Ryerson is investing more green into that yellow road–a lot more green. $170,000 to be exact.
This summer, the university spent $25,000 to coat Gould and Victoria Streets in blue and yellow.
But the streets, already chipped and faded, were professionally cleaned last Friday in preparation for a the new paint job that began today.
The original paint job was done to cover up summer road construction, said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy.
The new paint being applied is a more durable epoxy paint and will not erode or collect dirt as quickly, Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president of administration and finance, told The Ryersonian. It will take about a month to complete the project.
It’s the same type of paint used in New York City’s Times Square, she said.
Mark Bain, an epoxy paint professional working on the project, said they are painting a river on Gould and Victoria Streets to reflect an underground river than once ran below the surface.
Bain didn’t name the river, but according to Lost River Walks, a website about unknown rivers, Moss Park Creek ran on Ryerson campus grounds before the university existed.
Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president of administration and finance, did not confirm if the university commissioned a river design.
Bain and his crew members have started painting waves of water in a softer shade of baby blue, but Bain says the school colours will also be incorporated.
Bain said they’ll likely apply two coats of paint, and estimated it will take a month to complete depending on the weather.
The $195,000 spent on hiding imperfections is about the equivalent cost of putting six Ryerson students through four years of university.
Though this paint will be more permanent, it’s not the end of the road. Hanigsberg said the university hopes to work with the city to possibly repave the road in the future.
–with files from May Warren