Item - 2015.PW1.3

Tracking Status

PW1.3 - Managing Traffic Disruption on City-Led Construction Projects

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on February 10 and 11, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services, to use an extended construction work hours schedule for City-led construction projects, where appropriate, and after consultation with the local councillor(s), by road type as follows:

 

a.         24 hour - 7 days per week for:           

 

i.          expressways;

 

ii.         major roads where the work is not in close proximity to residential neighbourhoods; and

 

iii.        major roads where the project would be significantly disruptive to TTC streetcar service;

 

b.         overnight work for:

 

i.          major roads where the work is not in close proximity to residential neighbourhoods, the project allows the road to remain open and free of work during the day, where overnight work will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 a.m. six days per week; and

 

c.         extended daily work hours for:

 

i.          major roads between 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday; and

 

ii.         local roads between 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

 

2.         City Council authorize the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services to report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the first quarter of 2016, on the outcome of various measures to mitigate traffic disruption implemented for 2015 construction projects, including:

 

a.         a summary of the net reduction in the duration of construction;

 

b.         capital cost impacts;

 

c.         operational issues which may have surfaced;

 

d.         traffic impact analysis; and

 

e.         recommendations of schedule options for future construction projects.

 

3.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services, in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services, the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management and the City Solicitor, to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the second quarter of 2015 on the construction contract terms and conditions which may provide contractors working within the municipal rights-of-way with incentives to complete projects early and/or additional financial penalties for causing delays in the completion of construction projects.

 

4.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services, the General Manager, Transportation Services, the General Manager, Toronto Water and the Director, Strategic Communications, to develop and implement an integrated public awareness and education program to inform the public about ways in which they can learn about the location and timing of construction and options they can take to minimize the effects of that disruption; and City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on a detailed communication strategy by the third quarter of 2015, including an update on the new comprehensive policy/guideline for ensuring the protection of cyclists in construction areas.

 

5.         City Council direct staff to:

 

a.         issue a general complaint to the Province of Ontario – Ministry of Consumer Services regarding the non-compliance under the Underground Infrastructure Notification Systems Act by utility companies and the associated protracted delays in securing utility locates for City-led construction projects;

 

b.         request the Province to provide information on when/how compliance will be met to assist City staff in mitigating construction-related traffic disruption; and

 

c.         communicate to the Province of Ontario a request to mandate that utility companies operating with the City of Toronto form a Locate Alliance Consortia (LAC) wherein a single service provider would be engaged to provide utility locates on behalf of all member utility companies.

 

6.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services, in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the second quarter of 2015 on the use of:

 

a.         Traffic Management Plans;

 

b.         Street Occupancy Approvals; and

 

c.         Portable Traffic Cameras.

Background Information (Committee)

(December 16, 2014) Report from the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services on Managing Traffic Disruption on City-Led Construction Projects
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-74394.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(January 4, 2015) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.1.3.1)
(January 4, 2015) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.1.3.2)
(January 5, 2015) E-mail from Grant Humes, Executive Director, Toronto Financial District BIA (PW.New.1.3.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-50564.pdf
(January 5, 2015) E-mail from Maureen Sirois, Chair, The Eglinton Way BIA (PW.New.1.3.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-50565.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(January 26, 2015) Submission from Andy Manahan, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario - article from the Daily Commercial News (CC.Main.PW1.3.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/comm/communicationfile-50823.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Feb-11-2015 9:46 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW1.3 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 29 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 16 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, John Tory

PW1.3 - Managing Traffic Disruption on City-Led Construction Projects

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services, to use an extended construction work hours schedule for City-led construction projects, where appropriate, and after consultation with the local councillor/s, by road type as follows:

 

a.         24 hour - 7 days per week for:           

 

i.          expressways;

 

ii.         major roads where the work is not in close proximity to residential neighbourhoods; and

 

iii.        major roads where the project would be significantly disruptive to TTC streetcar service;

 

b.         overnight work for:

 

i.          major roads where the work is not in close proximity to residential neighbourhoods, the project allows the road to remain open and free of work during the day, where overnight work will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 a.m. six days per week;

 

c.         extended daily work hours for:

 

i.          major roads between 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday; and

 

ii.         local roads between 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

 

2.         City Council authorize the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services to report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the first quarter of 2016, on the outcome of various measures to mitigate traffic disruption implemented for 2015 construction projects, including:

 

a.         a summary of the net reduction in the duration of construction;

 

b.         capital cost impacts;

 

c.         operational issues which may have surfaced;

 

d.         traffic impact analysis; and

 

e.         recommendations of schedule options for future construction projects.

