Major Don Valley Parkway bridge repairs to reduce lanes all summer

Jun 27 2019, 4:48 pm

The Don Valley Parkway, or as Toronto calls it, the “DVP,” is a 15-kilometre long expressway that runs from the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto to Highway 401 and is one of Toronto’s most vital transit arterial roads.

And this summer, the City of Toronto will start to rehabilitate four bridges over the DVP.

This includes work on the Don Mills Road bridge, Spanbridge Road bridge, Wynford Drive bridge, and the Lawrence Avenue East bridge.

“This important work will ensure that the bridges meet today’s standards and remain safe for vehicles and pedestrians into the future,” states the city’s website.

“The most extensive work is required on the Don Mills Road bridge and the city has bundled the rehabilitation of three other bridges into this project to complete the work as quickly as possible during the summer months (when there are typically lower traffic volumes) and avoid occupying more lanes on the DVP in coming years.”

All the work will start on July 2, and the planned end date is October 2019.

Overnight beginning at 10 pm on Monday, July 1, southbound DVP at Lawrence Avenue East and at Don Mills Road will be reduced to one lane and the DVP at Spanbridge Road and Wynford Drive will be reduced to two lanes as crews work to safely set up the construction work zone.

The northbound DVP work zone will be set up beginning at 12 am on Tuesday, July 2, according to the city. From Don Mills Road moving towards Lawrence Avenue East, northbound DVP will be reduced to one lane until 5 am on Tuesday, July 2.

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Depending on the progress made overnight on July 1 to July 2, crews may implement similar lane restrictions overnight on July 2 to July 3 to safely complete the work zone staging.

By 5 am on Tuesday, July 2, at least two lanes will be open in each direction on the DVP.

All lane restrictions as part of the traffic impact below should be fully in effect by Wednesday, July 3.

 

Work Stages & Dates (Dates subject to change) Traffic Impact Work Hours
Stage 1
July 2 to Mid to late August
  • The northbound median lane will be fully closed from Don Mills Road to Lawrence Avenue East.
  • The northbound HOV lane (used by TTC and GO Transit) from north of Wynford Drive to St. Dennis Drive will be closed.
  • The southbound median lane will be closed at Lawrence Avenue East and at Don Mills Road.
  • The southbound HOV lane (used by TTC and GO Transit) from north of Wynford Drive to St. Dennis Drive will be closed.
24 hours a day
7 days a week
Stage 1a
Early August – For 8 nights
(Dates subject to work progress)
  • Two lanes of traffic from the median on the DVP northbound and southbound will be closed at Don Mills Road so crews can access and complete work on the Don Mills Road bridge.
Overnight12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
7 days a week
Stage 2
Mid to late August to October
  • The southbound DVP on-ramp from Don Mills Road will be closed.
  • The northbound and southbound DVP on-ramps from Lawrence Avenue East will be closed.
  • The northbound and southbound shoulders of the DVP will be closed at Don Mills Road, Spanbridge Road, Wynford Drive and Lawrence Avenue East.
24 hours a day
7 days a week
Stage 2a
Late September – For 10 nights
(Dates subject to work progress)
  • The right-hand lane, both northbound and southbound at Don Mills Road will be closed at times overnight.
  • The southbound Don Mills off-ramp will be closed.
Overnight
Monday to Friday
10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Weekends
11 p.m. to 8 a.m.

For full details and traffic maps, check out the city’s Don Valley Parkway website.