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Toronto enters into busiest ever construction season with over $1 billion in planned work

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Toronto enters into busiest ever construction season with over $1 billion in planned work

TORONTO — The City of Toronto has officially launched its busiest construction season ever with more than $1 billion in work planned for roads, bridges, expressways, sewers, and watermains — the largest investment into a City of Toronto construction season to date, indicated Toronto Mayor John Tory in a May 13 release.

Approximately $590 million will be spent on rehabilitating and improving transportation infrastructure including $100 million on major roads; $70 million on local roads; $200 million on expressways including the F.G. Gardiner Strategic Rehabilitation project; $60 million on sidewalks and cycling infrastructure; $45 million on Vision Zero infrastructure and the Road Safety Plan; and $115 million on bridges, culverts and other transportation infrastructure in the municipal right-of-way.

As well, approximately $480 million will be invested in water infrastructure including:

$200 million on watermains and water services; $75 million on sewers; $75 million on basement flooding protection; and $130 million on storm water management projects including the Don River and Central Waterfront.

Some of the major projects planned for this year include:

  • Kipling Avenue, Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West, Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration;
  • Four bridges over the Don Valley Parkway, rehabilitation of Don Mills Road, Spanbridge Road, Wynford Drive and Lawrence Avenue bridges;
  • Gardiner Expressway Strategic Rehabilitation from Jarvis Street to Cherry Street, first phase;
  • Bloor Street West from Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue, watermain replacement, streetscaping, bike lane construction and road resurfacing;
  • Richmond Street from York Street to Bathurst Street, watermain replacement;
  • Jarvis Street from Dundas Street to Queen Street, road resurfacing (resuming from 2018);
  • Don and Central Waterfront, first phase, Coxwell Bypass Tunnel boring;
  • Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue, TTC track replacement;
  • Birchmount Road from Eglinton Avenue East to Lawrence Avenue East, road resurfacing;
  • Midland Avenue from Danforth Avenue to Lawrence Avenue East, road reconstruction;
  • Old Weston Road from St. Clair Avenue West to Rowntree Avenue, road resurfacing;
  • Royal York from Dixon Road to Summitcrest Drive, road resurfacing;
  • York Mills Road from Leslie Street to Don Mills Road, road resurfacing;
  • Willowdale Avenue from Empress Avenue to Finch Avenue, road resurfacing and bike lane installation; and
  • Bayview Avenue over the west Don River, bridge repairs.

Construction will be taking place on more than 600 roads across the city with about 140 kilometres of road paving and 200 kilometres of sewer and watermain improvements scheduled.

To help accelerate projects and to minimize traffic congestion during the construction season, the City will extend work hours for key projects, bundle projects and implement signal-timing changes on parallel routes and enhanced signage at work locations, states the release, adding this year, 63 projects will operate on extended, overnight or 24/7 work hours.

“With work happening across all of Toronto, including on major roads and expressways, this year’s construction season is going to be very busy,” said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 6 York Centre), chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee, in a statement.

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