TORONTO, Ont. – The City of Toronto has announced its long list of summer construction projects, Thursday, spending approximately $200-million to improve roads and bridges.
“About 90 kilometres of road resurfacing work is expected to be done in 2012,” said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, the city’s chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, who unveiled the plans for road construction and event-related closures that will impact traffic.
“A lot of our roads are getting older. We had a boom in the 50′s and 60′s. Those roads are coming to their natural end,” said Myles Currie, Toronto’s Director of Transportation. Currie said there is a blacklog of projects that need to be done.
“Major roads, such as Burnhamthorpe, as well as expressways and the DVP and the Gardiner – we try to prioritize that work because it carries so much traffic,” he added.
Richard, who drives on Burnhamthorpe – one of the routes under construction – on a regular basis which is closed for construction, offered this advice for 680News listeners while in their cars: “Get real patient.”
“They’re inconveniencing everybody actually. The tenants are complaining. Business is very slow” said Bob, who works at a plaza in the middle of the same construction zone near Martin Grove.
The city said it will work with other organizations to minimize the disruptions.
Major road work planned for 2012 includes:
- Spadina Avenue from Bremner Boulevard to King Street West
- Danforth Road from Midland Avenue to McCowan Road
- Burnhamthorpe Road from Martin Grove Road to The East Mall
- Finch Avenue from Bayview Avenue to the Don River
- Wilson Avenue from Dufferin Street to Keele Street
In terms of upcoming road restrictions, the DVP will be closed from Highway 401 to the Gardiner Expressway from Saturday, April 14, at 2 a.m. to Monday, April 16, at 5 a.m. The closure is for the annual spring maintenance.
For a list of upcoming projects, road restriction, Gardiner closures and more, visit the City of Toronto Transportation Services page.