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Dundas Street construction to end next week

Dundas Street East is closed between Bay and Church streets for road and streetcar work on July 17, 2017. The closure is expected to last until Sept. 16. CITYNEWS

It’s a Toronto miracle — summer construction will end early on two major streets in the downtown core.

Mayor John Tory announced on Thursday that watermain, TTC streetcar track replacement and road work on Dundas and Wellington streets will be completed ahead of schedule.

“City staff have been working in close partnership with TTC staff to speed up construction on both of these projects so we can minimize congestion and disruption, while continuing to reduce the backlog of aging City infrastructure that requires repair,” Tory explained in a statement.

Construction on Dundas, which spans from Church to Bay streets, began near the end of April and was supposed to run until Oct. 1.

City officials said the project is now scheduled to end Aug. 19.

“Dundas and Wellington Streets are just two examples of how we are working together within the City and with our contractors to move this work along faster. With each project we are pushing all parties, learning more and ultimately laying the groundwork for more accelerated construction work to come,” Tory said.

This summer construction hours have been extended for key projects across the city, including these two projects, in an attempt to minimize traffic congestion. In some cases, work has been extended to include overnight and even a fully day cycle.

The goal is also to minimize the stress construction causes the public and businesses in the area.

“We are committed to getting this important infrastructure work done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Ensuring we bring our infrastructure to a state of good repair, while minimizing construction related disruptions is important for residents, businesses and visitors alike,’ Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, Coun. Jaye Robinson, said in a statement.

Work on Wellington stretched from Church to York streets and started April 10. Crews replaced the 143-year-old watermain, replaced streetcar tracks and repaved part of the road at a budget of $6.9 million. The project was originally scheduled to end on Oct. 27 but ended last Thursday — 12 weeks early.