The City of London announced that its Renew Construction Program is investing over $200 million to build new roads, bridges and underpasses and rehabilitate existing infrastructure, while installing new traffic signals to enhance safety and mobility.

“This is another busy year for construction in London as we are constructing a wide range of projects, including new roads, bridges, roundabouts, pathways and bus and bike lanes. These projects are key to supporting our growing population, making sure London is sustainable and ready for the future, and making it safer for people to get around – no matter how they travel,” said Jennie Dann, director of Construction and Infrastructure Services.

“It’s also another year of major projects in the core area and our top priorities are supporting businesses and residents throughout construction, and making sure Londoners know how to reach work, home, and their favourite destinations in the core. By prioritizing three phases of rapid transit in the core area – Downtown Loop Phase 3, East London Link Phase 2 and Wellington Gateway Phase 1 – the City is aiming to have much less construction downtown in 2024 and completing all the essential rapid transit work in the central business area by 2025.”

Beyond road work

The City will continue to focus on active transportation connections in 2023, by expanding its cycling network and adding more pedestrian facilities and multi-use pathways.

Underground, new sewers will be installed to replace century-old infrastructure, improve resiliency to the effects of climate change, and support development and generations to come.

Top ten projects

London’s top ten construction projects are selected each year to provide an overview of the projects that have the largest benefits, impacts and scope of work. This year, the top ten list involve three rapid transit projects, the Adelaide Underpass; intersection improvements at Fanshawe Park Road and Richmond Street, and at Colonel Talbot and Southdale Road, and road improvements in other areas across the city.

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The 2023 London’s Renew Construction Program aims to:

  • reconstruct 80 lane-kilometres of road,
  • add or replace 20 kilometres of sanitary and storm sewers,
  • rebuild 12 kilometres of watermain, and
  • construct 25 intersection improvements to enhance safety in growing areas.

Active transportation connections will be built to improve safety, connectivity and accessibility while supporting the Climate Emergency Action Plan. More than 16 kilometres of new bike lanes and 14 kilometres of new sidewalk will be added, and about 26 kilometres of existing sidewalk will be replaced.

Featured image: Design rendering of Southdale/Colonel Talbot roundabout, looking southeast. (City of London)

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