Changes to accommodate weekend traffic during Gardiner closure|
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Changes have been made to accommodate traffic during the closure of the Gardiner Expressway this weekend.
The closure will now begin on Saturday, April 22 at 2 a.m. instead of Friday, April 21 at 11 p.m. to accommodate traffic leaving the downtown core. The closure, which covers both directions of the Gardiner Expressway from the Humber River to Carlaw Avenue, will continue until Monday, April 24 at 5 a.m. for annual maintenance and road work.
To accommodate traffic leaving the downtown area on Saturday night, the westbound lanes of the Gardiner Expressway will be re-opened at the completion of work that evening (approximately 10 p.m.). The westbound lanes of the road will remain open until 5 a.m. on Sunday morning when they will be closed.
“There is also the possibility that the entire road could be re-opened earlier than 5 a.m. on Monday morning,” said Steve Kemp, Senior Traffic Engineer, Transportation Services. “If the weather co-operates and we can get the work done sooner, we are hopeful that we can re-open the Gardiner as early as Sunday afternoon.”
During the closure, specific work that will be undertaken includes:
- asphalt grinding and paving at various locations
- expressway lighting work
- catch basin cleaning (required to ensure proper drainage)
- traffic camera maintenance
- sign maintenance
- repairs to guide rails and the centre median
- expressway sweeping operations
- construction of footings for new Changeable Message Sign (CMS) in the westbound direction - west of Jameson Avenue.
“This is important work that needs to be done to maintain safe travel conditions on the Gardiner Expressway,” said Gary Welsh, General Manager, Transportation Services. “By undertaking this work during a full closure on the weekend, we can avoid having the Gardiner Expressway closed on multiple occasions during weekday periods.”
To access the downtown area, here are some alternate routes that can be used:
- from the west, exit the Gardiner Expressway at the Lake Shore Boulevard off-ramp and use Lake Shore Boulevard
- from the east, stay on Lake Shore Boulevard past the Carlaw Street on-ramp and use Lake Shore Boulevard
- from the north, exit the Don Valley Parkway at Bayview/Bloor, Richmond Street or Lake Shore Boulevard.
Motorists are advised to allow for additional time to arrive at their destination when using these alternative routes. Whenever possible, the public is encouraged to consider using public transit as a convenient alternative.
For further information about other closures check with Transportation Services’ Road Info line at 416-599-9090 or visit the City’s website at http://www.toronto.ca/transportation.