This construction season, the City of Toronto has worked to accelerate as many important construction projects as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crews completed a number of major projects this summer, some on accelerated schedules due to lower traffic volumes, and will begin more work this fall to continue to renew and improve aging water and transportation infrastructure across the city.
Some of the major projects that were completed this summer on-time or ahead of schedule include:
So far, the City has completed road resurfacing work on more than 170 local roads. The remainder of the 323 local roads planned for resurfacing work is on-track to be completed this fall. The City is also on-track to complete sewer upgrades on more than 100 streets to protect basements from flooding.
Over the next few weeks, the City is beginning more major construction projects to renew and improve aging infrastructure:
During construction, the public are advised to plan their travel in advance, consider alternate routes, be aware that street parking may be impacted, obey signage around work zones and be patient while travelling in and around work zones throughout the city.
Individuals are encouraged to use the City’s web-based map, toronto.ca/roadrestrictions, to help plan travel and avoid road closures.
Information about the City’s planned capital construction work is available at toronto.ca/inview.
“Despite the challenges we continue to face with COVID-19, I am proud of the work completed this summer on a number of the City’s major planned construction projects – some of which were accelerated as we had a rare opportunity to complete work in the city during a period when not many people were travelling on our roads. Thank you to our City staff and contractors for getting this work done and continuing to deliver important infrastructure upgrades during the pandemic. While there are now more people going out and about as the City continues in its rebuild and recovery phase, I ask for your continued patience on our roads while we continue our work to renew our vital infrastructure.”
– Mayor John Tory
“The City’s work to renew our aging infrastructure is critically important to ensure it remains in a state of good repair now and in the future. During a normal construction season, the City had a loaded plate of projects planned for 2020 and I’m delighted of the progress made to date on the City’s construction portfolio. The construction season represents an investment in local infrastructure and with it a dividend for stronger neighbourhoods, home owners and renters and road users. While no one likes to have construction on their street, I thank everyone for their patience so far and encourage all residents to continue to plan their travel in advance as we enter into the fall.”
– Councillor James Pasternak, York Centre (Ward 6), Chair of the Infrastructure & Environment Committee
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