 

3.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services, in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services, the Director of Purchasing and Material Management and the City Solicitor to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the second quarter of 2015 on the construction contract terms and conditions which may provide contractors working within the municipal rights-of-way with incentives to complete projects early and/or additional financial penalties for causing delays in the completion of construction projects.

 

4.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services, the General Manager, Transportation Services, the General Manager, Toronto Water and the Director, Strategic Communications, to develop and implement an integrated public awareness and education program to inform the public about ways in which they can learn about the location and timing of construction and options they can take to minimize the effects of that disruption; that the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services be requested to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on a detailed communication strategy by the third quarter of 2015, including an update on the new comprehensive policy/guideline for ensuring the protection of cyclists in construction areas.

 

5.         City Council direct staff to:

 

a.         issue a general complaint to the Province of Ontario – Ministry of Consumer Services regarding the non-compliance under the Underground Infrastructure Notification Systems Act by utility companies and the associated protracted delays in securing utility locates for City-led construction projects;

 

b.         request the Province to provide information on when/how compliance will be met to assist City staff in mitigating construction-related traffic disruption; and

 

c.         communicate to the Province of Ontario a request to mandate that utility companies operating with the City of Toronto form a Locate Alliance Consortia (LAC) wherein a single service provider would be engaged to provide utility locates on behalf of all member utility companies.

 

6.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services, in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the second quarter of 2015 on the use of:

 

a.         Traffic Management Plans;

 

b.         Street Occupancy Approvals; and,

 

c.         Portable Traffic Cameras.

Origin

(December 16, 2014) Report from the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services

Summary

The construction of sewers, watermains and roads is disruptive to traffic operations because it typically occupies road lanes. When this work is undertaken on major roads with high volumes of vehicular traffic, cyclists, pedestrians and commercial operations the disruption can be significant.

 

A series of proposed measures are outlined below and in greater detail in this report with the sole purpose of reducing traffic disruption on City-led construction projects within the municipal right-of-way.

 

The proposed measures include: 

  • extending construction working hours to shorten project duration;
  • improving public awareness and education about City-led construction projects;
  • exploring the use of incentive-based contracts in construction contracts;
  • improving work zone management; and
  • working to improve the utility locate process with utility companies and the Province of Ontario – Ministry of Consumer Services.

Background Information

(December 16, 2014) Report from the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services on Managing Traffic Disruption on City-Led Construction Projects
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-74394.pdf

Communications

(January 4, 2015) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.1.3.1)
(January 4, 2015) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.1.3.2)
(January 5, 2015) E-mail from Grant Humes, Executive Director, Toronto Financial District BIA (PW.New.1.3.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-50564.pdf
(January 5, 2015) E-mail from Maureen Sirois, Chair, The Eglinton Way BIA (PW.New.1.3.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-50565.pdf

Speakers

Miroslav Glavic
Andy Manahan, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario
Jared Kolb, Executive Director, Cycle Toronto
Kevin Currie, Chairman, Waterfront BIA
Councillor Janet Davis

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)

That Recommendation 4 be amended to add the following words at the end of the Recommendation:

 

"that the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B and Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services be requested to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on a detailed communication strategy by the third quarter of 2015, including an update on the new comprehensive policy/guideline for ensuring the protection of cyclists in construction areas".


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Carried)

That the Public Works and Infrastructure add the following new Recommendation 6:

 

6. City Council direct the Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services, in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the second quarter of 2015 on the use of:

 

a. Traffic Management Plans;
b. Street Occupancy Approvals; and,
c. Portable Traffic Cameras.

 


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council