replacement of the City-owned portion of substandard water service lines.