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June 4, 2009
Councillors welcome new construction to remove Dufferin Jog
  
Councillor Adam Giambrone (Ward 18 Davenport) joined Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale High Park) today to officially kick off construction work that will eliminate the Dufferin Jog. This significant transportation project will result in improved traffic flow in the area as well as other economic and social benefits. It is one of the City’s largest infrastructure projects taking place this year, with a budget of about $40 million.

“I am extremely pleased to see shovels in the ground and work beginning on the Dufferin Jog Elimination Project,” said Councillor Giambrone. “In difficult economic times, people look to government to provide assistance and this project will provide much needed infrastructure improvements for our community and benefits to the local economy. This Council has succeeded at making possible a major infrastructure investment that west end residents have been requesting for decades.”

The construction work will feature an underpass that will connect Dufferin Street from south of Queen Street to north of Peel Avenue. The streetscape in the area will be significantly enhanced with public art along the walls of the tunnel and parkland will be added at the northwest intersection of Queen Street and Dufferin Street.

This project is part of the City’s $240 million in road construction projects and initiatives recently announced by Mayor David 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.

“In addition to improving traffic flow, the work will result in an improved pedestrian environment, bike lanes and parkland for the local community,” noted Councillor Gord Perks. “This is a tremendous development for the residents in this area who have been waiting for this work to take place for some time.”

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, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca




 

 

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