The Gardiner Expressway will be closed all weekend

Nov 1 2018, 5:25 pm

The City of Toronto is going to be shutting the Gardiner Expressway for its fall maintenance this weekend.

According to the city, a full closure of the expressway, from the Don Valley Parkway/Carlaw Avenue to Highway 427/Queen Elizabeth Way, is expected to take place from Friday, November 2 at 11 pm until Monday, November 5 at 5 am.

The full closure of the Gardiner Expressway for one weekend can make improvements and keep the throughway in the best state of good-repair in advance of the coming winter season, said the city.

Over the weekend, traffic-signal timing changes will be made to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes, mitigating traffic congestion associated with the expressway’s closure.

Some specific activities that will be undertaken during the closure include:
• Paving and resurfacing of approximately 19 “lane kilometres” of roadway
• Line marking on 19,000 metres of pavement
• Inspection of 24 bridges
• Inspection of 48 overhead signs and 11 ground-mounted signs
• Replacement of one overhead sign and two ground-mounted signs
• Construction of eight concrete foundations for future overhead sign support structures
• Sign maintenance for the entire length of roadway (up to 90 signs)
• Maintenance of one variable message sign and nine equipment cabinets
• Installation of 70 traffic-detection loops
• Asphalt core testing and estimates for future surface maintenance
• Repair of approximately 400 metres of guide rail, including end treatments and safety systems
• Mechanical sweeping operations and debris removal
• Inspection, repair and re-lamping of street lights, and
• Pothole repair

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

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