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April 12, 2001
Major dismantling work completed on Gardiner East project
  
Works and Emergency Services -- The major dismantling work along the eastern
segment of the Gardiner Expressway is now completed.

"It's the end of an era," said Barry Gutteridge, Commissioner of the City's
Works and Emergency Services Department. "It's the beginning of a new chapter
of Toronto's history in this area of the city."

With the 1,400 metres of elevated expressway now dismantled, work will begin to
reconstruct both east and westbound Lake Shore Boulevard, and the other half of
the on/off ramp will be built to connect Lake Shore Boulevard West with the
Gardiner Expressway.

"We have completed the most difficult and challenging part of the work,"
Gutteridge said. "We've worked co-operatively with representatives of the film
industry and other stakeholders in the area and we look forward to continuing
these relationships throughout the remainder of this project."

East and westbound Lake Shore Boulevard will remain closed in the project area.
Traffic will be detoured along Commissioners Street in both directions from
Leslie Street to the Don Roadway. Access to and from the Gardiner will continue
from the new ramp located at the south lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard.

Toronto City Council approved the dismantling project in 1999. The project is
expected to be completed by mid-June 2002.


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