Today, Mayor John Tory announced construction work currently underway on the Gardiner Expressway from Exhibition Place to Grand Magazine Street will be completed up to two months ahead of schedule, depending on weather conditions this winter.
The expressway is expected to re-open in May 2015, several weeks sooner than was originally planned for this phase of the work thanks to an accelerated work schedule negotiated by the City and the contractor.
“Traffic congestion is strangling this city and a big part of solving that problem is getting public sector construction projects done faster,” said Mayor Tory. “Going forward, I plan to work with City staff to ensure we bring this hurry up approach to projects across the city so we can get this City moving.”
“This is about making smart, informed decisions,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “Today’s investment will reduce congestion and gridlock – it’s a common sense approach.”
The City evaluated the cost and benefits of implementing acceleration costs within the contract budget in order to complete this work early. The maximum paid in acceleration costs would be $2 million depending on the actual completion date.
Currently, the City of Toronto estimates the cost of construction on the Gardiner Expressway is about $1 million per day for commuters as a result of increased travel time from lane closures related to construction.
The full completion of the work to rehabilitate the deck is expected to be done by December 2016. Construction work will resume at this location following the conclusion of the Pan Am Games.
While this work is ongoing, the City has taken steps to minimize disruption to the travelling public, including:
• Implementing traffic signal timing changes to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes
• Co-ordinating other construction projects with key stakeholders to avoid major work taking place along parallel routes, and
• Working to plan improved co-ordination and response to incidents on the Gardiner Expressway.
This construction project is part of the City’s comprehensive and co-ordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade our roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.
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