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July 17, 2008
Allen Road to be closed Sunday morning for maintenance and installation of RESCU cameras
The Allen Road will be closed in both directions from Highway 401 to Eglinton Avenue West on Sunday, July 20 from 12:01 a.m. to 11 a.m. for maintenance work as well as finalizing the installation of its advanced traffic management system (known as RESCU) to help improve both road safety and traffic flow.

The Allen Road system consists of eight closed circuit television cameras, approximately 100 vehicle detection devices, and eight electronic changeable message signs used to advise motorists of stopped traffic ahead. By alerting motorists to upcoming traffic delays, rear-end collisions can often be avoided.

The system works by connecting a series of vehicle detection devices to advanced traffic controllers that process the data and recommend messages to be displayed on changeable message signs. When the system detects stopped traffic, the messaging on the signs will change to advise motorists that they are approaching stopped traffic on the roadway.

A similar system is used on both the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway.

“The expansion of the RESCU system will help drivers to get better information about upcoming traffic situations,” said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “That adds up to safer roads for all motorists.”

Other specific road work activities that will be undertaken during this closure include pavement markings, sign maintenance and expressway lighting work.

Motorists can use Avenue Road, Bayview Avenue, Bathurst Street, and Dufferin Street, as alternative routes during the closure. Whenever possible, the public is encouraged to consider using public transit as a convenient alternative.

For further information about other road closures, check with Transportation Services’ Road Info line at 416-599-9090 or visit the City’s website at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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



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