Gardiner Expressway to close for fall maintenance

Gardiner closedTORONTO – The City of Toronto will be performing fall maintenance activities on the Gardiner Expressway starting Friday night. A full closure of the expressway is needed to ensure safety for the public and for the workers involved.

This weekend presents a good opportunity for the expressway work because no major events are scheduled in the downtown core. The Mayor’s Road Closures Committee meets monthly to select traffic closure dates with the goal of limiting disruptions to motorists.

The City will make changes to traffic-signal timing to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes, mitigating traffic congestion associated with the expressway’s closure.

The expressway will be closed between Carlaw Avenue and Highway 427/Queen Elizabeth Way from 11 p.m. on Friday, October 21 to 5 a.m. on Monday, October 24 for the work.

Specific activities that will be undertaken during the closure:
• resurfacing 1.4 “lane kilometres” of roadway
• crack sealing and repair of about 1,500 metres of asphalt surfaces
• asphalt core testing and estimates for future surface maintenance
• in-depth inspection and chipping of 15 bridges from Jameson Avenue west to Kipling Avenue
• cleaning and repair of 300 catch basins, with flushing and inspection of culverts
• shoulder re-grading to restore drainage at several locations
• installation of 900 metres of permanent median “tall wall”
• paving at various locations, including the ramp from Jameson Avenue to the westbound Gardiner Expressway
• pavement line marking from Spadina Avenue to Exhibition Place
• sign maintenance for entire length of roadway
• maintenance of 21 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, nine variable message signs (VMS) and 30 equipment cabinets
• installation of 37 signs at exit ramps
• repair of approximately 100 metres of guiderail, including end treatments and safety systems
• mechanical sweeping operations and debris removal
• inspection, repair and re-lamping of street lights, and
• pothole repairs.

Motorists can use Lake Shore Boulevard, the Queensway, King Street, Bloor Street and Evans Avenue as alternative routes during the weekend closure.

The City has a web-based map to help residents and visitors make their travel plans, available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.

In addition, the City’s T.O. INview map shows planned capital construction work taking place across the city. T.O. Inview can be accessed at http://www.toronto.ca/inview.

This work is 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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