Dundas Place Traffic Changes

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Background

One of our goals heading into the construction season this year was to improve safety and mobility for all road users traveling through downtown, while maintaining access to local businesses for people traveling by car. To do this, the City made temporary changes to traffic operations on Dundas Place using a "traffic diversion" approach.

In this arrangement, motor vehicles are restricted from entering Dundas Place at Ridout Street or Wellington Street. Instead, they have access to Dundas Place from Talbot, Richmond, and Clarence Streets to reach their destination. Vehicles are still able to exit Dundas Place at Ridout and Wellington Streets. The image below illustrates how this works.

With the construction season coming to an end, the traffic diversion arrangement will be removed in late December, and the street will return to previous conditions. This is being timed to follow the reopening of King Street to general traffic and the final Festival of Markets event, which requires weekend restrictions to motor vehicles in the Ridout to Talbot Street block of the flex street.

As part of mitigation planned for 2022 core construction, which includes Phase 2 of the Downtown Loop (rapid transit) on Queen’s Avenue and Ridout Street, the traffic diversion arrangement will be reinstated on Dundas Place in spring of 2022.

The City completed a monitoring and consultation study, which found the arrangement to be effective in achieving its objectives. The findings were summarized in a recent report to City Council, which you can find in the 'Council and Committee Reports' area of this page. Highlights of the report findings are included below.

Above: A map showing how to access Dundas Place in the current traffic arrangement.



Findings

The feedback on the Dundas Place 2021 temporary construction mitigation traffic diversion is predominantly positive. The survey feedback identifies broad popularity, particularly amongst those who visit Dundas Place. Business owner/operator feedback was mixed between those that supported or are ambivalent and those that preferred removal. The full monitoring and consultation report is in the 'Council and Committee Reports' area of this page.

Traffic arrangement preferences from all respondents

While motor vehicle traffic volumes were reduced by around a quarter, Dundas Place visitors increased significantly through the year, particularly higher numbers of people walking and bicycling, totalling close to double the number of vehicles. It is hard to correlate the street activity to road changes given the short history of Dundas Place and the overwhelming influence of the pandemic restrictions; however, this and other data sources will form a baseline to measure future Dundas Place success.

With respect to transportation and mobility considerations, the influence of the traffic diversion creates a more suitable connection between newly constructed cycle tracks on both ends of Dundas Place. The unique design of Dundas Place supplemented by the traffic calming influence of the traffic diversion creates a street environment that is more conducive to all ages and abilities cycling and walking and completes this component of the East-West Bikeway. The full monitoring and consultation report is in the 'Council and Committee Reports' area of this page.

People and vehicle counts: Dundas between Richmond and Clarence



Background

One of our goals heading into the construction season this year was to improve safety and mobility for all road users traveling through downtown, while maintaining access to local businesses for people traveling by car. To do this, the City made temporary changes to traffic operations on Dundas Place using a "traffic diversion" approach.

In this arrangement, motor vehicles are restricted from entering Dundas Place at Ridout Street or Wellington Street. Instead, they have access to Dundas Place from Talbot, Richmond, and Clarence Streets to reach their destination. Vehicles are still able to exit Dundas Place at Ridout and Wellington Streets. The image below illustrates how this works.

With the construction season coming to an end, the traffic diversion arrangement will be removed in late December, and the street will return to previous conditions. This is being timed to follow the reopening of King Street to general traffic and the final Festival of Markets event, which requires weekend restrictions to motor vehicles in the Ridout to Talbot Street block of the flex street.

As part of mitigation planned for 2022 core construction, which includes Phase 2 of the Downtown Loop (rapid transit) on Queen’s Avenue and Ridout Street, the traffic diversion arrangement will be reinstated on Dundas Place in spring of 2022.

The City completed a monitoring and consultation study, which found the arrangement to be effective in achieving its objectives. The findings were summarized in a recent report to City Council, which you can find in the 'Council and Committee Reports' area of this page. Highlights of the report findings are included below.

Above: A map showing how to access Dundas Place in the current traffic arrangement.



Findings

The feedback on the Dundas Place 2021 temporary construction mitigation traffic diversion is predominantly positive. The survey feedback identifies broad popularity, particularly amongst those who visit Dundas Place. Business owner/operator feedback was mixed between those that supported or are ambivalent and those that preferred removal. The full monitoring and consultation report is in the 'Council and Committee Reports' area of this page.

Traffic arrangement preferences from all respondents

While motor vehicle traffic volumes were reduced by around a quarter, Dundas Place visitors increased significantly through the year, particularly higher numbers of people walking and bicycling, totalling close to double the number of vehicles. It is hard to correlate the street activity to road changes given the short history of Dundas Place and the overwhelming influence of the pandemic restrictions; however, this and other data sources will form a baseline to measure future Dundas Place success.

With respect to transportation and mobility considerations, the influence of the traffic diversion creates a more suitable connection between newly constructed cycle tracks on both ends of Dundas Place. The unique design of Dundas Place supplemented by the traffic calming influence of the traffic diversion creates a street environment that is more conducive to all ages and abilities cycling and walking and completes this component of the East-West Bikeway. The full monitoring and consultation report is in the 'Council and Committee Reports' area of this page.

People and vehicle counts: Dundas between Richmond and Clarence


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