Construction Coordination in the City
The City has a robust coordination and planning process that reviews projects before any work ever takes place on the street. Outside factors, such as the shortened construction season, work by outside agencies and the sheer volume of the work are often responsible for the traffic congestion. Here are a few steps the City has taken to minimize disruption on our streets:
Comprised of stakeholders including utility companies, TTC and city staff in charge of various divisions such as Transportation Services and Engineering and Construction Services, the group meets monthly to review road closure activity and ensure that every effort is being made to coordinate all road closures in the city.
The division that acts as a coordinating body for all groups – not just city agencies – that perform construction work in the city. MCIC connects with all groups to make sure that long-term work is coordinated and that all agencies are aware of what other organizations are doing. Also, this coordination often enables the work of different groups to be bundled together, avoiding having one organization going back to the same street and tearing it up again.
The Toronto Public Utilities Coordinating Committee (TPUCC) is a consortium established by the City of Toronto and utility companies.
The goal of the organization is to provide a forum for discussion in order to table ideas and encourage safety during construction projects. In addition, the TPUCC is committed to implementing innovative ways of reducing the impact of construction in subdivisions and main routes in order to keep traffic moving as well as reduce the inconvenience to homeowners.
In 2015 City staff were asked to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on methods that could reduce the impact of construction on City Streets. The details of which are provided in the following reports:
In 2016 City Staff provided an update to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee the activities that were undertaken in 2015 those details are provided in this report: