Here's what to expect as road construction season looms
The road maintenance department at city hall expects this to be the busiest construction season Toronto's ever seen.
Officials were out on Monday to present their plan to repair and replace pavement, sewers, bridges, and watermains.
Roughly $1 billion has been committed to dozens of projects, with about 60 cents of every dollar being put into re-paving and reconfiguring roads and streets.
There are several major projects planned for this summer, including work on four bridges over the Don Valley Parkway, which will affect the traffic below from July to October.
Work will be done to revamp the Gardiner Expressway from Jarvis Street to Cherry Street.
Bloor Street will also receive an overhaul stretching from Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue.
Overall, there are 140km of re-paving to be done, along with 200 killo-metres of sewer and watermain work.
All of those projects are set for about 600 roads across Toronto.
Crews will work extended or overnight hours on more than 60 of those job sites.
The warning from the Mayor is that this summer will see some arteries reduced to one lane each way, to accomodate the work.
The promise is that the city will make sure your alternate routes are clear of any planned construction.
Here is a list of the city's 'major' projects planned for this year:
- Kipling Avenue, Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West, Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration
- Four bridges over the Don Valley Parkway, rehabilitation of Don Mills Road, Spanbridge Road, Wynford Drive and Lawrence Avenue bridges
Gardiner Expressway Strategic Rehabilitation from Jarvis Street to Cherry Street, first phase
Bloor Street West from Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue, watermain replacement, streetscaping, bike lane construction and road resurfacing
Richmond Street from York Street to Bathurst Street, watermain replacement
Jarvis Street from Dundas Street to Queen Street, road resurfacing (resuming from 2018)
Don and Central Waterfront, first phase, Coxwell Bypass Tunnel boring
Queen Street East and Eastern Avenue, TTC track replacement
Birchmount Road from Eglinton Avenue East to Lawrence Avenue East, road resurfacing
Midland Avenue from Danforth Avenue to Lawrence Avenue East, road reconstruction
Old Weston Road from St. Clair Avenue West to Rowntree Avenue, road resurfacing
Royal York from Dixon Road to Summitcrest Drive, road resurfacing
York Mills Road from Leslie Street to Don Mills Road, road resurfacing
Willowdale Avenue from Empress Avenue to Finch Avenue, road resurfacing and bike lane installation
Bayview Avenue over the west Don River, bridge repairs.