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May 18, 2016
Extensive repairs completed on Gardiner Expressway to get ready for summer driving season
Last weekend's closure of the Gardiner Expressway enabled the City of Toronto to complete a significant amount of work in advance of the spring/summer season.

Work that was completed included:
• demolition of the Dowling Avenue bridge spanning the Gardiner Expressway
• 7,900 square metres of road-surface grinding, and paving on 2.1 lane kilometres of roadway
• 8,700 metres of cracks sealed
• 650 potholes filled
• 1,300 square metres of bridge deck repaired
• 690 metres of guiderail installed
• seven crash systems repaired
• 430 tonnes of debris removed
• more than 150 curb-kilometres of roadway flushed and swept
• 860 catch basins cleaned and flushed
• 520 trees pruned
• seven hectares of grass cut
• 17 tonnes of logs and wood chipped
• 35 bridges inspected, five of them chipped as a result of inspection
• 500 street lights re-lamped, 200 metres of conductor replaced and 50 new street light fixtures installed
• 467 signs, including overhead signs, inspected, maintained and repaired
• 800 glare shields installed
• 133,000 metres of line painting installed
• 11 variable message sign sites assessed
• 28 culverts inspected
• 15 other structures inspected, and
• 20 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras inspected.

The City's Transportation Services, Engineering and Construction Services, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Solid Waste Management Services and Toronto Water, along with Toronto Hydro, worked together to co-ordinate their work and operations over the weekend to improve efficiency and to minimize disruption.

The City appreciated the public's co-operation during the weekend closure of the Gardiner Expressway, which was required to keep the parkway in a safe, operable condition for the 160,000 to 180,000 motorists who use it on a daily basis.

This work was 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.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Steve Johnston
Strategic Communications



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