Busy summer on our roads

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.