Watch this time-lapse of the removal of a Gardiner Expressway ramp (VIDEO)

Oct 31 2017, 12:15 am

Construction continues on the new off-ramp from the Gardiner Expressway to Lower Simcoe Street, which will result in road closures all week.

As part of the City of Toronto project, Lower Simcoe, between Harbour Street and Queens Quay West, will be closed to through traffic in both directions from 7 am on Monday, October 30, reopening at 7 pm on Thursday, November 2. The closure is required for the construction of the new Gardiner Expressway off-ramp at Lower Simcoe Street.

  • Traffic restrictions associated with this closure include:• Traffic on Harbour Street will not be affected through the intersection of Harbour Street and Lower Simcoe Street, but there will be no right turns onto Lower Simcoe Street.
  • North access from Queens Quay should be made at York Street or Rees Street.
  • The eastbound Rees Street on-ramp will be open at all times.
  • Westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard West will remain open.
  • Local access will be maintained to the driveways and parking facilities on Lower Simcoe from Queens Quay.
  • There will be no through north or southbound traffic on Lower Simcoe between Lake Shore Boulevard West and Queens Quay West.
  • Southbound traffic along Lower Simcoe Street will be diverted at Lake Shore Boulevard West to go west and at Harbour Street to go east.
  • Northbound traffic from Queens Quay can use the alternate routes of York Street or Rees Street.

Enhanced signage will inform drivers of the road closure and help manage traffic in the area.

During this closure, pedestrian and cyclist access to the area will be restricted. Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to use alternate routes such as Bremner Boulevard, Rees Street and York Street.

The Lake Shore Boulevard West multi-use trail remains closed from Rees Street to York Street and will remain closed for the duration of the project. Cyclists are advised to use the Martin Goodman Trail on Queens Quay West.

Work on the ramp began earlier this year, and is expected to continue until January.

As construction continues, Mayor John Tory shared a time-lapse of the removal of the Gardiner Expressway York-Bay-Yonge ramp.

And it’s actually pretty cool to watch. Check it out below.

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