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September 5, 2007
Gardiner closure this weekend for annual maintenance and repair work
The City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division will be performing a number of maintenance activities on the Gardiner Expressway this weekend. In order to undertake this work safely, a full closure of the Gardiner Expressway is required.

The westbound Gardiner Expressway will be closed from Carlaw Ave. to the Humber River from Saturday, September 8 at 2 a.m. to Monday, September 10 at 5 a.m. The eastbound Gardiner will be closed from the Humber River to Carlaw Ave. from Sunday, September 9 at 2 a.m. to Monday, September 10 at 5 a.m.

Specific activities that will be undertaken during this closure include:
- road resurfacing on the westbound Gardiner between York St. and Spadina Ave.
- 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.

“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. “With exciting events such as the Toronto International Film Festival taking place in Toronto this weekend, residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these activities, and wherever possible, to use public transit to get to and from their destinations.”

The following are alternate routes that can be used to access the downtown area:
- From the west, exit the Gardiner Expressway at the Lake Shore Blvd. off-ramp and use Lake Shore Blvd.
- From the east, stay on Lake Shore Blvd. past the Carlaw St. on-ramp and use Lake Shore Blvd.
- From the north, exit the Don Valley Parkway at Bayview/Bloor, Richmond St. or Lake Shore Blvd.

Motorists are advised to allow for additional time to arrive at their destination.

For further information about other closures check with Transportation Services’ Road Info line at 416-599-9090 or visit the City’s website at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Kemp, Transportation Services, 416-397-0506



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