Don Valley Parkway closed this weekend for annual spring maintenance|
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The City of Toronto's Transportation Services division will be performing maintenance activities on the Don Valley Parkway from April 21 to 24. A full closure of the Don Valley Parkway is required for the safety of the public and the workers.
The Don Valley Parkway will be closed in both directions between Highway 401/404 and the Gardiner Expressway from 11 p.m. on Friday, April 21 to 5 a.m. on Monday, April 24.
Specific activities that will be undertaken during this closure:
• resurfacing 14.3 lane kilometres of roadway
• patching asphalt surfaces, including crack sealing
• non-structural inspection of 32 bridges and chipping if required
• structural inspection of 17 bridges
• flushing of 38 bridge joints
• cleaning and repair of 600 catch basins and flushing and inspection of culverts
• shoulder re-grading to restore drainage at several locations
• sign maintenance for entire length of roadway
• maintenance of 16 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras
• inspection and maintenance of 27 equipment cabinets
• inspection and repair of 30 overhead signs
• installation of 31 exit numbering signs
• repairs on RESCU vehicle detectors
• guiderail repair involving about 850 metres of guiderail
• sweeping operations and debris removal
• inspection and repair of streetlights
• repair of the wall at Lawrence bridge
• graffiti removal
• pavement markings, and
• pothole repairs.
Don Mills Road, Bayview Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue and Kingston Road are four alternative routes for motorists during the weekend closure. Whenever possible, people are encouraged to consider using public transit as a convenient alternative to driving.
In addition, there will be temporary parking restrictions in place on Broadview Avenue. From 10 a.m. on Friday, April 21 to 5 a.m. on Monday, April 24, there will be no parking and no standing restrictions in place on Broadview Avenue north from Danforth Avenue to Pape Avenue and O'Connor Drive. This pilot project is being done to help traffic travel more effectively in this area during the closure.
The City will implement timing changes to traffic signals to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes, co-ordinate other construction work to prevent major work taking place along parallel routes and provide real-time traffic information on the City's overhead signs to mitigate traffic congestion resulting from the closure.
Motorists who would normally use the Don Valley Parkway should, however, allow extra time to get to and from their destinations during the closure.
The City has a web-based map to help residents and visitors make their travel plans, at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions. In addition, the City's T.O. INview map shows planned capital construction work taking place across the city, at http://www.toronto.ca/inview.
This work is part of the City's comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto's roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.
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