Today, Mayor John Tory announced that throughout August, the City of Toronto will be increasing its construction-related road closure audits to reduce traffic interruptions and enhance the mobility of all road users in advance of the return to school in September, when traffic levels are expected to rise.
City crews regularly patrol all approved construction-related road and lane closures to ensure they are in active use, enforce permit compliance and encourage contractors to clear up construction debris and reopen the road as soon as possible once work is complete.
The increased effort over the next month aims to mitigate construction impacts and reduce delays prior to the start of the school season in September.
City staff make every effort to inform residents, local businesses and road users about construction activities and how to plan for them well in advance.
The City will continue to roll out enhanced communication in the coming weeks to better inform residents and businesses near construction sites about progress and the mitigation measures employed to minimize impacts.
Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of road closures should stay alert, consider alternate routes and allow extra time to get to and from their destinations. A complete list of road closures and restrictions is available on the City’s Road Restrictions webpage.
“Checking construction-related lane closures to make sure they’re active and in compliance is a common sense thing to do to keep Toronto moving safely. Construction growth is a sign of a vital and flourishing city, but it’s also important that we work constantly to minimize the impacts construction has on our road network so that pedestrians, transit users, cyclists and drivers can get around our city safely and efficiently. Increasing our construction-related road closure audits in August is the right thing to do and will help reduce prolonged disruptions to residents, businesses and road users as much as possible before traffic picks up again in September.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Increasing our construction-related road closure audits in August is one of the proactive steps we’re taking to improve coordination, enhance safety and reduce interruptions to traffic, especially before students return to school in September.”
– Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee
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