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August 14, 2009
Simcoe Street underpass opens to traffic
Construction of one of the City’s largest infrastructure projects, the underpass at Simcoe Street, has been completed and the road is now open to traffic. This significant transportation project will result in improved traffic flow in the area for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

The project features an 80-metre-long tunnel underneath the Union Station rail corridor, consisting of two southbound lanes of traffic with a left-turn lane at Bremner Boulevard, one northbound lane of traffic, bicycle lanes in both directions from Front Street to Bremner Boulevard, and sidewalks on both sides of the street.

"The Simcoe Street underpass will improve downtown traffic flow and help provide important services to future development on the lands south of Union Station," said Mayor David Miller. "But, most importantly, the project will improve access to our waterfront for all Torontonians."

The Simcoe Street project also involves construction of a new pumping station, a below-grade water detention facility, a watermain, lighting, rail track work and new utility installations.

In addition to this project, the City is spending more than $240 million on road construction projects and initiatives that were announced earlier this year by Mayor Miller. In addition, about $70 million will be spent on other work including road work in conjunction with watermain and sewer replacement and public realm initiatives.

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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



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