Q. Can the City have construction work done 24/7 to speed up all construction projects?
A. There are noise By-laws across the city that prevent construction work from taking place in residential neighbourhoods after 7 p.m. The City has to balance the desire to complete work quickly with the interests of people living nearby who would be impacted by construction taking place late into the evening or overnight.
Even when neighbouring residents would not be affected by construction after 7:00 p.m., the City must also consider the additional cost. There can be a significant cost premium to work extra hours meaning that fewer projects might be completed for the same amount of money.
Having said that, the City is looking at ways of extending work hours on a select number of construction projects to help reduce traffic congestion
Q. What efforts does the City do to coordinate construction work?
A. Five years ago, the City established the Major Capital Infrastructure Coordination (MCIC) division that acts as a coordinating body for all groups – not just city agencies – that perform construction work in the city. MCIC connects with all groups (the City's divisions, utilities, transit and transportation agencies, and others) to make sure that construction projects are coordinated and that all agencies are aware of what other organizations are doing. This coordination often enables the work of different groups to be bundled together, avoiding having one organization going back to the same street and tearing it up again.
In addition, Mayor John Tory established and chairs the Road Closure Coordination Committee. Comprised of stakeholders including utility companies, TTC and city staff in charge of various divisions such as Transportation Services and Engineering and Construction Services, the group meets monthly to review road closure activity and ensure that every effort is being made to coordinate all road closures in the city.
For more information on the city's efforts to coordinate construction activity, click here.
Q. Is the City responsible for all the work taking place on city streets?
A. While a significant amount of work is completed by the City such as underground construction on watermains and sewers, work on the surface involving construction of roads and sidewalks, and above-ground work on traffic signals, a large amount of work is non-City work and is completed by utilities and telecom companies. Because those organizations share the roadway with the City, their work can often lead to the temporary closure of lanes of traffic.
The City makes every effort to manage the timing of non-City construction, but it cannot prevent that work from taking place. Therefore, the City works closely with those organizations to encourage them to stage or bundle their work with other construction that is planned in the same location.
While a significant amount of work is completed by the City such as underground construction on water-mains and sewers, work on the surface involving construction of roads and sidewalks, and above-ground work on traffic signals, a large amount of work is non-City work and is completed by utilities and telecom companies. Because those organizations share the roadway with the City, their work can often lead to the temporary closure of lanes of traffic.
Q. What steps is the city taking to coordinate traffic lights so that they turn green, one right after another?
A. It would be ideal if every vehicle entering the roads system could proceed through the system without stopping. This is not possible, even in well-spaced, well-designed systems. After all, if it was green for traffic in one direction only, traffic in the other directions would be constantly stopped!
The traffic signals on city roadways are generally synchronized or coordinated to minimize stops and delays on the main roads. In other words, the City tries to provide smooth movement of the traffic through groups of signals on our streets. The degree or quality of traffic signal co-ordination is influenced by a number of factors including the spacing of the signals along the street, the prevailing speed of traffic on the street, and the traffic signal cycle length.
The goal of signal co-ordination is to get the greatest number of vehicles through the system with the fewest stops in a comfortable manner while balancing the needs of pedestrians and vehicles travelling on cross streets.
Q. How do I find out if the City or a utility company will be doing work around my neighbourhood?
A. The City of Toronto has a mapping portal called T.O. INview which displays locations and details of planned capital infrastructure projects scheduled for construction in Toronto. The side includes different types of construction information from Transportation Services, Toronto Water, City Planning, transit authorities and utility companies. For more information on T.O INview click here.
Q. How can I get an off-leash dog park in Ward 3?
A. Residents interesting in establishing an off-leash area in their neighbourhood are request to take the following stops.
- Establish a local dog owners’ association – this group must have a minimum of 2 members who will represent the association by providing their names and contact information to Parks, Forestry and Recreation and agree to carry on-going communication between the City of Toronto and local residents including dog owners.
- Submit a request in writing to Parks, Forestry and Recreation with the following information:
- Neighbourhood where the need for an off-leash area exists – please include Ward, neighbourhood name and major intersections. For more information regarding Toronto’s neighbourhoods
- Suggested park(s) within the neighbourhood and location(s) within the park(s)
- Names, mailing addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of the 2 key contacts
Requests may be submitted by mail to:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Toronto City Hall, 4th Floor, West Tower
100 Queen Street West