The City of Toronto today announced plans to spend more than $240 million to improve the quality of the City’s roads and bridges as well as other transportation programs that support transit initiatives, cycling infrastructure and pedestrian environments.
“The City of Toronto is committed to maintaining and upgrading the quality of our transportation infrastructure,” said Mayor David Miller. “Toronto’s transportation network is a critical component of our community and we are investing in our infrastructure assets to ensure the safety of all road users. Performing this work is another example of the City’s efforts to create jobs in difficult times – doing what is necessary to improve the economic well-being of our community.”
There will be 95 kilometres of newly initiated road construction projects this year. New major road work planned for the city in 2009 will include Lawrence Avenue in the east, Moore Avenue in the central area, Allen Road in the north and Martin Grove Road in the west. In addition, about $70 million will also be spent on other work including road work in conjunction with watermain and sewer replacement and other public realm initiatives.
While keeping the roads in a state of good repair is important, the Mayor said the City continues to invest in walking, cycling and transit initiatives that will reduce congestion and improve air quality.
“It is important to remember that transportation is more than just roads. We are also improving pedestrian environments, committed to completing the Toronto Bike Plan and enhancing public transit opportunities. In this way, we are taking important steps in the efforts to reduce the harmful emissions that lead to climate change,” said Mayor Miller.
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair of the City’s Works and Infrastructure Committee, noted that, due to recent harsh winter conditions, the City has put additional emphasis on fixing potholes.
“We’ve increased the number of crews to perform this work,” said Councillor De Baeremaeker. “The City has fixed an average of 190,000 potholes per year in the past four years and we’re committed to doing even more to keep the roads in good shape.”
Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto’s incorporation as a city. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.