Construction Projects

Riverside Drive Reconstruction

The City of Toronto is reconstructing Riverside Drive from South Kingsway to Brule Gardens, and resurfacing Riverside Crescent, to bring the streets to a state of good repair. 

News and Updates

Construction Notice

Starting April 17th, 2017 at 7:00 am and throughout the duration of the project, Riverside Drive will be reduced to one-lane northbound from the South Kingsway to the northern limit of construction. Please view the Phase 1 Construction Notice for more information.

Public Meeting #3

Thank you to all who attended the third public meeting on Monday, April 3rd, 2017. If you were unable to attend, you can view the presentation

Please see the documents below for additional detail on the final design:

A separate project on Riverside Crescent may be of interest to the Riverside Drive community. This summer, the City of Toronto will build a new retaining wall to replace the existing retaining wall and armor stone wall installation on City's property of Riverside Crescent between 30 Riverside Crescent and 43 Riverside Crescent. You can view the Pre-Construction Notice for more information.

You can contact Kate Nelischer to be added to the project mailing list:

(416) 392-4360

Riverside Road is at the end of its service life and is in need of reconstruction. This work is part of the Council-approved 2016-17 Capital Works Program to renew aging city roads, sidewalks, and infrastructure, improve water distribution and reduce the risk of watermain breaks for current and future needs.

This work will include:

  • Replacing the existing retaining wall due to severe distress and corrosion, and stabilizing the slope
  • Streetscape improvements, such as adding plants and trees
  • Replacing the watermain and substandard water services
  • Improving storm water management
  • Building curbs and gutters


A new pathway and boulevard will be installed during this process. As roads are typically fully reconstructed every 100 years, a road reconstruction project provides a once in a lifetime cost-effective opportunity to improve the street by implementing a sidewalk and further expanding the City's pedestrian network. It is the City's practice to recommend that local roads have a sidewalk on at least one side as they promote walkability, enhance pedestrian safety and comfort, and improve accessibility. The pathway will be constructed within the existing right-of-way. You can read more about sidewalks in the City's Walking Strategy

The timeline below is preliminary and subject to change.

Fall 2015: Project initiated. 

Winter 2016: Develop preliminary designs for Riverside Drive.

February 25, 2016: Second public open house to review preliminary designs, gather comments, and answer questions.

Spring 2016: Refine designs.

April 18, 2016: Second public open house to review revised designs.

Summer - Fall 2016: Revisions of final design.

February 2017: Notification of Final Design

April 3, 2017: Third Public Meeting to present final designs.

Spring 2017: Construction of the first phase of Riverside Drive, including the retaining wall.

Summer 2017: Construction of the second phase of Riverside Drive.

Public Open House #1

The City held a Public Open House on February 25, 2016 at Swansea Town Hall. Thank you to all who attended. Comments were accepted until March 10, 2016.

You can view the notice for the open house here, along with the Lead Water Services Replacement Fact Sheet here.

You can view the panels that were on display at the open house here.

You can access the comment card here.

Public Open House #2

Thank you to everyone who attended the second public open house on April 18, 2016 to learn about the design, ask questions, and provide feedback. Comments were accepted until May 18, 2016.

You can view the notice for the open house here.

You can view the panels that were on display at the open house here, and the roll plan here.

Notification of Final Design

In February 2017 the City distributed notices of the final design for Riverside Drive. Please see the documents below for additional details:

Public Meeting #3

The City held a Public Meeting on April 3, 2017 at Swansea Town Hall. Thank you to all who attended. 

You can view the meeting notice here.

You can view the presentation here.

Construction Notice

Phase 1