Close to Half Find Construction Downtown an Inconvenience

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Close to Half Find Construction Downtown an Inconvenience

Continuous construction difficult to get around, weekend closures seen

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 757 Toronto voters, close to half say “continuous construction downtown makes it difficult to get around” (45%), whereas fewer than a quarter take the position that “continuous construction downtown is a sign the city is thriving” (23%). One quarter say construction downtown doesn’t affect them (26%).

Three quarters disagree with long term traffic and sidewalk closures

Three quarters of Toronto voters disagree contractors and developers should be able to close off traffic lanes and sidewalks for long term projects (76%), while only about one sixth agree they should be allowed to do this (15%).

One half say closures should not exceed a weekend at most

One half of voters (51%) say traffic and sidewalk closures should be allowed to last for a day or less (16%) or a weekend (35%). A further 3-in-10 think a week or two is appropriate (29%).

“Torontonians are as fed up as Mayor Tory is with these constant lane closures and sidewalk diversions. One has to ask, will Toronto ever be finished?" said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.