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'Stay away' from construction to avoid delays, Ford says

04/09/2013 02:28 EDT | Updated 06/09/2013 05:12 EDT
The City of Toronto has released a list of key road projects it will tackle this year and Mayor Rob Ford has advice for the people who get peeved by the kind of traffic delays that will result.

"Stay away from it," Mayor Rob Ford said when speaking with reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

The mayor said members of the public should check out the list of major projects the city has planned, so they can make decisions about how to make their trips around the city.

Citing his own experience, Ford said that when he knows there is being work done around his house, he plans accordingly and takes an alternative route.

"It might take me maybe five or 10 minutes longer to get from Point A to Point B, but I’d rather take a longer route than be stuck in traffic," Ford said.

"So, just try to avoid the roads that are being worked on."

Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong told reporters the city is spending $155 million through its state-of-good-repair program and an additional $15 million for work on major roads.

Minnan-Wong, who is the chair of the city’s public works and infrastructure committee, said the repairs are needed and the money is being well spent.

"There's a significant amount of work and that’s a good thing," Minnan-Wong said when speaking to reporters alongside the mayor on Tuesday.

"The work will go a long way to keeping our roads and bridges in a state of good repair."

Minnan-Wong said the city estimates that 100 kilometres of city roads will have resurfacing work this year.

The following streets will undergo road resurfacing:

- Albion Road from Steeles Avenue West to Highway 27.

- Keele Street from Falstaff Avenue to Arrowsmith Avenue.

- Leslie Street between York Mills Road and Lawrence Avenue East, as well as between Steeles Avenue East and Finch Avenue East.

- Wilson Avenue from Allard Avenue to Avenue Road.

- Kennedy Road from the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church to Finch Avenue East.

- Lawrence Avenue East from McCowan Road to Markham Road.

- Bloor Street West from Lansdowne Avenue to Bathurst Street.

The following streets will undergo road reconstruction:

- Dufferin Street from Dundas Street West to Peel Avenue.

- Davenport Road from McAlpine Street to Yonge Street.

- Bay Street from Davenport Road to Bloor Street West.

- Yorkville Avenue from Bay Street to Yonge Street.

A section of Kingston Road between Queen Street East and Birchmount Road will undergo both road reconstruction and resurfacing.

Ford and Minnan-Wong spoke to reporters alongside a part of Kingston Road that will be worked on.

But local resident Wally Walz said the work was coming "about five years too late," given the state of the street.

"Because Kingston Road, it’s been messed up for years," Walz said Tuesday, blaming a combination of heavy truck and bus traffic for the current condition of the road.

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