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May 29, 2013
New Overhead signs erected on Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard
The City of Toronto has installed additional overhead changeable message signs on city roads to help keep traffic moving and improve driver safety.

Six new signs have been installed on Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway. The new signs are being tested now and will be activated in June. This is one part of the city's more comprehensive strategy on managing congestion.

"These new overhead signs will provide real time traffic information to motorists travelling on our roadways. This information will give them the opportunity to alter their route to avoid trouble spots and get where they are going faster," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, (Ward 34 Don Valley East), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

The signs are part of the City's Traffic Management Centre's Intelligent Transportation System, known as RESCU. The system is made up of 73 traffic cameras, 852 vehicle detector stations, 12 overhead message signs and 18 portable message signs. RESCU detects disruptions to traffic flow along the Don Valley Parkway, Gardiner Expressway, Lake Shore Boulevard and Allen Road.

The goal of the RESCU system is to reduce the number of collisions through early detection of roadway incidents and to improve the movement of people and goods on our roads.

When the flow of traffic is disrupted on a roadway, RESCU operators notify emergency services and change messages on the overhead signs to provide information to drivers.

In addition to providing timely information on traffic incidents, the signs also update motorists on traffic congestion and planned closures, enabling motorists to make decisions to avoid delays.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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