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Sheppard Avenue to re-open on May 19

TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/ - Sheppard Avenue, at Senlac Road, will re-open to traffic sooner than originally anticipated after a watermain break created a sinkhole and forced the closure of the road on April 26, 2006.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, all lanes of traffic, in both directions are scheduled to re-open Friday, May 19 during the afternoon. Pedestrians will also be able to access sidewalks at the same time.

“We are pleased to be able to open Sheppard Avenue earlier than we expected,” said Gary Welsh, General Manager, Transportation Services, City of Toronto. Welsh added that the co-operation of three city divisions, Transportation Services, Toronto Water and Technical Services, is one of the main reasons that the road is opening sooner.

“Toronto Water was responsible for discovering and fixing the watermain break quickly and that allowed us to get a contractor on site to begin the repairs within 24 hours of the incident,” said Councillor Shelley Carroll, Chair of the City’s Works Committee. “I want to commend our staff for their quick response, effective communication, and swift action to make the necessary repairs. This is good news for the long weekend.”

The sinkhole was approximately 10 metres wide (30 to 35 feet) and caused damage to the road, sidewalk and a nearby bridge. The cost to repair the damage is estimated at $2 million.

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