News Release
November 1, 2018

The City of Toronto will perform fall maintenance and improvement activities on the Gardiner Expressway this weekend. A full closure of the expressway, from the Don Valley Parkway/Carlaw Avenue to Highway 427/Queen Elizabeth Way, is expected to take place from Friday, November 2 at 11 p.m. until Monday, November 5 at 5 a.m.

The full closure of the Gardiner Expressway for one weekend is an important and safe way that City road crews, engineers and other stakeholders can make improvements and keep the throughway in the best state of good-repair in advance of the coming winter season. Traffic-signal timing changes will be made to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes, mitigating traffic congestion associated with the expressway’s closure.

Some specific activities that will be undertaken during the closure:
• paving and resurfacing of approximately 19 “lane kilometres” of roadway
• line marking on 19,000 metres of pavement
• inspection of 24 bridges
• inspection of 48 overhead signs and 11 ground-mounted signs
• replacement of one overhead sign and two ground-mounted signs
• construction of eight concrete foundations for future overhead sign support structures
• sign maintenance for entire length of roadway (up to 90 signs)
• maintenance of one variable message sign and nine equipment cabinets
• installation of 70 traffic-detection loops
• asphalt core testing and estimates for future surface maintenance
• repair of approximately 400 metres of guiderail, including end treatments and safety systems
• mechanical sweeping operations and debris removal
• inspection, repair and re-lamping of street lights, and
• pothole repair.

Residents and visitors travelling in and around the city are encouraged to use public transit and can plan their travel at or Note that for GO Transit customers travelling on bus routes 16, 21 and 31, which use the Gardiner Expressway, service will be adjusted on buses arriving at or leaving Union Station Bus Terminal.

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

Details about this closure are available at

A map is available to residents and visitors to help make their travel plans, available at

In addition, the City’s T.O. INview map shows planned capital construction work taking place across the city. T.O. Inview can be accessed at

This work is part of the City’s comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto’s roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.

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Eric Holmes
Strategic Communications
416-392-4391, 416-629-4891 (cell)