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Gardiner Expressway closed this weekend

By Maryam Shah, Toronto Sun

Gardiner Expressway. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun files)

Gardiner Expressway. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun files)


Sure signs of fall: A chill in the air, colour in the trees, and the inevitable Gardiner maintenance shutdown.

If you’re hitting the highways this weekend, plan your trip around the Gardiner Expressway — it’s going to be closed end-to-end in both directions starting 11 p.m. Friday.

The city says it’s a good weekend for a closure because no major events are scheduled downtown.

Here’s all you need to know about the closure:

WHEN: 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.

WHERE: All lanes in both directions from Carlaw Ave. to Hwy. 427.

ALTERNATE ROUTES: Lake Shore Blvd., Evans Ave., King St., Bloor St., and the Queensway, though give yourself plenty of travel time — these routes all tend to deal with heavy volume delays during highway shutdowns.

Some details of what will be done:

  • Part of the roadway — 1.4 “lane kilometres” — will be resurfaced.
  • 15 bridges will be inspected.
  • 900 metres of a permanent “tall wall” will be installed.
  • 300 catch basins will be cleaned and repaired.
  • Potholes and street lamps will be repaired.
  • 37 signs will be installed at exit ramps.
  • Signs and 21 CCTV cameras along the entire stretch will be repaired.