City gears up for more work to improve road conditions

    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - For the second consecutive year, the City of
Toronto is spending more money in an effort to improve the City's network of
roads and bridges.
    "It is important that the roads get the treatment they require and that's
why Council has supported more funding for 2007," said Councillor Glenn De
Baeremaeker, Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee,
adding that Toronto Council supported an increase of approximately $10 million
for 2007, bringing the total to $130 million to be used for state of good
repair projects.
    Major road work planned for the City in 2007 includes Dundas St. (east
and west), Martingrove Rd., Jane St., Davenport Rd., Kennedy Rd. and McCowan
    Again this year, there will be road closures on the Don Valley Parkway
and the Gardiner Expressway for annual maintenance work. The first expressway
closure will take place Sunday, April 22 when the Gardiner Expressway will be
closed in both directions between Carlaw Ave. and the Humber River.
    "Our goal continues to be to work hard to keep the roads in a state of
good repair," said Gary Welsh, General Manager, Transportation Services. "But,
with all of this work taking place, it's important that we co-ordinate the
work very carefully in order to keep disruptions to a minimum."
    Roadwork, sidewalk repairs and routine maintenance as well as work
performed by utility and communications companies continues to be co-ordinated
by the City to avoid having road work done repeatedly across Toronto.
    Councillor De Baeremaeker also noted that Transportation Services is
expecting to make better use of the money it receives from Council. The
division has developed a plan to improve contract procedures that will allow
the division to spend a larger amount of the money it is allocated for road

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to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
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In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
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