November 18, 2010
Mayor, councillors welcome realignment of Dufferin Street and an end to the Dufferin Jog
Mayor David Miller joined Councillors Adam Giambrone (Ward 18 Davenport) and Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park) today to officially open a stretch of Dufferin Street from south of Queen Street to north of Peel Avenue, which results in the elimination of the Dufferin Jog.
This significant transportation project is expected to improve traffic flow in the area and create other economic and social benefits. The elimination of the Dufferin Jog is one of the City’s largest infrastructure projects, with a budget of approximately $40 million.
“In addition to improving traffic flow, the realignment of Dufferin Street helps to link this community together and provides much needed infrastructure improvements and benefits to the local economy,” said Mayor David Miller.
The construction work features an underpass that now connects Dufferin Street from south of Queen Street to north of Peel Avenue. The streetscape in the area will be significantly enhanced with public art along the walls of the tunnel and parkland has been created at the northwest intersection of Queen Street and Dufferin Street.
“I am extremely pleased to see the opening of this section of Dufferin Street,” said Councillor Giambrone. “Toronto Council has succeeded at making possible a major infrastructure investment that west end residents have been requesting for decades.”
“This is a tremendous development for the residents in this area, who have been waiting for this work to take place for some time,” said Councillor Gord Perks. “This project has meant enhancements to the community through an improved pedestrian environment, bike lanes and parkland.”
This project is part of the City’s $250 million road construction projects and initiatives that was announced by Mayor Miller in March. In addition, about $80 million will be spent city-wide on other work including road work in conjunction with watermain and sewer replacement and public realm initiatives.
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