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May 21, 2010
New website to help residents and visitors navigate Toronto's roads during busy summer
  
The City of Toronto is making it easier for motorists to find their way around city streets.

The City has created a website at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets that shows ongoing and emergency road construction, existing travel conditions on City of Toronto roads and special events taking place.

"This is going to be an exciting and busy summer in Toronto, and we want to do everything we can to make getting around the city as effortless as possible," said Mayor David Miller. "This new website is one of the ways we will keep residents and visitors informed about how best to do that. Make this site one of your favourites and check it before you leave home to help find your best route around the city.”

The mayor remarked that the website is especially timely considering the ambitious road repair work that the city is involved in this year. In 2010, the City will be spending more than $205 million to improve the quality of Toronto’s roads and bridges. That work will include about $45 million for major projects such as the eliminating the Dufferin Jog and another $80 million on other improvements, including road work in conjunction with watermain and sewer replacement and public realm initiatives.

In addition to the road work, it will also be a very busy time for special events taking place here. Toronto is playing host to a number of important events, such as the G20 Summit, the Shriners Convention and the Canadian Open Golf Tournament. As well, regular events such as the Pride Parade, Beaches Jazz Festival, Honda Indy and Caribana Festival will take place this summer, along with smaller festivals, street celebrations, road races and other community events.

“These festivals and events are very important to the city. They are enjoyed each year by local residents and inject hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy,” said Mayor Miller.

From the new website, residents can also sign up for e-updates to receive the latest information about road closures and traffic disruptions in the city.

Although the website will be as accurate and up-to-date as possible, members of the public are encouraged to contact the City should they become aware of a disruption that is not listed. Unexpected incidents and minor emergency repairs will not be included on this site.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Media contact:
Bruce Hawkins, Communications Coordinator, 416-392-3496, bhawkin@toronto.ca




 

 

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