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City of Toronto closing Gardiner Expressway
for seasonal maintenance, November 2 to 5



The City of Toronto is closing

  • the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway in both directions between Highway 427 and Carlaw Avenue

from 11 p.m. Friday, November 2 until 5 a.m. Monday, November 5 for the City’s annual fall maintenance program.

While the Gardiner is closed, City workers (and contractors) are:

  • resurfacing 19 “lane kilometres” (12 “lane miles”) of roadway;
  • marking lines on 19,000 metres (62,936 feet) of pavement;
  • inspecting 24 bridges;
  • inspecting 48 overhead signs and 11 ground-mounted signs;
  • replacing an overhead sign and two ground-mounted signs;
  • building eight concrete foundations for future overhead sign support structures;
  • maintaining signs for the entire roadway (as many as 90 signs);
  • maintaining a variable message sign and nine equipment cabinets;
  • installing 70 traffic-detection loops;
  • core-testing asphalt and estimating future surface maintenance requirements;
  • repairing about 400 metres (1,312 feet) of guardrail, including end treatments and safety systems;
  • sweeping and removing debris;
  • inspecting, repairing and relamping street lights; and
  • repairing potholes.

Closing the Gardiner affects buses operating along these GO Transit routes to and from the Union Station GO Bus Terminal:

  • 16 Hamilton / Toronto express;
  • 18 Lakeshore West early-morning / late-night;
  • 21 Milton / Toronto;
  • 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto;
  • 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto;
  • 63 King City / Toronto;
  • 65 East Gwillimbury / Newmarket / Toronto;
  • 71 Stouffville / Toronto; and
  • 90 Lakeshore East early-morning / late-night.

At certain times while the expressway is closed, GO is likely detouring the buses along The Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard, instead of the Gardiner, but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.

From 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, GO starts and ends all buses operating along the 16 Hamilton / Toronto express route in Aldershot GO Station,. Passengers must travel by train between Aldershot and Union Station.

It also starts and ends buses along the 21 Milton / Toronto and 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto routes at Port Credit GO Station. Passengers must travel by train between Union Station and Port Credit. Buses operating a

Motorists that would usually drive along the Gardiner will seek alternate routes on nearby parallel streets, increasing traffic volumes along Lake Shore Boulevard, The Queensway, King and Queen Streets, among others.

The extra traffic may delay TTC service along these routes:

  • 6 Bay;
  • 15 Evans;
  • 29 Dufferin;
  • 47 Lansdowne;
  • 63 Ossington;
  • 65 Parliament;
  • 66 Prince Edward;
  • 72 Pape;
  • 75 Sherbourne;
  • 76 Royal York South;
  • 80 Queensway;
  • 110 Islington South;
  • 121 Fort York - Esplanade;
  • 123 Shorncliffe;
  • 501 Queen;
  • 504 King;
  • 505 Dundas;
  • 509 Harbourfront;
  • 510 Spadina; and
  • 511 Bathurst.

65 / 65B / 65C East Gwillimbury / Newmarket / Toronto

From 11 p.m. Friday, November 2 until 5 a.m. Monday, November 5, GO is likely detouring the buses along Lake Shore Boulevard East, instead of the Gardiner, but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.

31 / 31A / 31E / 31F / 31L / 31N Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto;

31A, 31F and 31L branches

From 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, November 4, all buses start and end their trips in Port Credit GO Station bus terminal. GO is only offering train service, not bus service, between Union Station and Port Credit.

Eastbound buses operate along their regular route to Highway 427 and the Queen Elizabeth Way / Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway, then proceed:

westward along the Queen Elizabeth Way;
southward along Hurontario;
westward along Park Street East;
northward along Elizabeth Street; and then
westward along Queen Street East to Port Credit GO Station,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses start their trips in Port Credit GO Station bus terminal, then proceed:

westward along Queen East;
southward along Elizabeth Street;
eastward along Park East;
northward along Hurontario; and then
eastward along the Queen Elizabeth Way to Highway 427,
resuming their regular route northward along Highway 427.

All branches

From 11 p.m. Friday, November 2 until 9 a.m. Saturday, November 3 and from 11 p.m. Saturday, until 9 a.m. Sunday, November 4 and from 11 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday, November 5, GO is likely detouring the buses along The Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard West, instead of the Gardiner, but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.

Expect heavy traffic to delay buses by 30 to 45 minutes off schedule.

16 Hamilton / Toronto express

From 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, November 4, all buses start and end their trips in Aldershot GO Station bus terminal. GO is only offering train service, not bus service, between Aldershot and Union Station.

From 11 p.m. Friday, November 2 until 9 a.m. Saturday, November 3 and from 11 p.m. Saturday, until 9 a.m. Sunday, November 4 and from 11 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday, November 5, GO is likely detouring the buses along The Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard West, instead of the Gardiner, but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.

Expect heavy traffic to delay buses by 30 to 45 minutes off schedule.

63 King City / Toronto

From 11 p.m. Friday, November 2 until 5 a.m. Monday, November 5, GO is likely detouring the buses along Lake Shore Boulevard West, instead of the Gardiner, but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.

Expect heavy traffic to delay buses by 30 to 45 minutes off schedule.

90B / 90C Lakeshore East early-morning / late-night

All day Saturday, November 3 and and Sunday, November 4 and before 5 a.m. Monday, November 5, GO is likely detouring the buses along Lake Shore Boulevard East, instead of the Gardiner, but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.

18B / 18C / 18D / 18F / 18G / 18H Lakeshore West early-morning / late-night

All day Saturday, November 3 and and Sunday, November 4 and before 5 a.m. Monday, November 5, GO is likely detouring the buses along The Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard West, instead of the Gardiner, but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.

Expect heavy traffic to delay buses by 30 to 45 minutes off schedule.

21 / 21A / 21B / 21D / 21G / 21H / 21N / 21P Milton / Toronto

21B and 21P branches

From 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, all buses start and end their trips in Port Credit GO Station bus terminal. GO is only offering train service, not bus service, between Union Station and Port Credit.

Eastbound buses operate along their regular route to Hurontario Street and the Queen Elizabeth Way, then proceed:

southward along Hurontario;
westward along Park Street East;
northward along Elizabeth Street; and then
westward along Queen Street East to Port Credit GO Station,
ending their trips.

Westbound buses start their trips in Port Credit GO Station bus terminal, then proceed:

westward along Queen East;
southward along Elizabeth Street;
eastward along Park East; and then
northward along Hurontario to the Queen Elizabeth Way,
resuming their regular route northward along Hurontario.

All branches

From 11 p.m. Friday, November 2 until 9 a.m. Saturday, November 3 and from 11 p.m. Saturday, until 9 a.m. Sunday, November 4 and from 11 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday, November 5, GO is likely detouring the buses along The Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard West, instead of the Gardiner, but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.

Expect heavy traffic to delay buses by 30 to 45 minutes off schedule.

61 Richmond Hill / Toronto

After 11 p.m. Friday, November 2, GO is likely detouring the buses along Lake Shore Boulevard East, instead of the Gardiner, but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.

71 / 71C / 71G Stouffville / Toronto

From 11 p.m. Friday, November 2 until 5 a.m. Monday, November 5, GO is likely detouring the buses along Lake Shore Boulevard East, instead of the Gardiner, but the buses serve all regular stops. However, GO Transit Control monitors road conditions and may direct bus drivers to detour along other streets, depending on traffic flow.