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September 23, 2009
Two new bridges will improve traffic flow and provide other enhancements to Finch/Morningside community
Mayor David Miller and Councillor Raymond Cho (Ward 42 - Scarborough Rouge River) officially opened two new bridges in the Morningside/Finch community today, significant transportation projects that will improve traffic flow in the area and generate economic and social benefits.

"These bridges are yet another example of the City's commitment to invest in the quality of our transportation infrastructure," said Mayor David Miller. "This work will improve safety and enhance the efficiency of the transportation network in this area of the city."

The new Morningside bridge, located just south of Staines Road, replaced an old bridge that allowed one-way traffic only. The new structure provides for two lanes of traffic in each direction, new sidewalks, a new off-road bike path, a new storm sewer system and special design features including impressed concrete and new landscaping.

The Finch Avenue bridge, located just west of Morningside Avenue, eliminated the at-grade rail crossing and features two lanes of traffic in each direction and dedicated turning lanes, new sidewalks, bike lanes, new storm sewers and design features such as impressed concrete and new landscaping.

"The completion of this work provides much needed infrastructure improvements for our community as well as benefits to the local economy," said Councillor Cho, who added that the cost of the project was approximately $34 million. "In addition to improving traffic flow, the projects will improve pedestrian environments, biking opportunities and other features that will both improve safety as well as enhance the overall look of the community."

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.

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Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4391,



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