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April 12, 2000
Detour Routes for Lake Shore Boulevard as Gardiner East Dismantling Project Continues
  
The second phase of the dismantling of the eastern segment of the F.G. Gardiner
Expressway will begin in April, 2000.

This phase of the project will feature the reconstruction of eastbound Lake
Shore Boulevard between the Don Roadway and Logan Avenue, construction of the
first of two new ramps and the relocation of utilities in the area.

The first new ramp, the exit ramp, will be located between the existing
Gardiner Expressway (about 250 metres east of the Don River) and Lake Shore
Boulevard just east of Bouchette Street.

During this stage of construction, eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard will be
closed between Leslie Street and the Don Roadway. Eastbound traffic will be
detoured south on the Don Roadway to Commissioners Street and then north on
Leslie Street back to Lake Shore Boulevard.

During construction, access to the Gardiner Expressway will be maintained.

Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard will remain open during this phase of the
project and there will be no change to vehicular access to the Gardiner.

"I am confident that this project will be a benefit to the entire community and
that every effort will be taken to ensure minimal disruption to the area as the
work proceeds," said Bill Saundercook, chair of the city's Works Committee.

Future construction plans call for the removal of about 1,400 metres of
elevated expressway from just east of the Don River to Leslie Street. Lake
Shore Boulevard will be developed into a new urban boulevard - complete with
enhanced landscaping, cycling and pedestrian routes, "green space," and public
art.

The project was approved by Toronto Council in June, 1999 and is scheduled for
completion by 2002.



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