THORNHILL, ON, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The cost to maintain and repair the
City of Toronto's aging road infrastructure is estimated to balloon
from $950 million to $1.2 billion over the next 10 years.
That is why CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) has repeatedly urged the
province to play a bigger role in addressing the infrastructure needs
in Toronto and right across Ontario through dedicated infrastructure
"Dedicated funding is a vital component to pay for much needed repairs
on our deteriorating roads and crumbling bridges," said Faye Lyons,
Government Relations, CAA SCO. "Investing in infrastructure will help
make our roads and bridges across Toronto safer, and plans recently
outlined in the fall Economic Statement would help ensure funds are
earmarked for these important projects."
Toronto's aging infrastructure includes 300 kilometres of expressways,
539 bridges and 5,600 kilometres of roads.
From 2011 to 2012, the provincial government collected over $2.3 billion
in gas taxes.
"Drivers are paying the tax every time they fill up at the pumps and
they want to see that money reinvested back into road work and
repairs," added Lyons.
Currently, the City of Toronto is addressing the needs for streets
originally built in the 1950s.
"There are still many roads in Toronto that require resurfacing within
the next 15 years. If these roads are not resurfaced, there will be a
demand instead for reconstruction which is three times more costly than
resurfacing," said Lyons.
Earlier this year, CAA commissioned a report by the Conference Board of
Canada, Where the Rubber Meets the Road: How Much Motorists Pay for
Infrastructure, which concluded road users in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
(GTHA) more than cover the full costs of construction, maintenance and
CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering roadside services, automotive care,
travel and insurance. There are more than 1.9 million CAA members in
South Central Ontario and over 5.9 million members in Canada.
SOURCE: CAA South Central Ontario
For further information:
Media contact: Jeff LeMoine, Communications Consultant, CAA SCO, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641.