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Gardiner Expressway closed this weekend, GO buses detour

The City of Toronto is closing the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway between Carlaw Avenue and the Humber River from 4 a.m. on Saturday, May 15 until 5 a.m. on Monday, May 17.

GO Transit buses operating to and from the Union Station GO Bus Terminal detour along Lake Shore Boulevard instead of the Gardiner.

The City will also close:

  • the eastbound express lanes between Kipling Avenue and the off-ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West on Saturday, May 15 from 2 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The collector lanes will be open only to let all traffic to exit the expressway at Park Lawn Road, because the City has closed the entire expressway further east.
  • all westbound lanes between Islington Avenue and Highway 427 on Sunday, May 16 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The City originally scheduled some of this work for Saturday, May 8 and some for overnight on Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14, but had to postpone the work because of inclement weather.

All GO buses operating to and from places east and northeast of Toronto and west and northwest of Toronto will detour. Passengers should expect delays and plan on adding extra time to their trips.

The City is closing the expressway so that work crews can perform the regular fall maintenance of the roadway, including:

  • rehabilitating the Jameson Avenue bridges across the expressway;
  • cleaning catch basins to make sure they drain properly;
  • installing a barrier wall;
  • marking pavement and maintaining signs;
  • repairing guard rails;
  • inspecting and repairing overhead signs;
  • maintaining closed-circuit television cameras;
  • installing RESCU traffic-management system vehicle detectors and
  • sweeping and removing litter.

Work on the Jameson Avenue bridges across the expressway — including work to demolish part of the bridges — continues for several weeks. The City will reduce the roadway at the bridges to two lanes in each direction until June 11.

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