November 1, 2018 1:58 pm
Updated: November 3, 2018 7:14 pm

Gardiner Expressway closed this weekend for fall maintenance

WATCH: For the first time since 2016, the Gardiner Expressway has been shut-down for the entire weekend. Thousands of tonnes of asphalt will be replaced before it re-opens Monday at 5 a.m. But the work is about much more than achieving a smoother ride.

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The busy Gardiner Expressway will be closed to traffic for its annual fall maintenance this weekend.

The City of Toronto says both directions between Don Valley Parkway/Carlaw Avenue and Highway 427/QEW will be off-limits to traffic from Friday, Nov. 2 at 11 p.m. to Monday, Nov. 5 at 5 a.m.

The highway closure was scheduled for last weekend but was postponed due to the weather.

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City officials say traffic-signal timing will be changed to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes, mitigating traffic congestion associated with the expressway’s closure

“We feel that to keep that highway in a good state of repair, to close it for 53 hours this weekend, not only is it more safe for the workers, but you know what, when you get that big equipment on the highway and you have people travel within that big equipment, it sometimes raises a concern,” Mark Mills, superintendent of road operations, said.

“So I think this is the safest, most cost-effective, cost efficient way to get this work done.”

The annual closure includes specific activities such as cleaning catch basins, marking pavements, pothole and guardrail repairs, and inspecting overhead signs.

Motorists are encouraged to use Lake Shore Boulevard, the Queensway, Bloor Street and Evans Avenue as alternative routes during the weekend closure.

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