Another year of significant road work is taking place in the City of Toronto in an effort to improve road conditions for all users. In addition to the work, there’s going to be lots of fun as the city plays host to a variety of special events.
In 2011, the City will be spending more than $130 million to improve the quality of the City’s roads and bridges.
Major road work planned for 2011 includes Dundas Street from Dovercourt Road to Howard Park Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue from Highway 401 to Finch Avenue, Humber College Boulevard from Highway 27 to Carrier Drive, Dufferin Street from Rogers Road to Eglinton Avenue and Finch Avenue from Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue. In addition, $80 million will also be spent on other work including road work in conjunction with watermain and sewer replacement and public realm initiatives.
It’s critical that with the amount of work taking place, the City continues to coordinate the work very carefully in order to keep disruptions to a minimum. To do this, roadwork, sidewalk repairs and routine maintenance as well as work performed by utility and communications companies continues to be coordinated by the City to avoid having road work done repeatedly across Toronto.
The City has also continued its efforts to fill potholes, repairing an average of 237,000 potholes over the past three years.
But it’s more than just road work that will keep our streets busy. This summer marks a very busy time due to the number of special events taking place in Toronto. Regular events such as the Pride Parade, Beaches Jazz Festival, Honda Indy and more will take place this summer as will smaller festivals, street celebrations, road races and other community events.
To make it easier for motorists to find their way around City streets, the City has developed a website, toronto.ca/torontostreets that shows on-going and emergency road construction, existing travel conditions on city roads and a variety of special events taking place.
Toronto helping its residents celebrate Canada Day
The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to enjoy Canada Day in Toronto on Friday, July 1 by coming out for parades, musical entertainment, barbecues, historical site tours and fireworks celebrating Canada’s birthday.
City-wide Canada Day celebrations will include annual Canada Day parades, community events and fireworks shows – among other highlights.
A special event organized by the City of Toronto will be held at Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge St.) from 8 to 10:30 p.m. The event features live musical performances by Ray Robinson and nine-piece powerhouse King Sunshine, and will end with a spectacular fireworks display. Admission is free. More details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/canada/2011.
City parks, outdoor swimming pools and wading pools will be open on Canada Day, as will City historic sites. Community centres will be closed on July 1. The City’s swimming pools schedules can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/recreation_facilities/swimming. More information about online water quality reports for local beaches is available at http://www.toronto.ca/beach.
The Toronto Zoo is open this Canada Day long weekend. Families can cool off at Splash Island, take in one of the Zoo’s amazing animal shows, visit the endangered African penguins – new to the Toronto Zoo – or check out the sharks at Stingray Bay Exhibit. More information is available at http://www.torontozoo.com.
Four special events this coming weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the events. Businesses in the affected areas are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to motorists. In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city this summer. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations. If you need to drive in event areas, allow extra time to get to and from your destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets.
A summary of the City’s community Canada Day activities follows, organized by geographic areas of Toronto. Residents are reminded that fireworks are not allowed to be set off in City of Toronto parks.
Further details about the city-wide community events that are taking place are available online where noted, and the public can also call 311 for information.