Last year I expressed concerns to staff about the management of road and infrastructure projects during the busy construction season, and whether this could be coordinated to minimize negative impacts on traffic.
The City of Toronto has announced a new approach to coordinating road closures this season while construction is taking place on Toronto's aging roads, sewers and water mains.
In 2016, the City will make substantial investments to maintain and upgrade its infrastructure including roads, expressways and bridges; sewers and water mains; and basement flooding protection measures.
The City is taking steps to mitigate traffic congestion such as extending hours for key projects (working 24/7 where possible), bundling projects, implementing signal timing changes on parallel routes and enhancing signage at work locations.
Some of the major projects planned for 2016 include:
Road resurfacing on Bayview Ave from just south of Highway 401 to Steeles Ave
Completing the west deck replacement of the Gardiner Expressway from Jameson Ave to Spadina Ave
Road resurfacing on Warden Ave from Sheppard Ave to Steeles Ave
Road resurfacing on Martin Grove Rd, from Vulcan St (north of Highway 409) to Finch Ave
Water main replacement and road work on Gerrard St from Yonge St to Sherbourne St
Road resurfacing on Don Mills Rd from Lawrence Ave to York Mills Rd
TTC track replacement, and road and sidewalk repairs on College St at Bathurst St and Lansdowne Ave
Water main replacement, TTC track replacement and road resurfacing on Richmond St from Church St to York St
Water main replacement on Queen St from Bathurst St to Spadina Ave
Trunk sewer replacement on Lake Shore Blvd from Dwight Ave to Superior Ave
Water main replacement on Finch Ave at Highway 27
As a result of the construction, it is expected that the City will complete over 122 km of road resurfacing work and 238 km of sewer and water main work in 2016.
The City continues its efforts to fill potholes – 64,000 potholes have been filled so far this year. More than 250,000 potholes were repaired in 2015. Residents are asked to use the city's online service at www.toronto.ca/311 to report potholes so that crews can be assigned to fix them. On this page, simply click on "roads" to create a pothole service request.
To help motorists plan their way around, the City now has a web-based map, available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions, that identifies ongoing and emergency road construction, travel conditions on City roads and special events. Information about the City's planned capital construction work, which also affects roads, is available at http://www.toronto.ca/inview.