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April 17, 2007
City gears up for more work to improve road conditions
For the second consecutive year, the City of Toronto is spending more money in an effort to improve the City’s network of roads and bridges.

“It is important that the roads get the treatment they require and that’s why Council has supported more funding for 2007,” said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, adding that Toronto Council supported an increase of approximately $10 million for 2007, bringing the total to $130 million to be used for state of good repair projects.

Major road work planned for the City in 2007 includes Dundas St. (east and west), Martingrove Rd., Jane St., Davenport Rd., Kennedy Rd. and McCowan Rd.

Again this year, there will be road closures on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway for annual maintenance work. The first expressway closure will take place Sunday, April 22 when the Gardiner Expressway will be closed in both directions between Carlaw Ave. and the Humber River.

“Our goal continues to be to work hard to keep the roads in a state of good repair,” said Gary Welsh, General Manager, Transportation Services. “But, with all of this work taking place, it’s important that we co-ordinate the work very carefully in order to keep disruptions to a minimum.”

Roadwork, sidewalk repairs and routine maintenance 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.

Councillor De Baeremaeker also noted that Transportation Services is expecting to make better use of the money it receives from Council. The division has developed a plan to improve contract procedures that will allow the division to spend a larger amount of the money it is allocated for road maintenance.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391



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