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City to launch pilot to enhance safety and mobility around construction hot spots

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release

November 15, 2019

City to launch pilot to enhance safety and mobility around construction hot spots

On December 2, the City of Toronto will launch a new pilot project to reduce the impacts of construction, improve road safety and keep traffic moving around “construction hubs” – areas in the city with a dense concentration of construction activity.

The Construction Hub Coordination Pilot is intended to minimize disruption to road users by engaging public and private sector contractors to ensure safety, manage parking and loading to improve accessibility and work with businesses and communities to forecast and limit construction-related disturbances.

The one-year pilot will launch at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, a high-growth area in the city with multiple construction projects happening near each other in addition to a history of pedestrian fatalities. The pilot will conclude in December 2020.

An on-the-ground “hub coordinator” will conduct logistical planning of the right-of-way, review construction management plans, connect travellers with real-time information, collaborate with enforcement officers and communicate impacts and changes to businesses and communities in the neighbourhood.

With 120 cranes at work, Toronto has the largest number of major construction projects underway among the 13 largest cities in North America.

Based on the pilot’s performance, City staff will seek to establish a Construction Hub Coordination Program that would include more construction hubs in the city.

A similar program started in Seattle in 2016 has to date saved 200 days of construction, $15.5 million, and the equivalent 1,600 tonnes of CO2 carbon equivalent.

More information about the Construction Hub Coordination Pilot is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/streets-parking-transportation/road-safety/construction-hub-coordination-pilot/.

The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a comprehensive action plan that aims to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. With more than 50 safety measures across six emphasis areas, the plan prioritizes the safety of our most vulnerable road users: pedestrians, schoolchildren, seniors and cyclists. More information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/VisionZero.

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“There is no question that construction in Toronto is growing and that we need to work together to proactively reduce its cumulative impact on communities and businesses. I’m confident the Construction Hub Coordination Pilot at Yonge and Eglinton will help make a difference in the lives of residents and result in successes that we can replicate elsewhere in the city.”
-Mayor John Tory

“Our ultimate objective is to make our streets safer and accessible during heavy construction activity. This pilot will not only see construction across different work zones better managed, but it will also systemically identify mobility challenges and come up with innovative ways to solve them.”
– Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 6 York Centre), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee

“This pilot will not only benefit the residents of Yonge-Eglinton, but all Torontonians once it’s expanded to more locations around the city. This is a vital initiative that will hopefully see public agencies and private companies cooperate to improve safety, reduce impacts on the public, save money, and better maintain our infrastructure.”
– Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 15 Don Valley West), Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

“This pilot is focussed on providing thoughtful coordination and an all-hands-on-deck approach to addressing the perfect storm of construction in our Yonge and Eglinton area. I’m hopeful that this initiative will improve the safety of local residents while reducing the cumulative impacts of the unprecedented disruption to our Midtown community.”
– Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 12 Toronto-St. Paul’s)

“Everyone who lives and works in the Yonge and Eglinton area welcomes a coordinated effort to safely manage the complex construction traffic challenges that are faced every day in this most construction-congested area of our city.”
– Councillor Mike Colle (Ward 8 Eglinton-Lawrence)

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Media contact:
Hakeem Muhammad, Strategic Communications, 416-338-5536, Hakeem.Muhammad@toronto.ca

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