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April 11, 2011
City set to begin its 2011 scheduled work to improve Toronto's roads
The City of Toronto is getting ready for another year of significant roadwork in an effort to improve road conditions for all users.

"This year marks another busy season for roadwork in Toronto," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "It is a statement of the City's renewed commitment to improving and maintaining our roads."

The City will be spending more than $130 million to improve the quality of Toronto's roads and bridges. Major road work planned for 2011 includes Dundas Street from Dovercourt Road to Howard Park Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue from Highway 401 to Finch Avenue, Humber College Boulevard from Highway 27 to Carrier Drive, Dufferin Street from Rogers Road to Eglinton Avenue, and Finch Avenue from Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue. In addition, $80 million will be spent on other work, including roadwork in conjunction with watermain and sewer replacement and other public realm initiatives.

Councillor Minnan-Wong added, "It is critical that, with the amount of work taking place, we continue to 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 across Toronto, are co-ordinated by the City to avoid the disruption of having roadwork undertaken repeatedly at a given location.

The City also continues its efforts to fill potholes, repairing an average of 237,000 potholes a year over the past three years. City crews have filled more than 73,000 potholes so far this year.

In addition to the roadwork, many special events will be held on Toronto's streets in the coming months. Regular events such as the Pride Parade, the Beaches Jazz Festival, the Honda Indy and the Caribana Festival as well as smaller festivals, street celebrations, road races and other community events will be taking place this spring and summer.

To make it easier for motorists to find their way around city streets, the City of Toronto website at ( identifies ongoing and emergency road construction, current travel conditions on Toronto's roads, and special events such as street festivals.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 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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