WATCH: Bloor viaduct "luminous veil" to cost millions more than projected

The original estimate was $1.8-million. Realistically, city staff now estimate it will be $4.7-million.

Despite a skeptical public, 10 projects underway in Toronto for next year's Pan Am Games are either on budget or under budget, except one.

The plan to light up the Bloor Viaduct with a cascade of changing colours and patterns called the "Luminous Veil" is going to cost millions more than projected, unless the city calls it off.

The original estimate was $1.8-million. Realistically, city staff now estimate it will be $4.7-million.

WATCH: Newstalk 1010's Russ Courtney reports

LISTEN: Newstalk 1010's Russ Courtney gets your reaction.

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  1. Peter posted on 06/25/2014 09:16 AM
    "Definitely a good idea" , except for the price. Computer controlled
    LED lighting has great potential. It's something already proven
    wonderful at Olympic Games ceremonies.

    As others have said, it's not the contractors who are to blame for
    increased costs.

    It's usually the purchasing group who change things in mid stream
    with added obstacles and backward actions, and miscommunication.

    Mayor Rob Ford should be able to straighten this out easily when
    he gets back.

    Thank you NewsTalk 1010
    1. Mark7 posted on 06/25/2014 10:53 AM
      @Peter Are you kidding us?! A COMPLETE waste of money much like the Pan Am Games always are for the host. All this for frivolous sports? Sigh, but the world has lost its priorities long ago.
  2. DavidW_8846 posted on 06/25/2014 09:30 AM
    If we have nothing more important to do with the money, then the city is a lot better off than I thought.
  3. don was right posted on 06/25/2014 10:33 AM
    what a bloody waste of money. Gravy. Where is RoFo when you need him?
    1. Mark7 posted on 06/25/2014 10:54 AM
      @don was right So agreed. We need Rob Ford back right now. Thumbs up.
    2. Peter posted on 06/25/2014 11:31 AM
      @don was right Don, you are pretty correct. But these lights are worth it as it's
      not just for the games, but a permanent fixture, that will will be awesome for the city.

      What RoFo will do is straighten out the spending on it. Probably, not
      by surprise have it come in at under 1 million once RoFo gets thru with everyone.
      That's well worth it !

      Good going Mayor Ford.
    3. tanjo posted on 06/25/2014 03:30 PM
      @Peter City council will discuss it and make a decision. Believe it or not they do have more than one fiscal conservative down there.

      Rob Ford will do what he usually does. Whine about it say it shouldn't be happening, then take credit for the decision if they vote it down, or whine about this is what happens when he is away if they keep it. He will be pretty much irrelevant as far as the decision goes.

      Keep in mind that the cost escalated under his watch.
    4. Sammy from Scarborough posted on 06/25/2014 05:12 PM
      @tanjo Finally ... a sensible and accurate comment.
      Thank you, Tanjo.
  4. Frankie posted on 06/25/2014 11:57 AM
    Complete waste of money just like the Pan Am games. No one gives a hoot about those games and they will be poorly attended and long forgotten, however the billions spent won't be. Just another Liberal and Toronto City Council boondoggle.

    Didn't realize we're all so rich we can afford to waste this money.
  5. frank posted on 06/25/2014 12:59 PM
    Everyone knows tht lighting is extremely inexpense. How about $400,000?
  6. dama posted on 06/25/2014 02:27 PM
    I am going to be blunt and evil.. who ever thought of this,, should be shown the door RIGHt NOW unless he/she wants to pay for it ...

    4.6 million dollars to light up the viaduct !!!! hello 4.6 millions can be used for infrastructure since every mayoralty candidates are talking about that..

    where is Olivia Chow and John Tory and Karen Stintz.. no words about this spending from them !!!!

    For Olivia Chow,, that 4.6 million , she can ipoen up day care centers for her children and breakfast programs..

    I dont care if it is for the Pam Am game.. total STUPID idea and where is the energy conservationists when you need them ?? ..
  7. tanjo posted on 06/25/2014 03:24 PM
    Unless they are holding an event, or have a public venue in the valley near the bridge, then I don't see why they are doing this at any cost. It is just a distraction to drivers.
  8. Doug Ford posted on 06/25/2014 04:31 PM
    Friends, when my brother Rob returns next week, he promises to turn off all of the lights in our great city of Toronto. He believes that all citizens should live in the dark ages like he does and it will keep those pinko cyclists off our streets at night.

    He adds that it will be impossible to take new videos of him on the streets in a drunken stupor in the dark so he'll look good coming home from the cottage. Sadly he won't be able to attend any functions in America, but he says that if they need another urine test to let him in he'll piss on the American Consulate on University. That will teach that black Kenyan about how us Fords do things up here.

    Rob will be back to lead us out of this mess which happened on his watch but he was just too stoned to notice.

    God Bless Toronto


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