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August 20, 2004
City prepares for impact of Highway 401 closure this weekend
As announced by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) earlier today, Highway 401
eastbound express lanes between Kipling Avenue and Jane Street will be closed
this weekend and next, for reconstruction of the concrete road base. As a
result, the City of Toronto's Transportation Services Division expects
alternative routes on city streets to experience heavier than usual weekend
traffic and congestion.

The City's Transportation Services Division has been in contact with MTO
throughout the development of this project and will do everything it can to
help traffic move as smoothly as possible for weekend motorists. It has been
predicted that traffic flows on arterial streets in the area bounded by
Eglinton Avenue, Wilson Avenue, Martin Grove Road and Keele Street will
resemble weekday peak period flows.

To improve the flow of traffic on the streets most likely to be used by
motorists as diversion routes, Transportation Services will make signal timing
adjustments at 30 critical intersections. New advance green left-turn phasing
has been installed at five intersections on arterials south of Highway 401 to
improve the ability of eastbound traffic to turn left and travel north to
Highway 401 east of the closure zone. City staff will be in the field
monitoring and adjusting, as necessary, the operation of critical intersections.

RESCU traffic management system hours of operation will also be extended to
provide continuous coverage from Friday night through Sunday night, to ensure
that the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway are operating as efficient
by-pass routes.

The public is encouraged to use public transit (TTC and GO) as a convenient,
alternative choice whenever possible.

For more information on the Ministry of Transportation Highway 401 closure

Media contact:
Bruce Zvaniga, Acting Director, Traffic Management Centre,



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