City of Toronto officials released a long to-do list of road work, as it unveiled its $550-million infrastructure plan for the construction season.
Coun. Jaye Robinson, chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, said $270 million will be spent on improving roads, expressways and bridges — an increase of $55 million from last year.
One of the key projects includes Phase 2 west deck replacement of the Gardiner Expressway, which is expected to begin in September after the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and continue until December.
The other road projects are:
- Bayview Avenue from Lawrence Avenue to York Mills Road
- Birchmount Road from Lawrence Avenue to Ellesmere Road
- Sherbourne Street and Lower Sherbourne Street (north of Lake Shore Boulevard)
- Lawrence Avenue West from Weston Road to Royal York Road
- Highway 27 from Finch Avenue to Steeles Avenue West
- Dufferin Street from Eglinton Avenue to Highway 401
- Lawrence Avenue from Markham Road to Kingston Road
By the time all the work is done, the city will have completed over 120 kilometres of road resurfacing work and 146 kilometres of sewer and watermain work.
Steve Buckley, general manager of Toronto Transportation Services, said projects would be more coordinated this season and traffic-light sequencing will also be used to try to ease the impact on drivers.
“It does not mean that we will not have zero impacts this construction season, but what we are doing is we’re taking a more thoughtful look at it, and also coordinating it a little bit better with special events,” Buckley said.
For example, when Allen Road was shut down earlier this month so Metrolinx could move its boring machines, road crews also managed to do some spring maintenance on the roadway at the same time.
The city will be spending $230 million on sewer and watermain replacement and rehabilitation and $62 million on basement flooding protection.
Robinson also said the city has repaired 100,000 potholes so far this year. In contrast, the December 2013 ice storm led to 360,000 pothole repairs in 2014.