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Metro Toronto Roads and Transportation

Metro Toronto Roads and Traffic (later Metro Transportation) was a department within the former Regional Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto.

The department was responsible for maintaining major arterial roads, bridges and local freeways systems (Gardiner Expressway, Don Valley Parkway and W.R. Allen Road) in Metropolitan Toronto and all traffic signal-controlled intersections.

The department did have influence over the design of the city. One example is the width of Yonge Street. When the Toronto Eaton Centre was built, it was setback from the street as to allow the possibility of a future lane of traffic[citation needed]. It wasn't until the late 1990s that the mall was allowed to expand out towards Yonge.

Metro Toronto Roads and Traffic bronze plaques are found on bridges throughout Toronto, but some are being replaced with City of Toronto signs as they are refurbished by Toronto Transportation.

Metro Roads

Most major roads in Toronto were under the authority of Metro Roads and Traffic and a few expressways:


Other tasks assigned to Metro Roads:

  • snow removal on Metro Toronto managed roads including use of 5 Trecan Metromelters
  • road repair on Metro Toronto managed roads and bridges

Post amalgamation

The department merged with local departments in 1998 under Toronto Transportation, which now handles both major arterial and minor local roads across the city. Some vehicles bearing Metro Toronto Roads and Traffic symbols can still be found in the city, but they will disappear once they are retired or repainted.