The Don Valley Parkway, often referred to as the DVP, is a 15 kilometre long expressway that runs from the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto to Highway 401 and is one of the City’s most vital transit arterial roads.

Approximately 135,000 (weekday average) vehicles travel daily on the Don Valley Parkway.

This map highlights the location of the four bridges of the DVP that will be rehabilitated. From north to south, the bridges are: Lawrence Avenue east bridge; Wynford Drive bridge; Spanbridge Road bridge and Don Mills Road bridge

Bridge Rehabilitation over Don Valley Parkway

This summer, work will begin to rehabilitate four bridges over the Don Valley Parkway. This includes work on:

  • Don Mills Road bridge
  • Spanbridge Road bridge
  • Wynford Drive bridge
  • Lawrence Avenue East bridge

This important work will ensure that the bridges meet today’s standards and remain safe for vehicles and pedestrians into the future. The most extensive work is required on the Don Mills Road bridge and the City has bundled the rehabilitation of three other bridges into this project to complete the work as quickly as possible during the summer months (when there are typically lower traffic volumes) and avoid occupying more lanes on the DVP in coming years.

Planned Start Date

July 2, 2019

Planned End Date

October 2019

Traffic Impact

Work Stages & Dates (Dates subject to change) Traffic Impact Work Hours
Stage 1
July 2 to Mid to late August
  • The northbound median lane will be fully closed from Don Mills Road to Lawrence Avenue East.
  • The northbound HOV lane from north of Wynford Drive to St. Dennis Drive will be closed.
  • The southbound median lane will be closed at Lawrence Avenue East and at Don Mills Road.
  • The southbound HOV lane from north of Wynford Drive to St. Dennis Drive will be closed.
24 hours a day
7 days a week
Stage 1a
Early August – For 8 nights
(Dates subject to work progress)
  • Two lanes of traffic from the median on the DVP northbound and southbound will be closed at Don Mills Road so crews can access and complete work on the Don Mills Road bridge.
Overnight

12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
7 days a week

Stage 2
Mid to late August to October
  • The southbound DVP on-ramp from Don Mills Road will be closed.
  • The northbound and southbound DVP on-ramps from Lawrence Avenue East will be closed.
  • The northbound and southbound shoulders of the DVP will be closed at Don Mills Road, Spanbridge Road, Wynford Drive and Lawrence Avenue East.
24 hours a day
7 days a week
Stage 2a
Late September – For 10 nights
(Dates subject to work progress)
  • The right-hand lane, both northbound and southbound at Don Mills Road will be closed at times overnight.
  • The southbound Don Mills off-ramp will be closed.
Overnight
Monday to Friday
10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Weekends
11 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Stage 1 Traffic Maps – July 2 to mid to late August

At Don Mills Road Bridge

  • One northbound lane on the DVP closed from Don Mills Road Bridge all the way to Lawrence Avenue East Bridge
  • One southbound median lane on the DVP closed at Don Mills Road Bridge
Map showing traffic impact of Stage 1 DVP bridge rehabilitation at Don Mills Road Bridge. One lane of northbound traffic will be fully closed from Don Mills Road Bridge to Lawrence Avenue East Bridge, and the southbound median lane will be closed at Don Mills Road Bridge.
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At Spanbridge Road Bridge

  • One northbound lane on the DVP closed from Don Mills Road Bridge all the way to Lawrence Avenue East Bridge
Map showing traffic impact of Stage 1 DVP bridge rehabilitation at Spanbridge Road Bridge. One lane of northbound traffic will be fully closed all the way from Don Mills Road Bridge to Lawrence Avenue East Bridge.
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At Wynford Drive Bridge

  • Southbound HOV lane on DVP closed from north of Wynford Drive to St. Dennis Drive
  • Northbound HOV lane on the DVP closed from north of Wynford Drive to St. Dennis Drive
  • One northbound lane on the DVP closed from Don Mills Road Bridge all the way to Lawrence Avenue East Bridge
Map showing traffic impact of Stage 1 DVP bridge rehabilitation at Wynford Drive Bridge. One lane of northbound traffic will be fully closed all the way from Don Mills Road Bridge to Lawrence Avenue East Bridge. The southbound and northbound HOV lanes on the DVP closed from north of Wynford Drive to St. Dennis Drive.
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At Lawrence Avenue East Bridge

  • One northbound lane on the DVP closed from Don Mills Road Bridge all the way to Lawrence Avenue East Bridge
  • One southbound median lane on the DVP closed at Lawrence Avenue East Bridge
Map showing traffic impact of Stage 1 DVP bridge rehabilitation at Lawrence Avenue East Bridge. One lane of northbound traffic will be fully closed from Don Mills Road Bridge to Lawrence Avenue East Bridge, and the southbound median lane will be closed at Lawrence Avenue East Bridge.
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Construction Notices

Bridge Rehabilitation over the Don Valley Parkway on:

Don Mills Road bridge

Spanbridge Road bridge

Wynford Drive bridge

Lawrence Avenue East bridge

The City performs regular spring maintenance every couple years on the Don Valley Parkway. This maintenance typically involves a full or partial closure of the expressway over a weekend that allows City road crews, engineers and other stakeholders to make improvements and keep the throughway in a state of good repair.

The most recent maintenance closure took place in spring 2019 from Sunday, May 26 to Monday, May 27. Work had originally been scheduled for 54 hours but plans were adjusted to just 29 hours due to forecasted rain.

It is estimated that the work completed during the shortened 29 hour closure was the equivalent to about 20 overnight lane closures.

Here is a summary of the work completed (all numbers are approximate):

  • 5.5 lane kilometres of road resurfaced using 2,551 tonnes of asphalt
  • 234 square metres of permanent pothole repairs using 59.4 tonnes of asphalt
  • 1,535 metres of cracks filled
  • 379 metres of guiderail repaired
  • 153,507 metres of line painting
  • 160 kilometres of roadway swept
  • 153.6 tonnes of debris removed
  • 21 tonnes of litter collected
  • 541 catch basins cleaned and flushed
  • 11 culverts flushed
  • 244 overhead signs, inspected, maintained or repaired
  • 8 ‘crash cushion’ systems repaired
  • 15 bridges inspected
  • 260 street lights re-lamped, 46 street lights repaired, and one high mast pole repaired
  • 94 trees pruned

View the 2018 DVP maintenance Video.

  • Completed in 1966, the Don Valley Parkway is a 15 km long expressway that runs from the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto to Highway 401
  • The Parkway is a vital transit artery in Toronto’s travel network as it is the sole expressway connecting the north and south ends of the city
  • The Don Valley Parkway, often referred to as the DVP, runs east of the Don River through Toronto’s vibrant Don River Valley parklands
  • In its 15 km length, the DVP is primarily six lanes with 12 exits
  • The DVP north of highway 401 continues as highway 404
  • Traffic often exceeds its original design of 60,000 vehicles per day
  • The parkway has designated bus lanes to allow passing during slow traffic
  • On June 7, 2010, a section of the expressway was dedicated by former Toronto mayor David Miller as part of the Route of Heroes