TORONTO — The City of Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recently announced the start of the summer construction season, with more than 200 projects planned for roads, bridges, sewers and watermains.
Sixty of those projects are considered major in scope.
The city will invest more than $720 million this year to maintain and upgrade its infrastructure including $360 million on roads, expressways and bridges, $299 million on sewers and watermains, and $61.2 million on basement flooding protection.
The work will result in the completion of about 140 kilometres of road resurfacing and 300 kilometres of sewer and watermain improvements, states a release issued by the city.
Major projects planned for this year include:
- replacing the TTC track and concrete at the Gerrard Street East and Parliament Street intersection;
- a six points reconfiguration in the area of Bloor Street West/Dundas Street West/Kipling Avenue;
- Harbour Street streetscape and multi-use trail construction until July;
- resurfacing Eglinton Avenue West between Islington and Jane Street, resuming from 2017;
- watermain replacement and road resurfacing on Jarvis Street from Dundas Street East to Queen Street East;
- watermain replacement and road resurfacing on Adelaide Street East from Jarvis Street to Parliament Street;
- TTC track replacement at the intersection of Dundas Street East and Broadview Avenue and on Dundas Street East from Broadview Avenue to Gerrard Street East, to last eight weeks;
- watermain replacement and road resurfacing on Kipling Avenue from Albion Road to Belfield Road;
- watermain structural relining on Kennedy Road from Ellesmere Road to Lawrence Avenue East;
- road resurfacing on Pharmacy Avenue from Sheppard Avenue to Finch Avenue and from Lawrence Avenue to the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks north of Lawrence Avenue;
- road resurfacing on Martin Grove Road from Lavington Drive to Eglinton Avenue West;
- watermain replacement and road resurfacing on Dundas Street West from Bay Street to Spadina Avenue; and
- rehabilitation of the Gardiner Expressway from Jarvis to Cherry streets starting later this year.
To help accelerate projects and to minimize traffic congestion the city will extend hours for key projects, bundle projects and implement signal-timing changes on parallel routes along with enhanced signs at work locations, the release indicates, adding many projects will include extended and 24/7 work hours.