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April 19, 2006
City paving road to the future, addressing backlog of road work
With additional funding from City Council, Toronto’s Transportation Services Division is working toward addressing the backlog of roadwork, beginning in 2006.

“Council recognizes that our networks of roads cannot be neglected and has stepped to the plate to provide more funding,” said Councillor Shelley Carroll, Chair of the City’s Works Committee, who added that Toronto Council has supported an increase of approximately $10 million for 2006 to attack the backlog. This money will be used mainly for resurfacing projects to extend the life of some roads and avoid having more roads fall into the backlog category.

For the past four years, the City has managed to keep the backlog in check at about $235 million, but due to aging infrastructure, it is expected to grow to more than $300 million by the end of 2006. Left unchecked, the backlog will result in increased emergency maintenance costs and reduce the quality of travel conditions for all road users.

“Council’s decision to provide more money for our network of roads and expressways is critical because it means improved road conditions now and fewer serious problems in the future,” added Councillor Carroll. “With some of this work being done sooner rather than later, it will mean a savings of both time and money for Toronto residents.”

Similar to past years, Transportation Services is gearing up for a significant amount of road work in 2006. More than 300 road and bridge construction projects, totaling more than $300 million, are planned for this year.

“Keeping the roads in a state of good repair is one of our main goals,” said Gary Welsh, General Manager, Transportation Services. “But we don’t do this work haphazardly. We spend a significant amount of time and energy to plan these projects carefully so that we can do whatever we can to keep disruptions to a minimum.”

To do this, roadwork, sidewalk repairs and routine maintenance work, as well as work performed by utility and communications companies continues to be co-ordinated by the City to avoid having road work done repeatedly across Toronto.

Major road work planned for the City in 2006 will include Lakeshore Boulevard, Lansdowne Avenue, McNicoll Avenue, Pharmacy Avenue, Runnymede Road and The Queensway.

There will also be road closures on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway. The first expressway closure will take place on the weekend of April 22 and 23 when the Gardiner Expressway will be closed in both directions between Carlaw Avenue and the Humber River for annual spring maintenance work.

“The roadwork we have planned for this year is necessary to provide safe and comfortable travel conditions throughout the city for all road users,” added Welsh.

For more information about major construction and rehabilitation projects scheduled for 2006, see the 2006 Capital Works Program Highlights (PDF).

The Transportation Services' 2006 expressway and major route closure schedule is available on the City 's website at

Media contact:

Steve Johnston
Sr. Communications Co-ordinator



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