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July 16, 2003
Partial closures for Don Valley Parkway, Gardiner Expressway this weekend
  
Works and Emergency Services - Maintenance and construction work on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway will result in lane closures for both roads from Friday, July 18 to Monday, July 21.

The City is taking several steps to minimize the impact of these closures by re-opening sections of the roads when work is complete. This weekend's closures will reduce the need for future weekday lane closures and will eliminate the need for a full closure of either road in the fall.

Here is the list of closures to take place.

Southbound Don Valley Parkway
  • All southbound lanes of the DVP will be closed from Highway 401 to the Gardiner Expressway starting at 11:00 p.m. on Friday July 18
  • The southbound lanes of the DVP from Don Mills Road to the Gardiner Expressway will re-open no later than 8:00 p.m. on Saturday July 19
  • All remaining sections of the southbound Don Valley Parkway will re-open no later than 5:00 a.m. on Monday July 21
Northbound Don Valley Parkway
  • All northbound lanes of the DVP will be closed from the Gardiner Expressway to Highway 401 starting at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday July 19
  • The northbound lanes of the DVP from Lawrence Avenue to Highway 401 will re-open no later than 8:00 p.m. on Saturday July 19
  • All remaining sections of the northbound Don Valley Parkway will re-open no later than 5:00 a.m. on Monday July 21
Westbound Gardiner Expressway
  • All westbound lanes of the Gardiner Expressway from Carlaw Avenue to Jarvis Street will be closed starting at 11:00 p.m. on Friday July 18 until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday July 19
The weekend work will result in several road improvements, including:
  • re-opening of the southbound DVP off-Ramp to Wynford Drive
  • new asphalt surface - northbound DVP between Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue
  • new asphalt surface - westbound Gardiner from Sherbourne Street to Yonge Street
  • installation of structural components for three new changeable message signs - southbound Don Valley Parkway south of York Mills, southbound Don Valley Parkway north of Bayview/Bloor and northbound Don Valley Parkway north of Bayview/Bloor
  • several construction work zones will be removed including north of the Gardiner Expressway, south of York Mills and north of Bayview/Bloor
  • the "bump" caused by heaving asphalt on the southbound Don Valley Parkway south of Eglinton will be removed.

"It is important that the city perform this work to ensure safe and comfortable travel conditions on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway," said David Kaufman, General Manager, Transportation Services, Works and Emergency Services. "Timely rehabilitation work also results in the long-term protection of the city's transportation assets."

Alternative traffic routes are available and the public is encouraged to consider using public transit (TTC and GO) as a convenient, alternative choice.

For up-to-date information on Toronto's road restrictions, call 416-599-9090 #125, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week or visit the city's website at www.toronto.ca/transportation. A link to a map showing the closures is available under the "What's New" section.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Coordinator,
Works and Emergency Services,
416-392-4391.

Note: Media tours of the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway construction zones will be available on Saturday July 19 between 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon. To arrange for a tour and access to the site, please contact Steve Kemp, Senior Traffic Engineer at 416-677-5742.






 

 

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