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April 24, 2008
City getting ready for busy road construction season, continuing to fix potholes
The City of Toronto continues to allocate more resources to improve the City’s network of roads and bridges.

“We need to make sure that our roads and bridges are in good shape for everyone who uses them,” said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, adding that Toronto City Council has agreed to spend more than $140 million on state of good repair projects. “It’s a lot of money, but it is critical for us to maintain our infrastructure assets and improve safety conditions.”

Major road work planned in 2008 will take place on The Queensway, Kennedy Rd., Bloor St., Parliament St. and Bathurst St.

List of major projects

Councillor De Baeremaeker added that the City has been extremely diligent in dealing with potholes during the past few months.

“After this winter, one of the worst in terms of snow and ice conditions in recent memory, the City has worked very hard to fix potholes on our roads,” he said, noting that the City filled more than 90,000 potholes this winter and spring.

“While we want to keep the roads in a state of good repair, we are also working hard to create safe and effective environments for other methods of transportation, including walking, biking and public transit,” said Gary Welsh, General Manager, Transportation Services. Welsh added that Transportation Services is committed to encouraging key transit projects, enhancing biking opportunities and improving conditions for pedestrians in order to assist in the efforts to reduce harmful emissions that lead to climate change and to help reduce traffic congestion.

Again this year, there will be road closures on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway for annual maintenance work. The first expressway closure will see the Don Valley Parkway closed in both directions between Highway 401 and the Gardiner Expressway from Sunday, May 4, at 2 a.m. to Monday, May 5, at 5 a.m.

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 Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391, cell 416-553-1076,



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