Extensive repairs completed on Gardiner for summer driving season

gardinerLast 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,  the City said in a statement on Wednesday.

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 along with 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. – CINEWS

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