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March 29, 2010
Investments in city’s infrastructure and special events mean a busy season on the roads

The City of Toronto is getting ready for one of the busiest summers ever on its roads as it prepares to engage in an aggressive road and watermain construction program as well as host a series of high profile special events and activities.

“The City will be involved in a significant amount of road and sewer projects that will improve the infrastructure assets for all Torontonians,” said Mayor David Miller. “And, because of the milder winter, our crews were able to spend more time working on doing road repairs and fixing potholes and that has made a significant difference to the overall quality of our roads.”

The City will be spending more than $205 million to improve the quality of the city’s roads and bridges. New major road work planned for the city in 2010 will include Pottery Road from Bayview Avenue to Broadview Avenue, Lawrence Avenue from Kingston Road to almost Meadowvale Road, Bloor Street from the South Kingsway to Keele Street, the Jamieson Avenue bridge over the Gardiner Expressway, and a large amount of resurfacing work on the Gardiner Expressway. In addition, about $45 million will go toward major projects such as eliminating the Dufferin Jog and approximately $80 million will be spent on other work, including road work in conjunction with watermain and sewer replacement and public realm initiatives.

While the City has an ambitious infrastructure program for 2010, the work has been enhanced through the Canada Infrastructure Stimulus Program. About $60 million will be spent on these projects.

While keeping the roads in a state of good repair is important, the mayor said the City continues to invest in walking, cycling and transit initiatives that will reduce congestion and improve air quality.

In addition to the road work, it will also be a very busy time in terms of the number of special events taking place in Toronto. 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, in addition to 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.

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:
Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4391,



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