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Toronto announces start of construction season

Last Updated May 9, 2018 at 11:35 am EDT

Construction materials for planned TTC track work are seen at the intersection of Gerrard and Parliament streets in Toronto on May 9, 2018. CITYNEWS/Tony Fera

Toronto has announced the start of this year’s construction season, which will involve restoring the eastern part of the Gardiner Expressway and work on a multi-use trail, among other projects.

The city said it will spend $720 million in 2018, including $360 million to fix roads, expressways and bridges and almost $300 million on sewers and watermains.

Another $61.2 million is earmarked for basement flooding protection.

“Like last year, 2018 is going to be a busy year on our roads for construction,” said Coun. Jaye Robinson, chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

“This is critical work that needs to be done. We need to make sure that we’re renewing our aging infrastructure to improve the quality of our network of roads, bridges, sewers and watermains.”

The city plans to replace the TTC tracks at the intersections of Gerrard and Parliament streets and Dundas and Broadview, as well as work on the streetscape and multi-use trail at Harbour Street.

Later this year, crews will start restoring the Gardiner from Jarvis to Cherry streets.

“As always, I will be pushing to make sure the work is done as quickly as possible to minimize any disruptions for pedestrians, transit riders, cyclists and drivers,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement.

For a full list of projects, check the City of Toronto website.