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New utility work restrictions aim to improve traffic flow in downtown Toronto

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Mayor John Tory says non-emergency utility work will not be permitted on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. in a section of the downtown core. As Jamie Mauracher explains, one city councillor says they are shocked there was no consultation process – Mar 21, 2018

Toronto is implementing restrictions on utility work in an effort to improve traffic flow in the downtown core.

Mayor John Tory says non-emergency work won’t be allowed weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. in a four-square-kilometre area of downtown.

Work can be done in parking lanes between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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Tory says outside of the designated area and parking lanes, workers can only do maintenance in the “off-peak direction” only as determined by city staff.

He says the policy also applies to all subcontractors working on behalf of utility companies.

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