Falling concrete closes left lane of westbound Gardiner

WATCH: Catherine McDonald has the details on the latest incident of concrete falling off of the aging Gardiner Expressway.

TORONTO – Mayor John Tory is asking city staff to look into expanding repairs of the Gardiner Expressway after a fallen piece of concrete has closed a westbound lane  from Lake Shore Boulevard Monday morning.

Toronto Traffic Services say the concrete fell before 10 a.m. from the eastbound Gardiner at the northbound DVP ramp onto the roadway below.

City crews responded and immediately started a chipping program to try and find other loose pieces of concrete.

“I’m just not satisfied that it’s good enough to have chunks falling off the Gardiner. If one falls at the wrong place at the wrong time, it’s going to be a tragedy,” he said. “This has to be safer than what we have today when chunks are falling off.”

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WATCH: Toronto Mayor John Tory wants immediate action to address concrete falling off Gardiner

Tory has asked city staff to report, in a matter of days, on different ways the city could keep concrete from falling from the Gardiner.

No injuries have been reported. There no time frame when the lane will reopen to traffic.

The incident comes one month after a chunk of concrete fell from the Gardiner and crashed into a driver’s windshield.

The city’s general manager of Transportation Services Stephen Buckley said last month there were a few dozen falling concrete cases in 2013.

That number dropped to just four in 2014 and there has only been two claimed incidents in 2015.


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