Toronto to launch pilot to enhance safety and mobility
Nov. 15, 2019
Global Korean Post
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.