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An especially big, bad $155 million road fixing season begins

"This year is actually going to be the largest amalgamation of pending road reconstruction, resurfacing and bridges."

The words, spoken by the city’s general manager of transportation services Steve Buckley, should be enough to strike terror into any Toronto driver.

Road construction means detours and delays, and starting now, we’re in for $155 million worth.

"Basically, we have a lot of aging infrastructure," Buckley says, "and at this point, our roads are not in great condition.” He blames in on a "backlog of deferred maintenance" saying that there’s going to be an extra $285 million spent on major roads over the next 10 years to get the major arteries in shape.

Last week, crews were on Kingston Road, which is being reconstructed and resurfaced from Birchmount to Queen. Other major jobs this spring include Keele from Falstaff to Arrowsmith, Bloor from Lansdowne to Bathurst, Dufferin from Dundas to Keele and Albion Road from Steeles to Highway 27.

Drivers who want to keep on top of what’s going on so they can pre-plan (or just pre-fume) can check out both scheduled and emergency roadworks here.

Writer: Bert Archer
Source: Steve Buckley

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