It's going to be another busy year for road work in Toronto in 2012 as the City works to improve road conditions for all users.
"This year, Toronto is once again embarking on an expansive road repair program," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley West), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "We are committed to doing what it takes to keep our roads and bridges in a state of good repair."
The City will be spending more than $140 million to improve the quality of Toronto's municipal roads and bridges. Major road work planned for 2012 includes Spadina Avenue from Bremner Boulevard to King Street West, Danforth Road from Midland Avenue to McCowan Road, Burnhamthorpe Road from Martin Grove Road to The East Mall, Finch Avenue from Bayview Avenue to the Don River, and Wilson Avenue from Dufferin Street to Keele Street.
In all, it is expected that the City will complete 90 kilometres of road resurfacing work in 2012.
In addition, $60 million will be spent on other work, including road work in conjunction with watermain and sewer replacement and a number of public realm initiatives - such as boulevard greening and the installation of new planters and trees.
With significant road work taking place, Councillor Minnan-Wong emphasized it is imperative for the City to work with other organizations: "We must continue to ensure that work is co-ordinated in order to minimize disruptions to the public," he said.
The City co-ordinates road work, sidewalk repairs and routine maintenance, as well as work performed by utility and communications companies, in order to maximize efficiency and, whenever possible, to avoid having to undertake major work on a road more than once.
The City has also continued its efforts to fill potholes, repairing an average of 225,000 potholes each of the past three years.
The many special events taking place in Toronto will also contribute to the roads being busy this spring and summer. Major annual events such as the Beaches Jazz Festival, the Pride Parade and the Honda Indy will take place, along with smaller festivals, street celebrations, road races and other community events.
As a resource to make it easier for motorists to find their way around Toronto's streets, the City web page at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets identifies ongoing and emergency road construction, travel conditions on City roads and special events.
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